Origin of desert1
— Desert : A novel by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008. The book, first published in French in 1980, was translated into English in 2009.
— Operation Desert Storm: An air campaign by the U.S. during the 1990–91 Gulf War.
— Conflict: Desert Storm: The first in the Conflict series of video games by game developers Pivotal Games. Released in 2002, it is set during the 1990–91 Gulf War.
- "Bedouin women tending flocks of goats are the brightest touch of color in the treeless, waterless, and harsh Negev desert."-Ruth Craig Fodor’s Israel, 6th Edition (2006)
- "During this period [Christian Europe] was an intellectual desert, where the mind was uncultivated and permitted to run to waste."-W. Tannehill Essay on the Literature of the Moors of Spain The Hesperian, Volume 2 (1838)
- "In some places mudflats stretch along the ground, tortured and cracked by the dry desert air."-Fred Punzo Desert Arthropods: Life History Variations (2000)
- "A long line of more than a score of camels was something in itself, not to mention the riders in their desert costume."-Alexander Wallace The Desert and the Holy Land (1868)
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verb (used without object)
Origin of desert2
- "There used to be two kinds of kisses: First when girls were kissed and deserted; second, when they were engaged. Now there's a third kind, where the man is kissed and deserted."-F. Scott Fitzgerald This Side of Paradise (1920)
- "Girty had deserted his military post at Port Pitt, and become an outlaw of his own volition."-Zane Grey The Spirit of the Border (1906)
- "I had a strong and comforting faith that I should be able to organize and conduct an Administration which would satisfy and win the country. This faith never deserted me."-Rutherford B. Hayes ed. Charles Richard Williams Diary (January 23, 1881) Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III (1922-1926)
- "[A]ll she knew was that her father had deserted from the Soviet army many years before. She believed that to be the reason he was in hiding."-Steve Martini Guardian of Lies (2009)
Origin of desert3
- "The words of the Divina Commedia are still the mightiest and most living words in which man has ever painted in detail the true deserts of sin, penitence, and sanctity."-Rev. John C. Eccleston, from his lectures on Dante Alighieri The Churchman, vol. 53 (January 2, 1886)
- "I have no sympathy with those who invested their money in slave property. They not only received their just deserts in having their property confiscated, but they should have been compelled to make restitution to the last penny to the poor slaves whom they had systematically robbed."-Timothy Thomas Fortune Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South (1884)
- "Some will always mistake the degree of their own desert."-Samuel Johnson The Rambler, No. 193 (January 21, 1752)
Related Words for desertlonely, desolate, uninhabited, arid, wilderness, quit, depart, bolt, escape, vacate, flee, forsake, betray, wild, solitary, waste, bare, solitude, barren, Sahara
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Contemporary Examples of desert
Normality, domesticity, ease, in the blazing Arizona desert.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Desert Golfing is the gaming equivalent of putting TV on in the background.
Desert Golfing is the distillation of Angry Birds into its purest essence.
If life gets in the way, Desert Golfing totally understands.
But an ad-supported version of Desert Golfing was impossible.
Historical Examples of desert
De Lord had been with them in six troubles, and he would not desert them in de seventh.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Their ancestors, like those of the Jews and the Babylonians, had been a desert folk.
For many years they lived amidst the trackless hills of the desert.
To desert a woman was justifiable, under certain circumstances.
But to desert a woman, and have her apparently not even know it, was against the rules of the game.
Word Origin for desert
Word Origin for desert
Word Origin for desert
"to leave one's duty," late 14c., from Old French deserter (12c.) "leave," literally "undo or sever connection," from Late Latin desertare, frequentative of Latin deserere "to abandon, to leave, forsake, give up, leave in the lurch," from de- "undo" (see de-) + serere "join together, put in a row" (see series). Military sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deserted; deserting.
"wasteland," early 13c., from Old French desert (12c.) "desert, wilderness, wasteland; destruction, ruin," from Late Latin desertum (source of Italian diserto, Old Provençal dezert, Spanish desierto), literally "thing abandoned" (used in Vulgate to translate "wilderness"), noun use of neuter past participle of Latin deserere "forsake" (see desert (v.)).
Sense of "waterless, treeless region" was in Middle English and gradually became the main meaning. Commonly spelled desart in 18c., which is not etymological but at least avoids confusion with the other two senses of the word. Classical Latin indicated this idea with deserta, plural of desertus.
"suitable reward or punishment" (now usually plural and with just), c.1300, from Old French deserte, noun use of past participle of deservir "be worthy to have," ultimately from Latin deservire "serve well" (see deserve).
A Closer Look: A desert is defined not by temperature but by the sparse amount of water found in a region. An area with an annual rainfall of fewer than 25 centimeters (9.75 inches) generally qualifies as a desert. In spite of the dryness, however, some animals and plants have adapted to desert life and thrive in these harsh environments. While different animals live in different types of deserts, the dominant animals of warm deserts are reptiles, including snakes and lizards, small mammals, such as ground squirrels and mice, and arthropods, such as scorpions and beetles. These animals are usually nocturnal, spending the day resting in the shade of plants or burrowed in the ground, and emerging in the evenings to hunt or eat. Warm-desert plants are mainly ground-hugging shrubs, small wooded trees, and cacti. Plant and animal life is scarcer in the cool desert, where the precipitation falls mainly as snow. Plants are generally scattered mosses and grasses that are able to survive the cold by remaining low to the ground, avoiding the wind, and animal life can include both large and small mammals, such as deer and jackrabbits, as well as a variety of raptors and other birds.
In addition to the idiom beginning with desert
- desert a sinking ship
- just deserts