adj. wet·ter, wet·test
1. Covered or soaked with a liquid, such as water: a wet towel.
2. Not yet dry or firm: wet paint.
a. Stored in or prepared with water or other liquids.
b. Characterized by the use or presence of water or liquid reagents: wet chemistry.
c. Involving the performance of experiments rather than the design or analysis of them: a wet lab.
a. Rainy, humid, or foggy: wet weather.
b. Characterized by frequent or heavy precipitation: a wet climate.
5. Informal Allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet county.
1. Something that wets; moisture.
2. Rainy or snowy weather: go out into the wet.
3. Informal One who supports the legality of the production and sale of alcoholic beverages.
v. wet or wet·ted, wet·ting, wets
1. To make wet; dampen: wet a sponge.
2. To make (a bed or one's clothes) wet by urinating.
1. To become wet.
2. To urinate.
all wet Slang
wet behind the ears
wet (one's) whistle Informal
To take a drink.
[Middle English, from Old English wǣt; see wed-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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