arid

adjective
ar·​id | \ ˈa-rəd, ˈer-əd\

Definition of arid

1 : excessively dry specifically : having insufficient rainfall to support agriculture an arid region
2 : lacking in interest and life : jejune arid textbooks

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Other Words from arid

aridity \ ə-​ˈri-​də-​tē , a-​ \ noun
aridness \ ˈa-​rəd-​nəs , ˈer-​əd-​ \ noun

Examples of arid in a Sentence

a dull and arid textbook an arid speech about duty and responsibility

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Tourists looking for high-end safaris and migrating herds trailed by slavering lions were not drawn to its arid expanses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 He and Mom adjusted to their arid surroundings quickly. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 Abnormally arid conditions persist in more than 11 western states, with more than half the region experiencing drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Brian K. Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Wildfires are burning three times more of California this year than last," 13 Aug. 2018 At this line the arid West begins with startling consistency, the tall prairie grass cedes to short grass and less fertile soils. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 That means that, during the early pulses of migration out of Africa, the Middle Pleistocene pioneers wouldn’t have faced the challenge of adapting to life in today’s hot, arid desert. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 The finger bone was discovered in 2016 at the site of Al Wusta, an ancient freshwater lake located in what is now the extremely arid Nefud Desert, about 340 miles southeast of the Sinai Peninsula. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Oldest human fossil found in Saudi Arabia indicates migration out of Africa more widespread," 9 Apr. 2018 People who live near national parks are treated each day to natural wonders that can include majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, arid deserts, lush forests and an array of wildlife. Kathy Orton, chicagotribune.com, "The ultimate backyard: 12 homes for sale near national parks," 29 Aug. 2017 About 90 percent of the country is considered to be desert or arid and the Yemeni government heavily relied on food imports prior to the conflict. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of arid

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arid

French or Latin; French aride, from Latin aridus, from arēre to be dry; akin to Sanskrit āsa ash, Old English asce

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arid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of arid

: very dry : having very little rain or water

: lacking in interest and life

arid

adjective
ar·​id | \ ˈer-əd \

Kids Definition of arid

: not having enough rainfall to support agriculture

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