ar·​id | \ ˈa-rəd How to pronounce arid (audio) , 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 How to pronounce aridity (audio) , a-​ \ noun
aridness \ ˈa-​rəd-​nəs How to pronounce aridness (audio) , ˈer-​əd-​ \ noun

Examples of arid in a Sentence

a dull and arid textbook an arid speech about duty and responsibility
Recent Examples on the Web Located in a far-flung corner of West Texas, just 30 minutes from Carlsbad Caverns, the park is a magical respite from the arid tract of the Chihuahuan Desert to the south. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Add Guadalupe Mountains to Your Must-Visit List," 1 May 2020 Orbiting Mars since 2014, MAVEN allows researchers to track the ongoing deterioration of the planet’s atmosphere—a process that, billions of years ago, transformed Mars from a warm, wet world to its current cold, arid state. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Mars Needs Money: White House Budget Could Prompt Retreat from Red Planet," 30 Apr. 2020 The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity, and is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's Luxury 13-day Itinerary in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands," 23 Apr. 2020 Soils in arid regions become barren, crops fail, and deserts expand. Scott Elder, National Geographic, "5 vital roles insects play in our ecosystem," 23 Apr. 2020 More than 100 years earlier, midwestern farmers and ranchers moving into the arid Great Plains turned to wind as a power source pumping water from underground to nourish their operations. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Translation of the embalming certificate or of arid remains. Javier Arce, azcentral, "How repatriation of loved ones to Mexico works in a pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020 As the Colorado River slowly dwindles, groundwater resources are depleted, and wells are being dug ever deeper, the specter of drought looms in the US—particularly, but not exclusively, in the arid Southwest. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Another disaster is ready to catch the US unprepared: Drought," 17 Apr. 2020 What greater gift could land reclaimers give to arid regions than consistent water? Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Willow Creek: An Obscure Stream Shapes Life, Death, and Landscape," 16 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arid

: very dry : having very little rain or water
: lacking in interest and life
ar·​id | \ ˈer-əd How to pronounce arid (audio) \

Kids Definition of arid

: not having enough rainfall to support agriculture

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