from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A deserted condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A deserted condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Desert, state or condition.


desert +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • Meanwhile the coarse plants and the general landscape keeps reminding of the 'desertness' of Be'er Sheva.

  • ¶ Orig., & archaically in 18 & 19, stressed on 2nd syll. desertness n. barren desolation LME. CLUNKY COMPOUNDS.

  • Desert, -- whether of leaf or sand, -- true desertness, is not in the want of leaves, but of life.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • Five days of desertness lay between them and any possible base of supplies, and McKenna was not due until the twenty-ninth.

    Agua Dulce

  • She had been set on her way by teamsters who lifted her out of white, hot desertness and put her down at the crossing of unnamed ways, days distant from anywhere.

    The Walking Woman

  • Now and then one gets a hint of some small, brown creature, rat or mouse kind, that slips secretly among the rocks; no others adapt themselves to desertness of aridity or altitude so readily as these ground inhabiting, graminivorous species.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • After rains water accumulates in the hollows of small closed valleys, and, evaporating, leaves hard dry levels of pure desertness that get the local name of dry lakes.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • And yet -- and yet -- is it not perhaps to satisfy expectation that one falls into the tragic key in writing of desertness?

    The Land of Little Rain

  • The way up from Mojave to Red Butte is all desertness, affording no pasture and scarcely a rill of water.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • The mesquite is God's best thought in all this desertness.

    The Land of Little Rain


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