Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being arid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Aridity; dryness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as aridity.

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)

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Examples

  • The combination of aridness related to the altitude and the long dry season and severe air pollution cause irritation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

    Mexico - travelers's summary profile

  • And yet, the conversations that have arisen along the campaign trail have been uniquely fundamental to our democracy -- reaching beyond the usual aridness of politics and policies to issues that many Americans carry in their hearts every day.

    Bruce Kluger: The Hand that Casts the Ballot

  • Much of what some people dislike about Rawls-- the aridness, the detachment from history and psychology, the characteristic Americanness of his uninterest in plumbing the depths of the soul-- is precisely what made his work a success in the way that it was.

    Jacob T. Levy

  • During the first dream the dragons had spoken of Krynn's aridness and of Tarris's hidden ability to save people by finding liquid with a stick.

    The Dragons of Chaos

  • Her own inward burning offset the heat of air and earth; a sense of the aridness her heart would know without Van's love once more returned, was counter to the aridness of all these barren rocks.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • Had it been possible for her to love again, she would have felt the change in her nature far less; but with the stream, the fountain also had dried, and she was conscious that an aridness, unpleasant and unnatural, threatened to desolate her soul, and her conflict with this had been the hardest battle of all.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • The aridness, the desiccation, the lifelessness of everything about was somehow shocking.

    Sand Doom

  • A palaeontologist, perhaps; and yet, interesting as fossils were, there was something about them, a slight and cramping aridness, as though her imagination was being squeezed into a dark hole, too small for its bursting wings.

    DEVELOPMENT A NOVEL BY W. BRYHER WITH A PREFACE BY AMY LOWELL

  • He soon became the friend of the family; and finding in me, as he was pleased to say, a person free alike from the extravagance and emptiness of the great world, and from the narrowness and aridness of the still world in the country, he courted intimacy with me, and ere long we were in one another¬ís confidence.

    Confessions of a Fair Saint. Book VI

  • The aridness and infertility characteristic of the soil combine with the detritus of fashion and the follies of the four quarters of the globe.

    Youth and Egolatry

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