[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
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.
The drought of March hath pierced to the root.
In a drought the thirsty creatures cry. --Dryden.
2. Thirst; want of drink. --Johnson.
3. Scarcity; lack.
A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of
all history. --Fuller.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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, watertightness
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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.)