arid

[ar-id]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. arias sánchez, oscar,
  2. arias-stella phenomenon,
  3. arias-stella reaction,
  4. ariboflavinosis,
  5. arica,
  6. arid zone,
  7. aridification,
  8. aridisol,
  9. aridity,
  10. aridity index

Origin of arid

1645–55; (< F) < Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; cf. ash1

Related formsa·rid·i·ty [uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/, ar·id·ness, nounar·id·ly, adverbhy·per·ar·id, adjective

Synonym study

1. See dry.

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British Dictionary definitions for aridity

arid

adjective

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 aridity

arid

[ărĭd]

Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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