Definitions for desert
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word desert.
arid land with little or no vegetation
abandon, forsake, desolate, desertverb
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"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Wild; waste; solitary; uninhabited; uncultivated; untilled.
Etymology: desertus, Latin.
I have words
That would be howl’d out in the desert air,
Where hearing should not catch them. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness. Deutr. xxxii. 10.
The promises and bargains between two men in a desert island are binding to them, though they are perfectly in a state of nature, in reference to one another. John Locke.
A wilderness; solitude; waste country; uninhabited place.
Etymology: desertum, Latin.
Be alive again,
And dare me to the desert with thy sword.
Of trembling I inhibit; then protest me
The baby of a girl. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
He, looking round on every side, beheld
A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades. Paradise Reg.
The last course; the fruit or sweetmeats with which a feast is concluded. See Dessert.
Etymology: desertum, Latin.
Etymology: desertum, Latin.
Being of necessity a thing common, it is, through the manifold persuasions, dispositions, and occasions of men, with equal desert both of praise and dispraise, shunned by some, by others desired. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 46.
The base o’ th’ mount
Is rank’d with all deserts, all kind of natures,
That labour on the bosom of this sphere
To propagate their states. William Shakespeare, Timon.
Use every man after his desert, and who shall ’scape whipping? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
More to move you,
Take my deserts to his, and join them both. William Shakespeare, Timon.
All desert imports an equality between the good conferred and the good deserved, or made due. Robert South, Sermons.
Etymology: deserter, French; desero, Latin.
I do not remember one man, who heartily wished the passing of that bill, that ever deserted them ’till the kingdom was in a flame. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.
What is it that holds and keeps them in fixed stations and intervals, against an incessant and inherent tendency to desert them? Richard Bentley, Sermons.
A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to the processes of denudation. About one-third of the land surface of the world is arid or semi-arid. This includes much of the polar regions where little precipitation occurs and which are sometimes called polar deserts or "cold deserts". Deserts can be classified by the amount of precipitation that falls, by the temperature that prevails, by the causes of desertification or by their geographical location. Deserts are formed by weathering processes as large variations in temperature between day and night put strains on the rocks which consequently break in pieces. Although rain seldom occurs in deserts, there are occasional downpours that can result in flash floods. Rain falling on hot rocks can cause them to shatter and the resulting fragments and rubble strewn over the desert floor are further eroded by the wind. This picks up particles of sand and dust and wafts them aloft in sand or dust storms. Wind-blown sand grains striking any solid object in their path can abrade the surface. Rocks are smoothed down, and the wind sorts sand into uniform deposits. The grains end up as level sheets of sand or are piled high in billowing sand dunes. Other deserts are flat, stony plains where all the fine material has been blown away and the surface consists of a mosaic of smooth stones. These areas are known as desert pavements and little further erosion takes place. Other desert features include rock outcrops, exposed bedrock and clays once deposited by flowing water. Temporary lakes may form and salt pans may be left when waters evaporate. There may be underground sources of water in the form of springs and seepages from aquifers. Where these are found, oases can occur. Plants and animals living in the desert need special adaptations to survive in the harsh environment. Plants tend to be tough and wiry with small or no leaves, water-resistant cuticles and often spines to deter herbivory. Some annual plants germinate, bloom and die in the course of a few weeks after rainfall while other long-lived plants survive for years and have deep root systems able to tap underground moisture. Animals need to keep cool and find enough food and water to survive. Many are nocturnal and stay in the shade or underground during the heat of the day. They tend to be efficient at conserving water, extracting most of their needs from their food and concentrating their urine. Some animals remain in a state of dormancy for long periods, ready to become active again during the rare rainfall. They then reproduce rapidly while conditions are favorable before returning to dormancy. People have struggled to live in deserts and the surrounding semi-arid lands for millennia. Nomads have moved their flocks and herds to wherever grazing is available and oases have provided opportunities for a more settled way of life. The cultivation of semi-arid regions encourages erosion of soil and is one of the causes of increased desertification. Desert farming is possible with the aid of irrigation, and the Imperial Valley in California provides an example of how previously barren land can be made productive by the import of water from an outside source. Many trade routes have been forged across deserts, especially across the Sahara Desert, and traditionally were used by caravans of camels carrying salt, gold, ivory and other goods. Large numbers of slaves were also taken northwards across the Sahara. Some mineral extraction also takes place in deserts, and the uninterrupted sunlight gives potential for the capture of large quantities of solar energy.
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
Etymology: [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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An extensive tract, either absolutely sterile, or having no other vegetation than small patches of grass or shrubs. Many portions of the present deserts seem to be reclaimable.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
To quit a service without permission; to run away; as, to desert from the army; to forsake in violation of duty; as, to desert one’s colors.
an arid state of the soul--maybe have a look at ts Eliot's poem The Wasteland?
Etymology: don't know.
Submitted by sambergkenneth on January 7, 2022
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
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
If life were a desert, dreams would be a mirage.
I learned to fly just for this project, what I love to do as a photographer is to show people things that they haven't really seen before. And these desert environments from the air, they've never been photographed that way.
In Europe and America, falconry is a sport. But here in the Emirates, falconry was traditionally a means to hunt meat, life was very difficult in the desert and falcons were essential to the survival of Bedouin families.
All sunshine makes the desert.
It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
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