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arid

[ar-id] /ˈær ɪd/
adjective
1.
being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land;
an arid climate.
2.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture:
arid farmland.
3.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune:
an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Origin of arid
1645-1655
1645-55; (< F) < Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; cf. ash1
Related forms
aridity
[uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
hyperarid, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See dry.
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  • So these two, not yet aflame with drought, banished the arid phantom for a little while.

  • Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Better to have omitted all feast; nothing simpler, and it would have been at least dignified, even if arid.

    Lady Baltimore Owen Wister
  • What an impressive contrast to the arid physics of the time based also on Aristotle!

  • The scarcity of vegetation makes spectral remote sensing especially effective in arid lands.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for arid

arid

/ˈærɪd/
adjective
1.
having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
2.
devoid of interest
Derived Forms
aridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ), aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for arid
adj.

1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

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arid in Science
arid
  (ār'ĭd)   
Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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