a. A dry, often sandy region of little rainfall, extreme temperatures, and sparse vegetation.
b. A region of permanent cold that is largely or entirely devoid of life.
c. An apparently lifeless area of water.
2. An empty or forsaken place; a wasteland: a cultural desert.
3. Archaic A wild and uninhabited region.
1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or inhabiting a desert: desert fauna.
2. Wild and uninhabited: a desert island.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin dēsertum, from neuter past participle of dēserere, to desert; see desert3.]
1. often deserts Something that is deserved or merited, especially a punishment: They got their just deserts when the scheme was finally uncovered.
2. The state or fact of deserving reward or punishment.
[Middle English, from Old French deserte, from feminine past participle of deservir, to deserve; see deserve.]
Word History: When Shakespeare says in Sonnet 72, "Unless you would devise some virtuous lie, / To do more for me than mine own desert," he is using the word desert in the sense of "worthiness; merit," a word perhaps most familiar to us in the plural, meaning "something that is deserved," as in the phrase just deserts. This word goes back to the Latin word dēservīre, "to devote oneself to the service of," which in Vulgar Latin came to mean "to merit by service." Dēservīre is made up of dē-, meaning "thoroughly," and servīre, "to serve." Knowing this, we can distinguish this desert from desert, "a wasteland," and desert, "to abandon," both of which go back to Latin dēserere, "to forsake, leave uninhabited," which is made up of dē-, expressing the notion of undoing, and the verb serere, "to link together." We can also distinguish all three deserts from dessert, "a sweet course at the end of a meal," which is from the French word desservir, "to clear the table." Desservir is made up of des-, expressing the notion of reversal, and servir (from Latin servīre), "to serve," hence, "to unserve" or "to clear the table."
v.de·sert·ed, de·sert·ing, de·serts
1. To leave empty or alone; abandon.
2. To withdraw from, especially in spite of a responsibility or duty; forsake: deserted her friend in a time of need.
3. To abandon (a military post, for example) in violation of orders or an oath.
To forsake one's duty or post, especially to be absent without leave from the armed forces with no intention of returning.
[French déserter, from Late Latin dēsertāre, frequentative of Latin dēserere, to abandon : dē-, de- + serere, to join; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]
A dry, barren region, usually having sandy or rocky soil and little or no vegetation. Most deserts receive less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of precipitation each year, concentrated in short bursts. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface and are mainly located along the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
Did You Know? Spell it with two s's (dessert) and it's ice cream. Spell it with one s (desert) and it's a place where you'd have trouble finding a glass of water, let alone a scoop of vanilla. A desert is defined by the water you won't find there. There's no official standard, but many people say that any place that gets less than 10 inches of precipitation a year qualifies. Deserts do not have to be hot. Even the Sahara Desert in Africa, famous for heat, can get cold at night. And although many people think of the Sahara as the world's biggest desert, that distinction actually belongs to Antarctica, which is incredibly cold and amazingly dry, receiving the frozen equivalent of less than 2 inches of water per year. In spite of this dryness, some animals and plants thrive in deserts. Each desert is therefore a unique ecosystem, a particular environment that includes organisms interacting with it and with each other.
leave - go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
expose - abandon by leaving out in the open air; "The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"; "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"
walk out - leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval; "She walked out on her husband and children"
Arabian, Atacama, Dasht-i-Lut or Dasht-e-Lut, Death Valley, Gibson, Gobi, Great Sandy, Great Victoria, Kalahari, Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum, Libyan, Mohave or Mojave, Nubian, Rub'al Khali, Sahara, Taklimakan Shama, Thar
