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1. a shortage of rainfall;
- Example: "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
[syn: drought, drouth]
2. a prolonged shortage;
- Example: "when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"
[syn: drought, drouth]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drought \Drought\ (drout), n. [OE. droght, drougth, dru[yogh][eth], AS. druga[eth], from drugian to dry. See Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final sound.] 1. Dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridity. [1913 Webster] The drought of March hath pierced to the root. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In a drought the thirsty creatures cry. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Thirst; want of drink. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. Scarcity; lack. [1913 Webster] A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of all history. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
drought n 1: a shortage of rainfall; "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season" [syn: drought, drouth] 2: a prolonged shortage; "when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought" [syn: drought, drouth]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "drought": absence, appetite, aridity, aridness, beggary, canine appetite, corkiness, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation, destitution, dryness, emptiness, empty stomach, famine, hollow hunger, hunger, hungriness, imperfection, impoverishment, incompleteness, juicelessness, lack, need, omission, polydipsia, relish, saplessness, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, starvation, stomach, sweet tooth, tapeworm, taste, thirst, thirstiness, torment of Tantalus, want, wantage, waterlessness, watertight integrity, watertightnessEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Drought From the middle of May to about the middle of August the land of Palestine is dry. It is then the "drought of summer" (Gen. 31:40; Ps. 32:4), and the land suffers (Deut. 28:23: Ps. 102:4), vegetation being preserved only by the dews (Hag. 1:11). (See DEW.)