from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To dry out thoroughly.
- transitive v. To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
- transitive v. To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
- intransitive v. To become dry; dry out.
- adj. Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind” ( J.R. Salamanca).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to dry
- v. to preserve by drying
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To dry up; to deprive or exhaust of moisture; to preserve by drying.
- intransitive v. To become dry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dry; deprive of moisture; expel moisture from; especially, to bring to a thoroughly dry state for preservation, as various kinds of food.
- To become dry.
- Dry; dried.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lose water or moisture
- adj. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
- v. preserve by removing all water and liquids from
- v. remove water from
Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēsiccō (Wiktionary)