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Definition lacking sufficient water or rainfall


lacking vitality or spirit
  • My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
arid = dry
  • a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata
  • We see nearly the whole of Australia covered by lofty trees, yet that country possesses a far more arid climate.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Atticus's voice had lost its comfortableness; he was speaking in his arid, detached professional voice.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • arid = lifeless (lacking vitality)
  • The mind is beset by light and space, the kinesthetic novelty of aridity, high temperature, and wind.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • aridity = dryness
  • the arid flatlands
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • arid = lacking sufficient water or rainfall
  • His voice had lost its aridity, its detachment, and he was talking to the jury as if they were folks on the post office corner.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • aridity = lack of vitality
  • He drew back his chair, clasped his hands over his head, and gave himself up to dull and arid musings.
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • Only some thirty arid summers had he seen; those summers had dried up all his physical superfluousness.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • Wondrous strength arid generosity of a woman's heart
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They went into the barn, arid hauled their parcels with a bit of string to the top of the haymow.
    Potter, Beatrix  --  The Original Peter Rabbit Books
  • Xavier Lavalle, in the name of the Law, descend arid submit to process for outrage of domicile.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Actions and Reactions
  • Are these plains composed of arid sand, as the first astronomer maintained?
    Verne, Jules  --  Round The Moon
  • One of them said, "The Sun, now while he is single, parches up the marsh, and compels us to die miserably in our arid homes."
    Aesop  --  Fables
  • He fancied she would not throw stones, and would go simply arid directly to see Anna, and would receive her in her own house.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Now runneth she foolishly in the arid wilderness, and seeketh and seeketh the soft sward—mine old, wild wisdom!
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • an arid climate
  • Arid, don't forget, you're the only one he asked for.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They were sailing very slowly up a river without banks that meandered between arid sandbars stretching to the horizon.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • We shared a cab along the arid miles between the Lutyens still life and the warm, palpitating motion picture of Old Delhi.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon

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