What does arid mean?

Definitions for arid
ˈær ɪdarid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arid, waterlessadjective

    lacking sufficient water or rainfall

    "an arid climate"; "a waterless well"; "miles of waterless country to cross"

  2. arid, desiccate, desiccatedadjective

    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

    "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo


  1. aridadjective

    Very dry.

  2. aridadjective

    Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.

  3. aridadjective

    Devoid of value.

  4. Etymology: Ultimately from the term aridus, confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb areo, akin to ardeo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aridadjective

    Dry; parched up.

    Etymology: aridus, Lat. dry.

    My complexion is become adust, and my body arid, by visiting lands. Scriblerus Club , M. Scribl.

    His harden’d fingers deck the gaudy spring,
    Without him summer were an arid waste. James Thomson, Autumn.


  1. Arid

    A region is arid when it severely lacks available water, to the extent of hindering or preventing the growth and development of plant and animal life. Regions with arid climates tend to lack vegetation and are called xeric or desertic. Most arid climates straddle the Equator; these regions include parts of Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Australia.


  1. arid

    Arid refers to a type of climate or environment that is extremely dry due to minimal or lack of rainfall and moisture. It usually characterizes regions like deserts where vegetation is sparse and living conditions can be harsh due to the lack of water.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aridadjective

    exhausted of moisture; parched with heat; dry; barren

  2. Etymology: [L. aridus, fr. arere to be dry: cf. F. aride.]


  1. Arid

    A region is arid when it is characterized by a severe lack of available water, to the extent of hindering or preventing the growth and development of plant and animal life. Environments subject to arid climates tend to lack vegetation and are called xeric or desertic. Most "arid" climates surround the equator; these places include most of Africa and parts of South America and Central America.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arid

    ar′id, adj. dry: parched.—ns. Arid′ity, Ar′idness. [L. aridus.]

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  1. Arid

    Applied to regions in which the normal rainfall is insufficient to produce ordinary farm crops without irrigation, and in which desert conditions prevail: see humid.

Anagrams for arid »

  1. Dari

  2. raid

  3. RAID

  4. riad

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arid in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of arid in a Sentence

  1. Doug Kenney:

    Cortney Brand said. Denver Basin Water is exploring the feasibility of pumping water far under the city, into the massive Denver Basin aquifer system to keep it there until the next dry spell. As Denver Water Resource Engineer Bob Peters points out, in the already arid American West, Drought is always on the horizon. We only get 15 inches of rainfall a year here in Denver Basin, and most of Denver Water comes from the mountain snowpack. That mountain snowpack melts and runs downstream, supplying water for much of the nation including the parched Southwest. When the snowpack fails the effects reach far beyond the region according to Doug Kenney, Director of the Western Water Policy Center at University of Colorado Law School. The California drought has really illustrated to people why drought in the West is important. If you consume vegetables in winter, you're probably getting those from Southern California, so from farm products to general economic health, not only do these things resonate throughout the rest of the country but throughout the rest of the world. A secondary source of water comes from underground aquifers which nature filled over the course of millions of years, and which humans are draining at a massive rate. Even though the aquifer system under the city of Denver Basin covers an area the size of the Connecticut, Peters said, The Denver Basin ground water is non-renewable so if you pump that water it's gone. What we're talking about is taking our renewable water supplies and injecting them into the aquifer to keep the aquifer replenished. With core samples taken every 10 feet down, the bore holes being drilled beneath Denver Basin will provide geologic data about how well the various open bowls in the rock will hold water without losing any to seepage or cracks. Cities like Phoenix, Wichita and San Antonio are already banking water underground and because it doesn't have the same downsides as above-ground reservoirs the method will surely become more common. Reservoirs are really tough to build, politically and financially, Kenney said.

  2. Carlo Ratti:

    We think we'll have some ready for commercial sale in the near future, hot and arid climates are perfect for evaporative cooling.

  3. Jim Green:

    Today, we’re revolutionizing our understanding of the planet, mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past - under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars.

  4. Bruno Campello:

    The branch of logic is the husband of all sciences. It is indispensable to rationalize them but alone is arid and does not generate the child that is knowledge.

  5. Anthon St Maarten:

    We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation.

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