a shortage of rainfall
"farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
a prolonged shortage
"when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"
A period of below average rain fall, longer and more severe than a dry spell
A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport.
dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridity
thirst; want of drink
Origin: [OE. droght, drougth, dru, AS. druga, from drugian to dry. See Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final sound.]
Drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply whether surface or underground water. Generally, this occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region. Although droughts can persist for several years, even a short, intense drought can cause significant damage and harm the local economy. Many plant species, such as cacti, have adaptations such as reduced leaf area and waxy cuticles to enhance their ability to tolerate drought. Some others survive dry periods as buried seeds. Semi-permanent drought produces arid biomes such as deserts and grasslands. Most arid ecosystems have inherently low productivity. This global phenomenon has a widespread impact on agriculture. Lengthy periods of drought have long been a key trigger for mass migration and played a key role in a number of ongoing migrations and other humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
drowt, Drouth, drowth, n. dryness: want of rain or of water: thirst.—ns. Drought′iness, Drouth′iness.—adjs. Drought′y, Drouth′y, full of drought: very dry: wanting rain, thirsty. [A.S. drúgathe, dryness—drúgian, to dry.]
The numerical value of drought in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of drought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
Drought is a slow moving disaster, adopting responsible water use practices now will help reduce the impact of drought for years to come.
The well of your soul will not experience the drought until in front of her will appear the moment of eternity to drink from the water of death.
The thing that differentiates it (drought) from all other natural hazards is the fact that it covers such a wide swath or spatial extent, floods are much more localized. (Drought) goes on for so long. The impacts accumulate year to year.
California is facing a drought of epic proportions, and we need to work together to reduce the use of water so there's sufficient water for cities, for farms and for ecosystems, we need to be preparing not only for this drought but for the next one.
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Translations for drought
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- seca, sequera, secadaCatalan, Valencian
- sychdwr, sychderWelsh
- Dürre, Trockenzeit, TrockenheitGerman
- trosekeco, sekegecoEsperanto
- sequía, secaSpanish
- secura, secaGalician
- sechrèsHaitian Creole
- DréchentLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- tørkeNorwegian Nynorsk
- засуха, засушливость, сушьRussian
- суша, sušaSerbo-Croatian
- ukame, kiangaziSwahili
- hạn hánVietnamese
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