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wet



Pronunciation: (wet), [key]
adj., wet•ter, wet•test,
n., v., wet or wet•ted, wet•ting.


adj.
1. moistened, covered, or soaked with water or some other liquid: wet hands.
2. in a liquid form or state: wet paint.
3. characterized by the presence or use of water or other liquid.
4. moistened or dampened with rain; rainy: Wet streets make driving hazardous.
5. allowing or favoring the sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet town.
6. characterized by frequent rain, mist, etc.: the wet season.
7. laden with a comparatively high percent of moisture or vapor, esp. water vapor: There was a wet breeze from the west.
8. Informal.
a. intoxicated.
b. marked by drinking: a wet night.
9. using water or done under or in water, as certain chemical, mining, and manufacturing processes.
10. all wet, Informal.completely mistaken; in error: He insisted that our assumptions were all wet.
11. wet behind the ears, immature; naive; green: She was too wet behind the ears to bear such responsibilities.

n.
1. something that is or makes wet, as water or other liquid; moisture: The wet from the earth had made the basement unlivable.
2. damp weather; rain: Stay out of the wet as much as possible.
3. a person in favor of allowing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
4. Informal (disparaging and offensive). a wetback.

v.t.
1. to make (something) wet, as by moistening or soaking (sometimes fol. by through or down): Wet your hands before soaping them.
2. to urinate on or in: The dog had wet the carpet.

v.i.
1. to become wet (sometimes fol. by through or down): Dampness may cause plastered walls to wet. My jacket has wet through.
2. (of animals and children) to urinate.
3. wet out,to treat (fabric) with a wetting agent to increase its absorbency.
4. wet one's whistle. See whistle (def. 16).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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