drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drouth (audio) \

Definition of drought

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

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Other Words from drought

droughtiness \ ˈdrau̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce droughtiness (audio) \ noun
droughty \ ˈdrau̇-​tē \ adjective

Examples of drought in a Sentence

The drought caused serious damage to crops. a period of drought that lasted several years

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The Southwest region is experiencing an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin, which supplies water to 40 million Americans. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 In particular, one study published last year found that spraying particulates into the atmosphere around the Gulf of Mexico could trigger droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Scientists Are Really Launching a Sun-Blocking Geoengineering Experiment," 5 Dec. 2018 The El Niño event in 2015-2016 caused severe drought in Southern Africa, flooding in Peru, and severe flooding along the Mississippi River. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 The role of drought in making things hotter and drier is also clear. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?," 24 Aug. 2018 The Kings have the longest playoff drought in the NBA at 12 seasons and bad teams must add talent, regardless of position. Jason Jones, sacbee, "How Zach LaVine's signing would affect Kings, from roster competition to trades," 6 July 2018 The Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967, the longest drought in the National Hockey League. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "In a Blow to the Islanders, John Tavares Joins the Maple Leafs," 1 July 2018 The longest active playoff drought in professional sports might be coming to an end in a few short months. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: The Astros, Mariners Are the Class of the AL West," 26 June 2018 The efforts will focus largely on the tens of millions of trees that died during the recent drought, mainly in the Sierra Nevada. SFChronicle.com, "Wine Country fires: What has changed to reduce risk," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of drought

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drought

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

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drought

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drought

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

drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \

Kids Definition of drought

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

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