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drought

 (drout) also drouth (drouth)
n.
1. A long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions.
2. A prolonged dearth or shortage.

[Middle English, from Old English drūgoth; akin to drȳge, dry.]

drought′y adj.

drought

(draʊt)
n
1. (Environmental Science) a prolonged period of scanty rainfall
2. a prolonged shortage
3. an archaic or dialect word for thirst Archaic and Scot form: drouth
[Old English drūgoth; related to Dutch droogte; see dry]
ˈdroughty adj

drought

(draʊt)

n.
1. a period of dry weather, esp. a long one that is injurious to crops.
2. an extended shortage; scarcity; dearth.
3. Archaic. thirst.
Sometimes, drouth (drouth).
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English drūgath <drūg- (base of drȳge dry)]
drought′y, adj. drought•i•er, drought•i•est.
drought′i•ness, n.
pron: Because drought and drouth represent two phonetic developments of the same Old English word and are pronounced (drout) and (drouth) respectively, the latter is not a mispronunciation of drought. The now unproductive suffix -th1 and its alternate form -t were formerly used to derive nouns from adjectives or verbs, resulting in such pairs as drouth/drought from dry, and highth/height (the former now obsolete) from high. In American English, drought is common everywhere in educated speech and is the usual printed form.

drought

(drout)
A long period of abnormally low rainfall.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drought - a shortage of rainfalldrought - a shortage of rainfall; "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
2.drought - a prolonged shortage; "when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"

drought

noun
1. water shortage, dryness, dry weather, dry spell, aridity, lack of rain, drouth (Scot.), parchedness Drought and famines have killed up to two million people.
water shortage flood, deluge, downpour, inundation
2. shortage, lack, deficit, deficiency, want, need, shortfall, scarcity, dearth, insufficiency The Western world was suffering through the oil drought.
shortage abundance, profusion
Translations
جَفَافجَفاف، قَحْط، مَحْل
sucho
tørke
kuivuus
suša
aszály
langvarandi òurrviîriþurrkar
日照り
가뭄
sausra
sausums
suša
torka
ความแห้งแล้ง
hạn hán

drought

[draʊt] Nsequía f

drought

[ˈdraʊt] nsécheresse f

drought

nDürre f; three droughts in as many yearsdrei Dürrekatastrophen in ebenso vielen Jahren

drought

[draʊt] nsiccità

drought

(draut) noun
(a period of) lack of rain. The reservoir dried up completely during the drought.

drought

جَفَاف sucho tørke Dürre ξηρασία sequía kuivuus sécheresse suša siccità 日照り 가뭄 droogte tørke susza seca засуха torka ความแห้งแล้ง kuraklık hạn hán 旱灾

drought

n. sequía.
References in classic literature ?
And the three years' drought in the time of Elias, was but particular, and left people alive.
said the Fox; "there is going to be a great drought, so I jumped down here in order to be sure to have water by me.
Not more than a drought of St Dunstan's fountain will allay,'' answered the priest; ``something there is of a whizzing in my brain, and of instability in my legs, but you shall presently see both pass away.
Fe -- Change in Landscape -- Geology -- Tooth of extinct Horse -- Relation of the Fossil and recent Quadrupeds of North and South America -- Effects of a great Drought -- Parana -- Habits of the Jaguar -- Scissor-beak -- Kingfisher, Parrot, and Scissor-tail -- Revolution -- Buenos Ayres State of Government.
The house occupied by the family was on the slope of a mountain, and after a long drought there was a terrible tempest which not only raised the river to a great height but loosened the surface of the mountain so that a great landslide took place.
oh, ever vernal endless landscapes in the soul; in ye, --though long parched by the dead drought of the earthy life, --in ye, men yet may roll, like young horses in new morning clover; and for some few fleeting moments, feel the cool dew of the life immortal on them.
He must have been born in some time of general drought and famine, or upon one of those fast days for which his state is famous.
Conventional figures spring to my pen, but every one of them is true; he was flowers in spring, he was sunshine after rain, he was rain following long months of drought.
Behind it lay a few desolate fields, and then the brown heath-clad summit of the hill; before it (enclosed by stone walls, and entered by an iron gate, with large balls of grey granite - similar to those which decorated the roof and gables - surmounting the gate-posts) was a garden, - once stocked with such hard plants and flowers as could best brook the soil and climate, and such trees and shrubs as could best endure the gardener's torturing shears, and most readily assume the shapes he chose to give them, - now, having been left so many years untilled and untrimmed, abandoned to the weeds and the grass, to the frost and the wind, the rain and the drought, it presented a very singular appearance indeed.
But a plant on the edge of a desert is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent on the moisture.
Drought is our great enemy, and the two last summers each contained five weeks of blazing, cloudless heat when all the ditches dried up and the soil was like hot pastry.
Oh, water is even more scarce than wine, your excellency, -- there has been such a drought.