Arid definition

ărĭd
Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants.

An arid climate.

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Lacking enough water for things to grow; dry and barren.
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Lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull.

A technically perfect but arid musical performance.

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Not interesting; lifeless; dull.
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Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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The definition of arid is land that does not have enough water to support the growth of plants.

A desert is an example of an arid land.

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Very dry.
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Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
arid
Comparative:
arider
Superlative:
aridest

Origin of arid

  • Latin āridus from ārēre to be dry as- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from the Latin term āridus (“dry, arid, parched”), confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb āreo (“I am dry, I am parched”), akin to ārdeō (“I'm on fire, I burn”).

    From Wiktionary