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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"

Wiktionary

  1. droughtnoun

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

    Etymology: drugaþ

  2. droughtnoun

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

    Etymology: drugaþ

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

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

  2. Droughtnoun

    thirst; want of drink

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

  3. Droughtnoun

    scarcity; lack

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

Freebase

  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. Hollin Kretzmann:

    It’s inexcusable that state regulators are letting oil companies dump toxic waste fluid into California’s water supplies during the worst drought in 1,200 years, the oil industry’s illegal injections need to stop immediately to protect our groundwater.

  2. Jerry Meral:

    We believe the voters understand the very serious nature of the drought and would be willing to invest in a water bond that produces actual water to help meet their needs.

  3. Ursula Heinen-Esser:

    Within a few weeks, it's completely reversed, and we're now dealing with drought, it'll also have a major impact on the forest and on bark beetle infestation.

  4. Will Rostov:

    We're facing a clean water emergency in California and, despite a water-scarcity crisis caused by the worst drought on record, DOGGR is turning its back on its contamination problem until 2017, the agency is not enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act and it is endangering precious sources of drinking water. This needs to stop now.

  5. 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.

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