causing dryness: a drying breeze.
designed to become or capable of becoming dry and hard on exposure to air.

1350–1400; Middle English; see dry, -ing2

nondrying, adjective
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drying (ˈdraɪɪŋ)
1.  the action or process of making or becoming dry
2.  Also called (not now in technical usage): seasoning the processing of timber until it has a moisture content suitable for the purposes for which it is to be used
3.  causing dryness: a drying wind

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dryge (adj.), drygan (v.), from P.Gmc. *draugiz. Of humor, 1540s; of places prohibiting alcoholic drink, 1870 (but dry feast, one at which no liquor is served, is from late 15c.). Related: Dried; drily. Of the two noun spellings, drier is the older (1520s), while dryer (1874) was first used of machines.
Dry goods (1708) were those measured out in dry, not liquid, measure. Dry land (that not under the sea) is from early 13c. Dry out in the drug addiction sense is from 1967. Dry up "stop talking" is 1853.
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