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

  • The very bulk of it was perhaps a reflection of the time's aridity.
  • At home, he has won critical respect because, as another critic puts it, "There is no aridity in Dallapiccola .
  • Growth of the shadow colleges, professors say, represents a reaction to the stiff formality of the conventional classroom, the aridity and irrelevancein the student's viewof .
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  • 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 ...
    June 16, 2013 - Santa Fe New Mexican

  • Brian Fagan in New York Times
    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.
  • Jean Nouvel in Al-Bawaba
    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...
  • Robert Hass in New York Times
    Mr. Hass said he learned from Stegner that "the basic fact of life in the West was aridity, was dryness."

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