- a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Nile valley. About 3,500,000 sq. mi. (9,065,000 sq. km).
- any arid waste.
Examples from the Web for sahara
It had taken the camels and their black-turbaned Berber herders four long days to walk from the Sahara.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
Accounts emerge from the harrowing Islamist attack on an oil field in the Sahara Desert.Inside the Algerian Hostage Standoff
January 19, 2013
The American Interest reports that vast aquifers of water have been found beneath the Sahara desert.Malthusian Predictions Fail Once Again
December 19, 2012
He was happy when the Khawams opened a series of restaurants of their own, all called Sahara.Jill Kelley’s Campaign to Befriend Petraeus, Allen, and Other Top Brass
November 14, 2012
On another episode of Man vs. Wild, Grylls finds himself the guest of honor after the killing of a goat in the Sahara.‘Fear Factor’ Donkey Semen, More Gross Things Eaten on TV (Video)
February 3, 2012
But she was like one who traversed a desert under the sea—a vast submerged Sahara.The Manxman
The ship, out there in the poisonous Sahara, was living proof of their success.It's All Yours
He said to me once, “The oneness of two people could make a home in Sahara.”The Love Affairs of an Old Maid
That rains so called are only of water colored by sand from the Sahara Desert.
With sand from the Sahara, sand from a barrel of sugar, or dust of your great-great-grandfather.
- a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean to central Mali, Niger, Chad, and the Sudan: the largest desert in the world, occupying over a quarter of Africa; rises to over 3300 m (11 000 ft) in the central mountain system of the Ahaggar and Tibesti massifs; large reserves of iron ore, oil, and natural gas. Area: 9 100 000 sq km (3 500 000 sq miles). Average annual rainfall: less than 254 mm (10 in.). Highest recorded temperature: 58°C (136.4°F)
Word Origin and History for sahara
1610s, from Arabic çahra "desert" (plural çahara), according to Klein, noun use of fem. of the adjective asharu "yellowish red." Related: Saharan.
Desert in northern Africa.