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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
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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Examples from the web for aridity
  • Conversely, dinosaurs are commonly found in areas that were once fluvial settings and in regions of extreme aridity.
  • Increasing aridity and loss of plant species may itself be contributing to the dwindling rains.
  • The perception of raw aridity is belied by a surprising amount of life: insects and lizards, the colorful opportunists.
  • Changes in the composition and the chemistry of sediments of lakes provide information on regional aridity and drought.
British Dictionary definitions for aridity

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 aridity
n.

1590s, from Middle French aridité or directly from Latin ariditatem (nominative ariditas) "dryness," from aridus (see arid). The Latin word was used figuratively of unadorned styles as well as stingy men.

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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aridity 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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