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DRY. Used figuratively, it signifies that which produces nothing; as, dry exchange; dry rent; rent seek.

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'The residents of Sitio Pagan drier and onwards have already suffered for quite a long time due to the non-cooperation of Mr.
"This more changeable weather is expected to continue into the Bank Holiday weekend with all parts seeing rain or showers at times, although by Monday the southwest should see some drier and brighter, more settled conditions.
There may be a few showers around but it should be a lot drier for the rest of the meeting."
"Now that doesn't mean every summer or winter will change in that way, we'll still get colder summers, we'll still get drier winters, because of natural variability.
Met Office forecasters said: "Heavy rain and hill snow will gradually clear northwards, becoming drier but with occasional showers.
Kronospan said no-one was injured in the fire, which started in a drier and involved wood chippings.
The north of England will experience drier and brighter weather."
Cobalt is the most common oxidative drier and has been commercially available since the early 1900s.
In recent years, the region has experienced drier, warmer springs and hotter, drought-like summers.
That shows the period from 1998 through 2012, when the study stopped, to have been 50 percent drier than the second driest period in the last 500 years and 10 to 20 percent drier than the worst previous drought of the last 900 years.