arid land with little or no vegetation
abandon, forsake, desolate, desert(verb)
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
"The mother deserted her children"
desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
"the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period"
that which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit
a deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa are destitute and vegetation
a tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population, but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a wilderness; a solitary place
of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island
to leave (especially something which one should stay by and support); to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to forsake; -- implying blame, except sometimes when used of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country
to abandon (the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors
to abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond
Origin: [F. dsert, L. desertum, from desertus solitary, desert, pp. of deserere to desert; de- + serere to join together. See Series.]
A desert is a landscape or region of land that is very dry because of low rainfall amounts, often has little coverage by plants, and in which streams dry up unless they are supplied by water from outside areas. Deserts can also be described as areas where more water is lost by evapotranspiration than falls as precipitation. Desert plants must have special adaptations to survive with this little water. Deserts generally receive less than 250 millimetres of rain each year. Semideserts or steppes are regions which receive between 250 millimetres and 400 to 500 millimetres.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-zėrt′, n. the reward or punishment deserved: claim to reward: merit—adj. Desert′less, without merit. [See Deserve.]
de-zėrt′, v.t. to leave: to forsake.—v.i. to run away: to quit a service, as the army, without permission.—ns. Desert′er, one who deserts or quits a service without permission; Deser′tion, act of deserting: state of being deserted: wilful abandonment of a legal or moral duty or obligation. [L. deserĕre, desertum—de, neg., and serĕre, to bind.]
dez′ėrt, adj. deserted: desolate: uninhabited: uncultivated: a desolate or barren place: a wilderness: a solitude. [O. Fr. desert—L. desertum, deserĕre, to desert, unbind.]
Desert means devoid or absence of indented things.
Indian Thar desert, mind is deserted, class room deserted.
An area of land or region with a dry hot climate and specific animals and vegetation who adapt and are suitable for this type of climate.
About 1/3 of the Earth's surface is desert.
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Rank popularity for the word 'desert' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4789
Rank popularity for the word 'desert' in Nouns Frequency: #1763
Rank popularity for the word 'desert' in Verbs Frequency: #1058
The numerical value of desert in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of desert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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