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ar·id

 (ăr′ĭd)
adj.
1. Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants: an arid climate.
2. Lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull: a technically perfect but arid musical performance.

[Latin āridus, from ārēre, to be dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.]

a·rid′i·ty (ə-rĭd′ĭ-tē), ar′id·ness n.

arid

(ˈærɪd)
adj
1. having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
2. devoid of interest
[C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry]
aridity, ˈaridness n
ˈaridly adv

ar•id

(ˈær ɪd)

adj.
1. extremely dry; parched: arid land.
2. barren or unproductive due to lack of moisture: arid farmland.
3. lacking vitality or imagination; sterile.
[1645–55; (< French) < Latin āridus=ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; compare ash1]
a•rid•i•ty (əˈrɪd ɪ ti) ar′id•ness, n.
ar′id•ly, adv.
syn: See dry.

ar·id

(ăr′ĭd)
Very dry, especially having less rainfall than is needed to support most trees or woody plants: an arid climate; an arid region.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arid - lacking sufficient water or rainfallarid - lacking sufficient water or rainfall; "an arid climate"; "a waterless well"; "miles of waterless country to cross"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
2.arid - lacking vitality or spiritarid - 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
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"

arid

adjective
2. boring, dull, tedious, dreary, dry, tiresome, lifeless, colourless, uninteresting, flat, uninspired, vapid, spiritless, jejune, as dry as dust She had given him the only joy his arid life had ever known.
boring interesting, spirited, exciting, stimulating, sexy (informal), lively, vivacious

arid

adjective
1. Having little or no liquid or moisture:
2. Having little or no precipitation:
Translations
قاحِل، جاف، مُجْدِب
suchývyprahlý
tørufrugtbar
skrælnaîur, òurr
išdžiūvęsmenkasmenkumassausassausringumas
izkaltissauss

arid

[ˈærɪd] ADJ (lit, fig) → árido

arid

[ˈærɪd] adj [region, land, area, desert, climate] → aride

arid

adj (lit) countryside, soildürr; climatetrocken, arid (spec); (fig) subjecttrocken, nüchtern; existencefreudlos, öd

arid

[ˈærɪd] adjarido/a (fig) → piatto/a

arid

(ˈӕrid) adjective
dry. The soil is rather arid.
aˈridity noun
ˈaridness noun
References in classic literature ?
The solitary and arid blades of grass arose from the passing gusts fearfully perceptible; the bold and rocky mountains were too distinct in their barrenness, and the eye even sought relief, in vain, by attempting to pierce the illimitable void of heaven, which was shut to its gaze by the dusky sheet of ragged and driving vapor.
A few immigrant wagons, diverted from the highways of travel by the fame of the new diggings, halted upon the slopes of Devil's Spur and on the arid flats of the Ford, and disgorged their sallow freight of alkali-poisoned, prematurely-aged women and children and maimed and fever-stricken men.
Wondrous strength arid generosity of a woman's heart
Only some thirty arid summers had he seen; those summers had dried up all his physical superfluousness.
In the most forlorn and arid and dismal one of all, where the racked and splintered debris was thickest, where the ancient patches of snow lay against the very path, where the winds blew bitterest and the general aspect was mournfulest and dreariest, and furthest from any suggestion of cheer or hope, I found a solitary wee forget-me-not flourishing away, not a droop about it anywhere, but holding its bright blue star up with the prettiest and gallantest air in the world, the only happy spirit, the only smiling thing, in all that grisly desert.
He drew back his chair, clasped his hands over his head, and gave himself up to dull and arid musings.
I hold that the more arid and unreclaimed the soil where the Christian labourer's task of tillage is appointed him--the scantier the meed his toil brings--the higher the honour.
Tell her what Heathcliff is: an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation; an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone.
they must circumvent arid Nature exactly as I circumvent sordid Man.
Pumblechook as from a comrade; though I doubt if he were quite as fully sensible of that gentleman's merits under arid conditions, as when something moist was going.
They went into the barn, arid hauled their parcels with a bit of string to the top of the haymow.
And this same arid soil hath ever been A haunt of countless mournful memories, As well in our day as in days of yore.