What does famine mean?

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ˈfæm ɪnfamine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearth, famine, shortage(noun)

    an acute insufficiency

  2. famine(noun)

    a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

Wiktionary

  1. famine(Noun)

    extreme shortage of food in a region

    Etymology: From famine.

  2. famine(Noun)

    a period of extreme shortage of food in a region

    Etymology: From famine.

  3. famine(Noun)

    During times of famine

    Etymology: From famine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Famine(noun)

    general scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution

    Etymology: [F. famine, fr. L. fames hunger; cf. Gr. want, need, Skr. hni loss, lack, h to leave.]

Freebase

  1. Famine

    A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, population unbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Nearly every continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. Some countries, particularly in sub-Sahara Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. The famine relief model increasingly used by aid groups calls for giving cash or cash vouchers to the hungry to pay local farmers instead of buying food from donor countries, as is often required by law, as it wastes money on transport costs, but more importantly, it perpetuates the cycle of dependency on foreign imports rather than helping to create real local stability through agricultural abundance. Emergency measures in relieving famine include providing high calorie ready-to-use therapeutic food, through fortified sachets of peanut-based paste such as Plumpy'nut that are given primarily to children. Long-term measures include investment in modern agriculture techniques, such as fertilizers and irrigation, which largely eradicated hunger in the developed world. World Bank strictures restrict government subsidies for farmers, and increasing use of fertilizers is opposed by some environmental groups because of its unintended consequences: adverse effects on water supplies and habitat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Famine

    fam′in, n. general scarcity of food: extreme scarcity of anything, as in 'famine prices,' &c.: hunger: starvation. [Fr., through an unrecorded Low L. famina, from L. fames, hunger.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of famine in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of famine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of famine in a Sentence

  1. Seán O'Casey:

    Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.

  2. World Bank:

    The FAM seeks to change this by moving towards famine prevention, preparedness and early action—interventions that can save more lives and reduce humanitarian costs by as much as 30 percent.

  3. Boko Haram:

    To many people around the world, their image of Ethiopia remains stuck in the past -- remembering drought and famine, but in the past 15 years, Ethiopia has lifted millions of people out of poverty.

  4. United States:

    The threat of famine is a very real threat and risks doubling the numbers of people in Yemen who are at risk of dying of hunger or famine. That's the urgent factor here.

  5. Joe Jones:

    Witch bottles are the type of things people would use more generally in famine, political strife or feeling under threat, the Union troops were definitely under all those kinds of existential threats or fears.

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