Media people, always on perpetual deadline, can adapt even to the most arid surroundings.
Anguilla is an arid, flat Caribbean island surrounded on all sides by seawater.
Everywhere, sprinkler systems and contract workers with hoses are fighting to tame the arid desert into lush submission.
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.