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[drahy-er] /ˈdraɪ ər/
Also, drier. a machine, appliance, or apparatus for removing moisture, as by forced ventilation or heat:
hair dryer; clothes dryer.
drier1 (defs 1, 2).
Can be confused
drier, dryer. Unabridged
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  • The centrifugal wringer, or dryer, consists of a tub, inside of which is a smaller tub with perforated sides.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • But if she had returned a flat "no," Flora would not have had a dryer sense of unwelcome.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • It was a good position; higher than the surrounding country, dryer, and more healthful.

    Famous Indian Chiefs Charles H. L. Johnston
  • The dryer the ground in preparing it for the seed, and for the sowing of the same, the better.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • With the lapse of time it must necessarily become dryer and dryer—must eventually be tinder, easily lighted and destroyed.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • In Micronesia there are two seasons: a wet summer and a dryer winter.

  • Very common in woodlands, preferring a dryer soil than the marsh fern.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • We have moved our camp across the road to higher and dryer ground.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • This species has been taken from our region although such large specimens have been reported only from dryer regions.

British Dictionary definitions for dryer


a person or thing that dries
an apparatus for removing moisture by forced draught, heating, or centrifuging
any of certain chemicals added to oils such as linseed oil to accelerate their drying when used as bases in paints, etc


a variant spelling of drier1
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Word Origin and History for dryer

agent noun from dry (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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