noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from moiste Date: 14th century liquid diffused or condensed in relatively small quantity

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  • moisture — ► NOUN ▪ water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapour, within a solid, or condensed on a surface …   English terms dictionary

  • moisture — [mois′chər] n. [OFr moisteur < moiste: see MOIST] water or other liquid causing a slight wetness or dampness moistureless adj …   English World dictionary

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  • moisture — 01. After I take a shower, the walls of our bathroom are covered with [moisture]. 02. You have to make sure that you turn the compost once in a while in order to get air and [moisture] in there to help all the stuff to break down. 03. Sea animals …   Grammatical examples in English

  • moisture — n in coal, that water in and on coal assayed in accordance with standard test methods in which the final step is the measurement of mass loss from a coal sample heated to 104 to 110°C at specified conditions of residence time, atmosphere, sample… …   Coke&Coal Terminology

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  • Moisture — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Moisture >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 moisture moisture Sgm: N 1 moistness moistness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 humidity humidity humectation Sgm: N 1 madefaction| madefaction| dew Sgm: N 1 serein …   English dictionary for students

  • moisture — [[t]mɔ͟ɪstʃə(r)[/t]] N UNCOUNT Moisture is tiny drops of water in the air, on a surface, or in the ground. When the soil is dry, more moisture is lost from the plant... Rainfall affects the moisture content of the atmosphere …   English dictionary

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