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[moi-suh n] /ˈmɔɪ sən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become moist.
1570-80; moist + -en1
Related forms
moistener, noun
overmoisten, verb
premoistened, adjective
remoisten, verb
supermoisten, verb (used with object)
unmoisten, verb (used with object)
dampen, wet, sponge, spray. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moistened
  • In addition, the fluid sometimes moistened the burial shroud near the corpse's mouth so that the cloth sagged into the jaw.
  • Beat with a spoon or mixer until dough is well moistened.
  • Then, as they moistened and broke down, they released their heat.
  • Add a few spoonfuls of the hot liquid to the moistened rice flour, and pour the mixture into the pan.
  • Instead, air from the outside flows over foam pads moistened by water sprays to cool by evaporation.
  • Transfer to a bowl, then add butter, stirring until crumbs are thoroughly moistened.
  • Sometimes he committed his vows to written tablets, and often hung at her door garlands which he had moistened with his tears.
  • He never changed the water in which he moistened his palm-tree leaves, but only poured in fresh water upon it as it wasted.
  • Her eyes moistened and her lips contracted as before an outbreak of tears.
  • It is moistened with clarified butter-then baked, and sweetened with honey or sugar.
British Dictionary definitions for moistened


to make or become moist
Derived Forms
moistener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moistened



1570s, from moist + -en (1). Related: Moistened; moistening. The earlier verb was simply moist (early 14c.), from Old French moistir.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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