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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Moving through the air often dries off perspiration from the skin.
It's a natural resin dissolved in isopropanol that, when sprayed on all four tyres, dries off leaving a sticky layer.