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1(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.‘the arid plains north of Cape Town’
dry, dried up, waterless, as dry as a bone, moistureless, parched, scorched, baked, thirstyView synonyms
- ‘Next I'll tell you about my travels to the arid lands south-east of the great Kalahari desert.’
- ‘The arid desert climate gets little rainfall, but the Rio Grande provides water for irrigation.’
- ‘It is an arid climate with a few registered inches of rainfall in a normal year.’
- ‘Its feedstock is a special variety of rapeseed bred to do well in the arid climate of southern Colorado.’
- ‘After filming he headed for Namibia, wanting to be in a dry hot and arid climate after four months on a boat.’
- ‘Intensive irrigation would reshape arid lands and revolutionize rural life.’
- ‘Ethanol has also been found to contribute to smog in arid climates due to its volatile nature.’
- ‘However, from Karadi to Dandi, the land is arid and the vegetation scrubby.’
- ‘The arid climate makes the desert the best outdoor setting to keep planes free of corrosion.’
- ‘Indeed, dry and warm storage frequently promotes after-ripening of seeds in species of warm and arid climates.’
- ‘Communities in arid climates often implement strategies for dealing with a lack of rainfall.’
- ‘From the arid climate of the Sahara to the cold wastes of Siberia, man has learnt how to cope in a wide variety of ways with the effects of the atmosphere.’
- ‘The inhabitants are dependent on crop farming which is difficult in the arid land.’
- ‘In the United States, such features show up sporadically in arid lands from New Mexico to Idaho.’
- ‘Hemp grows in virtually all conditions from arid desert to more temperate climes.’
- ‘These findings are in contrast to earlier work that indicated an arid climate.’
- ‘As the sun sets on a bleak plain in the arid Karoo region, the temperature plummets to below freezing.’
- ‘The arid climate would easily sap the nutrients and moisture out of them.’
- ‘In fact, she says, half of the water used in that arid climate is for lawns.’
- ‘The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.’
2Lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning.‘his arid years in suburbia’
dreary, dull, drab, dry, sterile, banal, colourless, monochrome, unstimulating, uninspiring, flat, boring, uninteresting, monotonous, lifeless, tedious, vapid, jejune, soul-destroyingView synonyms
- ‘Yoga classes without this element seem to me arid and dull.’
- ‘Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.’
Mid 17th century: from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere ‘be dry or parched’.
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