Adjective "arid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.
  1. 'In fact, she says, half of the water used in that arid climate is for lawns.'
  2. 'From the arid climate of the Sahara to the cold wastes of Siberia, man has learnt how to cope in a wide variety of ways with the effects of the atmosphere.'
  3. 'However, from Karadi to Dandi, the land is arid and the vegetation scrubby.'
  4. 'Ethanol has also been found to contribute to smog in arid climates due to its volatile nature.'
  5. 'Its feedstock is a special variety of rapeseed bred to do well in the arid climate of southern Colorado.'
  6. 'The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.'
  7. 'The arid desert climate gets little rainfall, but the Rio Grande provides water for irrigation.'
  8. 'Communities in arid climates often implement strategies for dealing with a lack of rainfall.'
  9. 'The inhabitants are dependent on crop farming which is difficult in the arid land.'
  10. 'In the United States, such features show up sporadically in arid lands from New Mexico to Idaho.'
Lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning.
  1. 'Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.'


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.Synonyms: dull, tedious, dreary, vapid, uninspired, uninspiring; pedantic.Antonyms: lively, interesting, exciting, spirited, imaginative.

More examples(as adjective)

"regions can be arid."

"areas can be arid."

"lands can be arid."

"countries can be arid."

"conditions can be arid."

More examples++


Mid 17th century: from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere ‘be dry or parched’.