desert island

Definition of desert island

  1. :  an island where no people live stranded on a desert island

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  arid land with usually sparse vegetation

    :  such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually

    :  an area of water apparently devoid of life

  1. :  desolate and sparsely occupied or unoccupied

    :  of or relating to a desert (see 1desert)

    :  forsaken

  1. :  the quality or fact of meriting reward or punishment

    :  excellence, worth

  1. :  to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return

    :  to leave in the lurch

    :  to abandon (military service) without leave

  1. :  a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent

    :  something resembling an island especially in its isolated or surrounded position: such as

    :  a usually raised area within a thoroughfare, parking lot, or driveway used especially to separate or direct traffic

  1. :  to make into or as if into an island

    :  to dot with or as if with islands

    :  isolate

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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