Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long term lack of rainfall or moisture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being arid or without moisture; dryness.
  • n. Fig.: Want of interest of feeling; insensibility; dryness of style or feeling; spiritual drought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being arid; dryness; want of moisture.
  • n. Figuratively, want of interest; dryness; lifelessness.
  • n. Dullness of mind or situation; depression; tedium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
  • n. the quality of yielding nothing of value

Etymologies

French aridité, from Latin ariditas "dryness" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The region is considered to be an island of long-term aridity in a sea of climatic change.

    Kaokoveld desert

  • We are already observing what appear to be trends towards increasing, long-term aridity in parts of the world.

    RealClimate

  • Sometimes sloth takes on an acute form known as aridity or barrenness in all things that pertain to God.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals

  • The aridity is a resource, however, in the matter of wool, the superior quality of which is due largely to the deficient rainfall.

    Commercial Geography A Book for High Schools, Commercial Courses, and Business Colleges

  • Expenditures for purchasing fodder and the water supply for the animals receive more attention with increasing land-use intensity and dissemination of animal traction as well as aridity, meaning an increased load on family labour, especially the children.

    Chapter 9

  • Good is set against evil; life against death; aridity, fecundity; forests, deserts; past, future.

    How Poems Work: George Murray’s Hunter

  • Commenting on your list of several lethalities, some might hear me say, in the face of all aridity ...

    Month-end inventory (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Though it gave him a profound subject, one has to wonder how much the aridity of Mphahlele's native soil limited his ability to fulfill his artistic promise.

    Chronicling a World Apart

  • My idea of a desert is an eternal agony, plotted by the fury of the aridity, by the implacable confusion of a sun which, trampled by the wind, melts with the sand, until there is no other landscape than the sand dominating the sky, the ground, the wind.

    Flowers in the Desert

  • On the slope the blossoms of the wine-wooded manzanita filled the air with springtime odors, while the leaves, wise with experience, were already beginning their vertical twist against the coming aridity of summer.

    All Gold Cañon

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