mois·ture BrE [ˈmɔɪstʃə(r)] NAmE [ˈmɔɪstʃər] noun uncountable
very small drops of water that are present in the air, on a surface or in a substance
• the skin's natural moisture
• a material that is designed to absorb/retain moisture
[moisture] late Middle English (denoting moistness): from Old French moistour, from moiste, based on Latin mucidus ‘mouldy’ (influenced by musteus ‘fresh’, from mustum, neuter (used as a noun) of mustus ‘new’).
• Tiles stop moisture from penetrating your walls.
• Ventilation helps prevent moisture build-up.
• Wind is caused by the sun drawing up moisture from the earth.
• the moisture in the soil
• Beads of moisture were forming on his forehead.
• Sinai limestone is known to retain moisture.
• This lotion cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
• Trees need moisture in order to maintain their growth.
wetness caused by water
- drops of wet gleamed on the window
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||A moderate degree of wetness.|
|2.||That which moistens or makes damp or wet; exuding fluid; liquid in small quantity.|
All my body's moisture
Scarce serves to quench my furnace-burning heat.
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