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drought

noun

  1. (dryness)  a shortage of rainfall
    Synonyms: drouth. Type of: dryness
  2. (time period)  a prolonged shortage
    Synonyms: drouth. Type of: time period

Etymology summary

Old English drugað, drugoð "drought, dryness, desert", from Proto-Germanic...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Drought

an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply whether surface or underground water. Generally, this occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on... (40 of 3203 words, 9 images)

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Drought (disambiguation)

an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. Drought may also refer to: Drought (sport), an instance in which a team has gone a lengthy period of time without accomplishing some goal | James William... (43 of 113 words, 5 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

drought [meteorology] | Drouth

lack or insufficiency of rain for an extended period that causes a considerable hydrologic imbalance and, consequently, water shortages, crop damage, ... (21 of 226 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/171904​/drought

New World Dictionary:

drought | drouth [archaic] | droughty [related]

a prolonged period of dry weather; lack of rain | a prolonged or serious shortage or deficiency | [archaic] thirst (18 of 38 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/drought

Collins Dictionary:

drought | thirst [archaic, dialect, sense-specific] | droughty [adjective, derived]

a prolonged period of scanty rainfall | a prolonged shortage | an archaic or dialect word for "thirst" [Archaic and Scot form] : drouth (22 of 501 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/drought

Columbia Encyclopedia:

drought

abnormally long period of insufficient rainfall. Drought cannot be defined in terms of inches of rainfall or number of days without rain, since it's ... (24 of 223 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/weather​/A​0816130​.html

Merriam-Webster:

drought | drouth | crunch [synonym, sense-specific] | dearth [synonym, sense-specific] | deficit [synonym, sense-specific] | deficiency [synonym, sense-specific] | failure [synonym, sense-specific] | famine [synonym, sense-specific] | inadequacy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a period of dryness especially when prolonged ; specifically, one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth | a ... (22 of 157 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/drought

Oxford Dictionary:

drought

a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water | [with modifier] : a prolonged absence of something specified | ... (22 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/drought

Wiktionary:

drought | droughts [plural] | drouths [plural] | drouth [sense-specific]

A period of below average rainfall, longer and more severe than a dry spell. | [informal] A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport. (25 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/drought

American Heritage Dictionary:

drought | drouth [sense-specific] | droughty [adjective, related]

A long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions. | A prolonged dearth or shortage. (21 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/drought

Macmillan British Dictionary:

drought [countable/uncountable] | droughts [plural]

a long period of time when there is little or no rain and crops die (15 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/drought

Random House Dictionary:

drought | drouth [sense-specific] | thirst [archaic, synonym, sense-specific]

a period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops. | an extended shortage. | [archaic] thirst (19 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/drought

Cambridge Dictionary:

drought

a long period when there is little or no rain (10 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/drought

Encarta Dictionary:

drought | droughts [plural]

a long period of extremely dry weather when there is not enough rain for the successful growing of crops or the replenishment of water supplies | a ... (26 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606696​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

drought

Origin: Old English drugað, drugoð "drought, dryness, desert", from Proto-Germanic *drugothaz, from Germanic root *dreug- "dry" ... (15 of 43 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=drought

Merriam-Webster:

drought | drouth

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English drūgath, from drūgian to dry up; akin to Old English drȳge dry

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New World Dictionary:

drought

Origin: Middle English from Old English drugoth, dryness from drugian, to dry up; akin to dryge, "dry"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/drought

Oxford Dictionary:

drought

Origin: late Old English drūgath "dryness", of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to "dry"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/drought

American Heritage Dictionary:

drought

Origin: Middle English, from Old English drūgoth; akin to drȳge, dry.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/drought

Collins Dictionary:

drought

Origin: Old English drūgoth; related to Dutch droogte; see dry

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/drought

Wiktionary:

drought | droughts [plural]

Origin: Old English drūġaþ.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/drought

Encarta Dictionary:

drought | droughts [plural]

Origin: Old English drūgaþ "dryness" from Germanic, "dry"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606696​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

drought

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "drought"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/drought

Macmillan British Dictionary:

drought [countable/uncountable] | droughts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "drought"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/drought

Macmillan American Dictionary:

drought [countable/uncountable] | droughts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "drought"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/drought

Cambridge Dictionary:

drought

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "drought"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "drought"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/drought

the Free Dictionary:

drought

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "drought"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "drought"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "drought" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/drought

Google Dictionary:

drought | droughts [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "drought"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

drought

Audio: North American pronunciation of "drought"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=drough​01 word=drought

YourDictionary Audio:

drought

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "drought" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/drought

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