- IPA: /ˈmɔɪstʃɚ/
- That which moistens or makes damp or wet; exuding fluid; liquid in small quantity.
- drops / beads of moisture
- circa 1590 William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3, Act II, Scene 1,
- I cannot weep; for all my body’s moisture
- Scarce serves to quench my furnace-burning heart:
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Gospel of Luke 8.6,
- And some [seed] fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
- 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 7,
- […] Nicholas Nickleby’s eyes were dimmed with a moisture that might have been taken for tears.
- 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, London: Constable, Chapter 3, p. 39,
- […] as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth.
- 1962, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Chapter 6, p. 65,
- The sage—low-growing and shrubby—could hold its place on the mountain slopes and on the plains, and within its small gray leaves it could hold moisture enough to defy the thieving winds.
- The state of being moist.
- Synonyms: dampness, humidity, wetness
- 1627, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or A Naturall Historie, London: William Lee, Century 4, p. 84,
- […] all Exclusion of Open Aire, (which is euer Predatory) maintaineth the Body in his first Freshnesse, and Moisture:
- 1643, John Denham (poet), Coopers Hill, p. 7,
- Such was the discord, which did first disperse
- Forme, order, beauty through the universe;
- While drynesse moisture, coldnesse heat resists,
- All that we have, and that we are subsists:
- 1794, Erasmus Darwin, Zoonomia, London: J. Johnson, Volume 1, Section 7, I.1, p. 39,
- [The organs of touch are excited] by the unceasing variations of the heat, moisture, and pressure of the atmosphere;
- (medicine) Skin moisture noted as dry, moist, clammy, or diaphoretic as part of the skin signs assessment.
- French: humidité
- German: Feuchtigkeit, Nässe
- Italian: umidità
- Portuguese: umidade, humidade
- Russian: вла́га
- Spanish: humedad
- Russian: вла́га