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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.
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Noun1.aridness - a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)aridness - a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
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(ˈӕrid) adjective
dry. The soil is rather arid.
aˈridity noun
ˈaridness noun
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19) He goes on to describe countless exotic things, in a place where "tutto era oblio" ("all was oblivion"), a hallucinatory mixture of aridness and the color white: the white stones of Arab cemeteries, and the swarms of boats in the Nile with their sails that were white like snowflakes.
People welcomed the snowfall with great pleasure after aridness, lasting for days.
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Reservation land is fairly incompatible with farming, primarily due to the aridness of the region.