What does drought mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drought, drouth(noun)

    a shortage of rainfall

    "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"

  2. drought, drouth(noun)

    a prolonged shortage

    "when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"


  1. drought(Noun)

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

  2. drought(Noun)

    A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport.

  3. Origin: drugaþ

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drought(noun)

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

  2. Drought(noun)

    thirst; want of drink

  3. Drought(noun)

    scarcity; lack

  4. Origin: [OE. droght, drougth, dru, AS. druga, from drugian to dry. See Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final sound.]


  1. Drought

    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

  1. Drought

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drought in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Davjigbold Ariunbold:

    It's not a drought, it's a catastrophe.

  2. Jerry Brown:

    This historic drought demands unprecedented action.

  3. Mary Griffin:

    Many people are saying it's the worst drought in memory.

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

    Only a fool gives lectures on drowning during a drought.

  5. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill:

    This drought has the potential to be worse than 1997 and 1998.

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