drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\
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drouth

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Definition of drought

  1. 1 :  a period of dryness especially when prolonged; specifically :  one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth resistant to drought

  2. 2 :  a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired a drought of creativity

droughtiness

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droughty

\ˈdrau̇-tē\ adjective

Examples of drought in a sentence

  1. The drought caused serious damage to crops.

  2. a period of drought that lasted several years

Origin and Etymology of drought

Middle English, from Old English drūgath, from drūgian to dry up; akin to Old English drȳge dry — more at dry


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


DROUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Definition of drought for English Language Learners

  • : a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain


DROUGHT Defined for Kids

drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Definition of drought for Students

  1. :  a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain



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