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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In a show that explores the present attack on reproductive justice, West imagines a broken society rapidly declining into a dusty, arid wasteland. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "With 2018-19 season, Jackalope Theatre Company to stage two world premieres," 10 July 2018 Israel, a tiny, arid country that is home to more than 8 billion people, is also among the most densely populated in the world. Shira Rubin, USA TODAY, "The Middle East's first natural history museum is designed like Noah's Ark," 29 June 2018 Egypt fears the dam will cut into its share of the river, which provides virtually all the fresh water for the arid country of 100 million people. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt’s share of Nile waters," 10 June 2018 Egypt fears the dam will cut into its share of the river, which provides virtually all the fresh water for the arid country of 100 million people. Washington Post, "PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt’s share of Nile waters," 10 June 2018 Egypt fears the dam will cut into its share of the river, which provides virtually all the fresh water for the arid country of 100 million people. Fox News, "PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters," 10 June 2018 In the past, the kingdom, an arid country with few resources, had relied on the largesse of both the U.S. and Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "'We are trapped,' one Jordanian says as the country weighs tough choices from the IMF," 9 June 2018 The movie is filled with stunning landscapes, and the sleek lions are part of an arid but beautiful terrain that both sustains and threatens. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Rare desert lions are magnificent, and you can see them in their home territory," 8 July 2018 Although parts of deciduous forests in the region have died due to arid conditions and heat waves, Piovesan and his colleagues found that the old pine has thrived. National Geographic, "Oldest European Tree Found—And It's Having a Growth Spurt," 25 May 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

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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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