[ ar-id ]
/ ˈær ɪd /
being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land; an arid climate.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture: arid farmland.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune: an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Related formsa·rid·i·ty [uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/, ar·id·ness, nounar·id·ly, adverbhy·per·ar·id, adjective
1. See dry.
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British Dictionary definitions for aridities
/ (ˈærɪd) /
having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
devoid of interest
Derived Formsaridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ) or aridness, nounaridly, adverb
Word Origin for arid
C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Science definitions for aridities
[ ăr′ĭd ]
Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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