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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
arid (=with very little rain)
▪ Very little can grow in this arid desert.
arid (=very dry)
▪ Very few plants can flourish in such an arid climate.
▪ The presence of such oases made human travel and nomadic existence possible in arid lands.
▪ Please have some pity on the area, which is the arid land area of the country.
▪ The pattern of light and dark areas represents variation in rock type and surface weathering in this arid region.
▪ In arid regions, rainfall above the average one year will produce a particularly thick annual ring.
▪ an arid climate
▪ Much of Namibia is arid country and only fit for raising goats.
▪ The region is an arid wasteland.
▪ Balloon pilot John Bagwell likes to surprise tourists with this unexpected greenery in the arid center of Arizona.
▪ In the arid summer, the landscape becomes brown and dusty.
▪ The birds inhabit tropical forests, savannah, and arid semi-desert conditions.
▪ This form developed bipedalism and other adaptations to the newly opening arid savannah landscape and eventually became the ancestor of man.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Arid \Ar"id\, a. [L. aridus, fr. arere to be dry: cf. F. aride.] Exhausted of moisture; parched with heat; dry; barren. ``An arid waste.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.


a. 1 Very dry. 2 Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually. 3 devoid of value.

  1. adj. lacking sufficient water or rainfall; "an arid climate"; "a waterless well"; "miles of waterless country to cross" [syn: waterless]

  2. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo [syn: desiccate, desiccated]


In software engineering, Active Reviews for Intermediate Designs (ARID) is a method to evaluate software architectures that combines aspects from architecture tradeoff analysis method (ATAM) and software architecture analysis method (SAAM) in a more tactical level.

Arid (band)

Arid is a Belgian rock band, formed in the mid-1990s, made up of four members: Jasper Steverlinck ( vocals and guitar), David Du Pré ( guitar), Filip Ros ( bass) and Steven Van Havere ( drums).

Usage examples of "arid".

At night, when everybody was asleep, he and the famous airman Lyapidevsky found and rescued the Chelyuskin expedition, and with Vodopyanov he landed heavy aircraft on the pack ice at the North Pole, arid with Chkalov opened the unexplored air route to the United States across the Pole.

Gustave Duchanel, Algiers atomician, is building dozens of huge canals, through which water from the Mediterranean Sea now flows into the arid Sahara Desert.

She told a good story, and entertainingly so, and there was a great deal of laughter arid bonhomie among the four of them.

But if, on the other hand, the positive school of criminology denies, on the ground of researches in scientific physiological psychology, that the human will is free and does not admit that one is a criminal because he wants to be, but declares that a man commits this or that crime only when he lives in definitely determined conditions of personality and environment which induce him necessarily to act in a certain way, then alone does the problem of the origin of criminality begin to be submitted to a preliminary analysis, and then alone does criminal law step out of the narrow and arid limits of technical jurisprudence and become a true social and human science in the highest and noblest meaning of the word.

The high ridge of Chisinchi, stretching across the great plateau from Cotopaxi to Iliniza, separates the evergreen Valley of Quito from the arid and melancholy valleys of Cuenca and Ambato.

Chisinchi, stretching across the great plateau from Cotopaxi to Iliniza, separates the evergreen Valley of Quito from the arid and melancholy valleys of Cuenca and Ambato.

New forms of grain, developed on the Kagans and tested in dry Anchors, proved capable of growing well and swiftly in near-desert environments, taking what moisture they needed from the driest air and able to take minerals directly from the most arid soils, were now making the massive desert areas of Earth bloom once more.

But the Escapee remains most troubled in his mind over the occurrence arid tries to engage me in debate on its significance.

This absorption in material things and evanescent affairs engenders in the spirit an arid atmosphere of doubt and denial, in which no efflorescence of poetic and mystic faiths can flourish.

The great tide of human intelligence had long withdrawn, but the people had retained a good understanding of the land, its geography, and resources: efficient foraging was an essential skill if you were to find food and water in this desperately arid landscape.

A chill, arid wind blew from the mountains of the Jabal Alawite across the lava rock and gravel desert of Badiyat Ash-sham.

She always chose soft, rather feminine outfits, arid this morning she wore a simple lilac wool suit and a matching blouse with a frilly jabot which fell down the front, gold jewelry, and black patent pumps and handbag.

Vul was the second moon of Kalk, in the Svare System, a barren, arid place kept alive only by the Tarp which formed a clear dome over the settlement.

So far as the eye might reach there was nothing but arid sweltering sand and karoo scrub.

In fact, though the northern two-thirds of the Crimea was arid, the chain of mountains stretching from Balaklava in the southwest all the way to Kerch in the extreme east created a natural barrier that kept the southern coast subtropically pleasant.