1. to go away from and leave without help etc; to leave or abandon. Why did you desert us? verlaat يَهْجُر، يَتْرُك изоставям abandonar opustit verlassen forlade; svigte; lade i stikken εγκαταλείπωabandonar maha jätma ترک کردن؛ رها کردن hylätä abandonner לִנטוֹש वीरान हो जाना napustiti elhagy meninggalkan yfirgefa, fara frá abbandonare 見捨てる 유기하다 palikti, apleisti atstāt; pamest abai in de steek latenforlate, løpe fra, svikte opuszczać پرېښوول، پرېښودل،تښتېدل abandonar a părăsi покидать opustiť zapustiti napustiti överge ทอดทิ้ง terk etmek 遺棄，背離 покидати, залишати بے سہارا چھوڑ جانا bỏ đi 遗弃，背离
2. to run away, usually from the army. He was shot for trying to desert. wegdros يَهْرُب бягам desertar zběhnout fahnenflüchtig werden flygte; desertere λιποτακτώdesertar deserteerima فرار کردن karata déserter לַעֲרוֹק छोड़ देना dezertirati megszökik, dezertál melarikan diri gerast liðhlaupi disertare 脱走する 탈주하다 dezertyruoti dezertēt tinggalkan tanpa izin deserterendesertere, rømme dezerterować تښټیدل desertar a dezerta дезертировать zbehnúť dezertirati dezertirati desertera หนีทหาร firar etmek 開小差 дезертирувати فراری ہونا ، عموما فوج سے đào ngũ 开小差
2. abandoned. his deserted wife and children. verlate مَهجور، مَتْروك изоставен abandonado opuštěný verlassen forlade εγκαταλελειμένος abandonado mahajäetud رها شده؛ بی سرپرست گذاشته شده hylätty abandonnéנטוש परित्यक्त ostavljen elhagyott ditinggalkan yfirgefa abbandonato 見捨てられた 버려진 pamestas, paliktas pamests buang in de steek gelatenforlate, svikteporzucony پرېښودل abandonado părăsit покинутый opustený zapuščen napušten övergiven ซึ่งถูกทอดทิ้ง terk edilmiş 被遺棄的 покинутий, залишений متروک bị bỏ mặc 被抛弃的，被遗弃的
a man who deserts from the army etc. droster, wegloper فارٌّ من الجُنْدِيَّه дезертьор desertor zběh der Fahnenflüchtige desertør λιποτάκτηςdesertor väejooksik فراری rintamakarkuri déserteurעורק भगोड़ा dezerter (katona)szökevény desertir liðhlaupi disertore 脱走兵 탈영병 dezertyras dezertieris orang yang meninggalkan tentera tanpa izin deserteurdesertør, overløperdezerter ټښټدو desertor dezertor дезертир zbeh dezerter dezerter desertör คนหนีทหาร kaçak, firari 開小差的士兵，逃兵 дезертир فراری kẻ đảo ngũ 开小差的士兵，逃兵
deˈsertion (-ʃən) noun
(an) act of deserting. verlaat, wegloop هَجْر، تَرْك дезертиране deserção zběhnutí das Verlassen desertering; flugt εγκατάλειψη, λιποταξίαdeserción mahajätmine, deserteerimine ترک؛ رهاسازی؛ فرار rintamakarkuruus désertionנטישה, עריקה त्याग napuštanje, ostavljanje szökés, dezertálás desersi liðhlaup diserzione 見捨てること 탈주, 도망 pametimas, dezertyravimas pamešana; dezertēšana pengabaian desertiefrafall, svikt; desertering, faneflukt opuszczenie, dezercja پریښول deserção dezertare дезертирство dezercia pobeg napuštanje desertering, övergivande การทอดทิ้ง; การหนีทหาร terk etme, bırakıp gitme 拋棄 дезертирство فرار ہونے کا عمل sự bỏ mặc; sự đào ngũ 抛弃
an area of barren country, usually hot, dry and sandy, where there is very little rain. Parts of the country are like a desert; (also adjective) desert plants. woestyn صَحْراء пустиня deserto poušť; pouštní die Wüste ørken; ørken- έρημοςdesierto kõrb بیابان؛ کویر aavikko désert; désertiqueמדבר रेगिस्तान pustinja sivatag gurun eyðimörk deserto; desertico 砂漠 사막 dykuma tuksnesis; tuksneša- padang pasir woestijnørkenpustynia دشګو بېديا، ريګستان، دښت، وچه ميره deserto deşert; deşertic пустыня púšť; púšťový puščava pustinja öken ทะเลทราย çöl 沙漠 пустеля صرا sa mạc 沙漠
To the left lay the vast desert. This spot appears to be the outpost of the fertile country, and it would be difficult to say to what natural causes such an abrupt change in the character of the soil is due.
Then the march was resumed toward the desert. When they had come out of the mountains they turned toward the south, and about daylight came to the spot where their horses stood in care of two of their number.
About three hours after, when we were entered upon a desert of about fifteen or sixteen miles over, we knew by a cloud of dust they raised, that the enemy was at hand, and presently they came on upon the spur.
Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan where the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed, lies a moldering ruin, to-day, even as Joshua's miracle left it more than three thousand years ago; Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and their humiliation, have nothing about them now to remind one that they once knew the high honor of the Saviour's presence; the hallowed spot where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and where the angels sang Peace on earth, good will to men, is untenanted by any living creature, and unblessed by any feature that is pleasant to the eye.