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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drought, drouthnoun

    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, drouthnoun

    a prolonged shortage

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


  1. droughtnoun

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

  2. droughtnoun

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

  3. Etymology: drugaþ

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DROUGHTnoun

    Etymology: drugode, Saxon; drowth, Scottish.

    O earth! I will befriend thee more with rain
    Than youthful April shall with all his showers:
    In Summer’s drought I’ll drop upon thee still. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Great droughts in Summer, lasting ’till the end of August, some gentle showers upon them, and then some dry weather, portend a pestilent Summer the year following. Francis Bacon.

    To south the Persian bay,
    And inaccessible th’ Arabian drought. John Milton, Parad. Reg.

    As torrents in the drowth of Summer fail,
    So perisht man from death shall never rise. George Sandys.

    They were so learned in natural philosophy, that they foretold earthquakes and storms, great droughts, and great plagues. William Temple.

    In a drought the thirsty creatures cry,
    And gape upon the gather’d clouds for rain. Dryden.

    Upon a shower, after a drought, earthworms and landsnails innumerable come out of their lurking places. John Ray.

    His carcase, pin’d with hunger and with drought. John Milton.

    One whose drought
    Yet scarce allay’d, still eyes the current stream,
    Whose liquid murmur heard, new thirst excites. John Milton, P. L.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Droughtnoun

    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. Droughtnoun

    thirst; want of drink

  3. Droughtnoun

    scarcity; lack

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of drought in a Sentence

  1. Linda Lewis:

    The production was okay last year, despite the drought, and there are more coping mechanisms in place this year.

  2. Nancy Lindborg:

    With this latest, even more terrible drought hitting Ethiopia just five years later, the need to build resilience is more urgent than ever, without those efforts already made, the toll in Ethiopia would easily be much greater.

  3. John Neilson-Gammon:

    Typically, when we have widespread drought across the state, we end up with fairly high summer temperatures, especially maximum temperatures, because there's less moisture for evaporation.

  4. Steven Bohlen:

    As we’ve said before, the protection of California’s groundwater resources – as well as public health - is paramount, particularly in this time of extreme drought.

  5. Chris Engel:

    It has been a fantastic supplement for farmers facing a drought and you can just ring up and get a truck load when you need it.

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