aridity aridity

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the quality of yielding nothing of value
  2. (n) a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)

Usage(s):

  1. The very bulk of it was perhaps a reflection of the time's aridity.
  2. No Country is suffused with Modernist melancholy, a sense that our civilization is dying and all we have ahead of us are endless salt flats of moral and cultural aridity.
  3. To call these images arresting is to understate their ability to drag you on a bleak journey through the urban aridity of the mid-20th century.

News

  • Reader View: Galisteo development holds promise

    I was interested to read Phaedra Haywood’s story (“Preservation power,” May 27) about the Galisteo Basin Preserve. With the increasing incidence of extreme weather conditions, higher temperatures and greater aridity affecting the communities and landscapes of the American Southwest, the Galisteo Basin Preserve may prove a standard-bearer of environmentally responsible development and land ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

Quotes

  1. "The camel and its load-carrying saddle proved an effective weapon against heat and drought even in the worst years, when extreme aridity affected cattle people living far south of the desert," Mr. Fagan writes.
    on Mar 20, 2008 By: Brian Fagan Source: New York Times

  2. "The island offers a harsh landscape, tempered by its meeting with the channel, a striking image of the aridity of the earth versus the fluidity of the waters," said Nouvel. "These fired the imagination towards unknown cities buried deep into...
    on Jan 31, 2007 By: Jean Nouvel Source: Al-Bawaba

  3. Mr. Hass said he learned from Stegner that "the basic fact of life in the West was aridity, was dryness."
    on Mar 10, 2008 By: Robert Hass Source: New York Times

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