Definition of drought in English:



  • 1A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.

    ‘the cause of Europe's recent droughts’
    mass noun ‘crops have failed because of drought’
    • ‘An increase in floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, and sea levels are also expected to bring a host of health problems in their wake.’
    • ‘In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘Floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts have created headlines in the UK over recent years.’
    • ‘Others have argued that these periods of droughts are not abnormal.’
    • ‘The water hit me cool and refreshingly; like a rain storm after a prolonged drought.’
    • ‘World temperatures are continuing to rise and extreme weather conditions, such as droughts, floods and heatwaves, are becoming alarmingly common.’
    • ‘We worked hard through droughts and downpours and no longer walked down to the far hayfield to dream.’
    • ‘During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most.’
    • ‘The trip is made possible as after four years of drought, recent rainfall means crops may now grow.’
    • ‘Tree rings can tell stories of fire history, seasons, droughts, and rainfall.’
    • ‘In many places, including the southern USA, hurricanes or tropical storms sometimes end droughts.’
    • ‘Across the world, extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense.’
    • ‘At the same time, large chunks of peninsular India receive less than normal rainfall, leading to droughts.’
    • ‘A high degree of soil exposure also results in high surface evaporation resulting in years of low rainfall becoming severe droughts.’
    • ‘The drought began to break in mid-December when heavy general rain fell in Victoria, with more after Christmas.’
    • ‘Chinese officials say cloud seeding has helped to relieve severe droughts and water shortages in cities.’
    • ‘That shows that we're having many more severe storms, floods, droughts, and heat waves.’
    • ‘From hurricane to droughts, weird weather can shake up the economy.’
    • ‘It may be necessary to provide water for high-value trees and shrubs during dry periods or droughts to promote vigorous growth.’
    • ‘Earth is set to warm further in the decades ahead, bringing more and bigger fires, mudslides, heat waves, droughts, and powerful hurricanes.’
    dry spell, dry period, lack of rain, shortage of water
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    1. 1.1usually with modifier A prolonged absence of something specified.
      ‘he ended a five-game goal drought’
      • ‘Sam must be seriously concerned at a goal drought that threatens to drag us into a relegation struggle.’
      • ‘This has been despite a well documented two year goal drought.’
      • ‘Robbie Blake curled a trademark free kick just wide and then slipped at the crucial moment when he seemed certain to end his worrying goal drought.’
      • ‘Davies' victory in Sydney ended a 13-month title drought for the Coventry-born player.’
      • ‘On the rostrum, it became clear just how much winning meant to him after an 11-month drought.’
      • ‘And the tourism drought hits the Midwest less hard than other parts of the country.’
      • ‘Manchester United's championship drought is over and the fences with the manager have been mended.’
      • ‘The Tallaght man needs to get his act together and tomorrow night would be the perfect time to end his recent goal drought.’
      • ‘So England's men's championship drought continues beyond its 68th year or whatever!’
      • ‘All of Philadelphia is hoping to end that poor town's championship drought.’
      • ‘Is the West in any position to withstand another oil drought?’
      • ‘The Hatters were truly woeful and rarely looked set to end their goal drought.’
      • ‘Dennis Wise's glancing header ended the team's goal drought - spanning 588 minutes.’
      • ‘Bron wants to solve the current armed forces recruitment drought.’
      • ‘I am going through a bit of a goal drought at the moment and it would be nice to get a goal or even a few before the end of the season.’
      • ‘The same happened to him two years ago, when after a goal drought he was about to be farmed out to the lower leagues.’
      • ‘After a long playoff drought, Blackhawks fans starving for success got, well, nothing.’
      • ‘Ferrari endured a 16-year drought before regaining their title touch.’
      • ‘One can only hope that, after the relative goal drought of two years ago in Mali, they and the other 15 nations put on a more exciting spectacle.’
      • ‘Ward broke a 13-game scoring drought at Wimbledon and believes that could be the springboard for a goal burst of his own.’
      lack, want, non-existence, unavailability, deficiency, deprivation, dearth
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    2. 1.2archaic mass noun Thirst.
      thirstiness, dryness
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Late Old English drūgath ‘dryness’, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.