The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dry \Dry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dried; p. pr. & vb. n.
Drying.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See Dry,
To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any
kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to
dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet
cloth; to dry hay.
To dry up.
(a) To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of
water; to consume.
Their honorable men are famished, and their
multitude dried up with thirst. -- Is. v. 13.
The water of the sea, which formerly covered it,
was in time exhaled and dried up by the sun.
(b) To make to cease, as a stream of talk.
Their sources of revenue were dried up. -- Jowett
To dry a cow, or To dry up a cow, to cause a cow to cease
secreting milk. --Tylor.