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Wet \Wet\, n. [AS. w[=ae]ta. See Wet, a.] [1913 Webster]
Water or wetness; moisture or humidity in considerable degree. [1913 Webster] Have here a cloth and wipe away the wet. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Now the sun, with more effectual beams, Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet From drooping plant. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Rainy weather; foggy or misty weather. [1913 Webster]
A dram; a drink. [Slang] [1913 Webster]
Wet \Wet\ (w[e^]t), a. [Compar. Wetter; superl. Wettest.] [OE. wet, weet, AS. w[=ae]t; akin to OFries. w[=e]t, Icel. v[=a]tr, Sw. v[*a]t, Dan. vaad, and E. water. [root]137. See Water.] [1913 Webster]
Containing, or consisting of, water or other liquid; moist; soaked with a liquid; having water or other liquid upon the surface; as, wet land; a wet cloth; a wet table. "Wet cheeks." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Very damp; rainy; as, wet weather; a wet season. "Wet October's torrent flood." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
(Chem.) Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid; as, the wet extraction of copper, in distinction from dry extraction in which dry heat or fusion is employed. [1913 Webster]
Refreshed with liquor; drunk. [Slang] --Prior. [1913 Webster] Wet blanket, Wet dock, etc. See under Blanket, Dock, etc. Wet goods, intoxicating liquors. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Syn: Nasty; humid; damp; moist. See Nasty. [1913 Webster]
Wet \Wet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wet (rarely Wetted); p. pr. & vb. n. Wetting.] [AS. w[=ae]tan.] To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to wet the hands; to wet cloth. "[The scene] did draw tears from me and wetted my paper." --Burke. [1913 Webster] Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise . . . Whether to deck with clouds the uncolored sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers. --Milton. [1913 Webster] To wet one's whistle, to moisten one's throat; to drink a dram of liquor. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Let us drink the other cup to wet our whistles. --Walton. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wet adj
1 covered or soaked with a liquid such as water; "a wet bathing suit"; "wet sidewalks"; "wet paint"; "wet weather" [ant: dry]
2 supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "a wet candidate running on a wet platform"; "a wet county" [ant: dry]
3 producing or secreting milk; "a wet nurse"; "a wet cow"; "lactating cows" [syn: lactating] [ant: dry]
4 consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor; "a wet cargo"; "a wet canteen"
5 very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, potty, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tiddly, tiddley, tight, tipsy] n : wetness caused by water; "drops of wet gleamed on the window" [syn: moisture]


1 cause to become wet; "Wet your face" [ant: dry]
2 make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating; "This eight year old boy still wets his bed" [also: wetting, wetted, wettest, wetter]

Moby Thesaurus

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WET Western European Time [+0000] (TZ, WDT)



Old English wǣt


  • , /wɛt/, /wEt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛt



  1. Of an object, etc, covered with or impregnated with liquid.
    I went out in the rain and now my clothes are all wet.
  2. Of weather or a day, rainy.
    It’s going to be wet tomorrow.
  3. Made up of liquid or moisture.
    Water is wet.
  4. Of a person, ineffectual.
    Don't be so wet.
  5. Of a woman, sexually aroused.
    He got me all wet.



of an object: covered with or impregnated with liquid
of weather: rainy (See rainy)
made of liquid or moisture
of a person: ineffectual
of a woman: sexually aroused
  • Dutch: nat
  • Finnish: märkä


  1. Liquid or moisture.
  2. Rainy weather.
    Don't go out in the wet.
  3. In the context of "UK|pejorative": A moderate Conservative.


pejorative: moderate Conservative


  1. To cover or impregnate with liquid.
  2. To urinate accidentally in or on.
    Johnny wets the bed several times a week.
  3. To become wet


cover or impregnate with liquid
urinate accidentally in or on
become wet



  • /ʋɛt/


  1. law (rule)
  2. law (body of rules declared and/or enforced by a government)
  3. law

Derived terms

See also

Wet could refer to:
  • The condition of being liquid or being covered in a liquid.
  • Wet, an album released in 1979 by Barbra Streisand.
  • The wets, moderate members of the British Conservative Party.
  • Phencyclidine (PCP), a dissociative anesthetic.
  • Wet, a magazine about "gourmet bathing" from the late 1970s.
  • Wet, a type of stew used in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.
  • an area that allows the sale of alcohol, or an opponent of Prohibition (opposite of dry)
  • Wet (Video Game) An upcoming video game developed and published by Sierra.
WET may stand for:

See also

  • Wetting, getting two different materials to adhere (stick) to each other.
  • Wet Wet Wet, successful Scottish pop band of the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Wet dream, seminal ejaculation during sleep.
  • Wetback, derogatory term for a Mexican laborer who illegally enters the United States by swimming or wading the Rio Grande River.
  • Wet-on-wet, a painting technique
  • Wet nurse, a woman who breast feeds a baby that is not her own.
  • Wet etching, removal of material by immersing the wafer in a liquid bath of chemical etchant.
  • Christiaan Rudolf de Wet, a Boer general and politician.
  • Wet & Wild: Slippery When Wet, ninth and last video in the Wet & Wild series of videos produced by Playboy magazine
  • Wet bulb globe temperature, to measure the possible evaporation in natural ventilation conditions
  • Wet artificial life, artificial life created in water (or other solvent) based chemical substrates.
  • Wet clean, process of using strong acids to remove damage from the surface of semiconductors.
  • Wet work, euphemism for murder or assassination by governmental agencies that came into use during the Cold War.
  • Wet grinder, popular tools in the South Indian kitchen used to make paste out of soaked grains and lentils.
  • Wet season, seasons in which the average rainfall in a region is significantly increased.
  • Subpreputial wetness, lanolin-like wetness commonly found in under the prepuce in most male and female individuals who have not undergone circumcision, as well as in the female vulva area.
  • Wet cell, kind of electrochemical cell
  • Adequately wet, environmental term referring to asbestos containing material that is sufficiently mixed or penetrated with liquid to prevent the release of particulates
  • Wet-folded, an origami technique
  • Wet electrons
  • Wet dock, dock where the level of water is maintained
  • Wet Congress, condition achieved in the 1932 election where a proper majority was set in the US congress to overturn the Volstead Act, ending prohibition.
  • Wetting layer
  • Wet sump, lubricating oil management design for four-stroke piston internal combustion engines which uses a built-in reservoir for oil
  • Wet from Birth, fourth studio album by the indie rock band The Faint.
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket, American folk pop band.
  • Wet T-shirt contest, form of beauty contest.
  • Wet and messy fetishism, form of sexual fetishism.
  • Wet Mountain Valley, located in Custer County in south-central Colorado.
  • Nicolaas Jacobus de Wet, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1943 to 1946.
  • Wetted aspect ratio (wing), good indication of the aerodynamic efficiency of an aircraft.
  • Wet feet/dry feet, 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.
  • I Get Wet, debut album from metal solo artist Andrew W. K.
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland, series of National Parks stretching for 450 km along the north east coast of Australia
  • My Soul Is Wet, the only album by the band Mutha's Day Out.
  • My Soul Is Wet (song), second track and the title track to the only album released by Mutha's Day Out.
  • Wet Dream (album), first solo album by Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.
  • Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi's third and most commercially successful album.
  • Wet Hot American Summer, 2001 feature film
  • Wetted surface, a fluid mechanics term indicating the area of an object exposed to the fluid in question.
wet in German: WET
wet in French: WET
wet in Italian: WET
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