Definition of Drought

1. Noun. A shortage of rainfall. "Farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"

Exact synonyms: Drouth
Generic synonyms: Dryness, Waterlessness, Xerotes

2. Noun. A prolonged shortage. "When England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"
Exact synonyms: Drouth
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period

Definition of Drought

1. n. Dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridity.

Definition of Drought

1. Noun. A period of below average rain fall, longer and more severe than a dry spell ¹

2. Noun. (by extension informal) A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport. ¹

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Definition of Drought

1. a dry period [n -S]

Medical Definition of Drought

1. 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." (Chaucer) "In a drought the thirsty creatures cry." (Dryden) 2. Thirst; want of drink. 3. Scarcity; lack. "A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of all history." (Fuller) Origin: OE. Droght, drougth, dru, AS. Druga, from drugian to dry. See Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final sound. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drought

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Literary usage of Drought

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the Statistical Society of London by Statistical Society (Great Britain) (1878)
"Periods of Excessive drought and Heal. 138 Whole world. It is supposed that n great and general drought about this period gaye rise to the fable of ..."

2. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and by John Burke (1838)
"VJ to Thomas drought, esq. eldest son of John drought, esq. of the Heath, ... John - Head - Daly - Vaughan drought, who served for some time in the 13th ..."

3. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"April 9 B. The Southern drought IN response to your question appended to my letter in the last number of NATURE, I am able to give you the time of the last ..."

4. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"In any country where the population is dense Famine-, and the means of communication backward, the failure of a harvest, whether produced by drought, ..."

5. The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles: Ed. Under the Authority of the by Ezra Stiles (1901)
"A very severe drought—the cornfields look deplorably—the Indian ... The drought is extensive from Boston to Hud- sons River & beyond. ..."

6. Plant-geography Upon a Physiological Basis by Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1903)
"Protective measures in meadows against winter drought. ... A closer investigation into the protection afforded against drought during winter will probably ..."

7. La Niäna and Its Impacts: Facts and Speculation by Michael H. Glantz (2002)
"For the Pacific islands, drought is potentially the most devastating event. ... The apparent changes in rainfall that precede drought are often subtle. ..."

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