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noun - plural: aridities

  1. the quality of yielding nothing of value
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of aridity: barrenness / fruitlessness
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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  2. a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)

Alternative definition of the noun aridity


  1. A long term lack of rainfall or moisture.

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Google previewAlkahest Magazine (1900)

The common canal, fairly administered, is an insurance against loss of crop by drought, while aridity is a substantial...

Google previewHydrology and Hydroclimatology (2012)

Principles and Applications by M. Karamouz, S. Nazif, M. Falahi

Aridity refers to the low rainfall regions and is a permanent feature of climate. Drought originates from a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time. Drought should be considered relative to some long-term average condition of ...

Google previewClimate - Vegetation: (2010)

Afro-Asian Mediterranean and Red Sea Coastal Lands by M.A. Zahran

Aridity is the main climatic feature of the coastal lands of both seas, already under stress from population pressure and conflicting uses. The apparent effects of these threats include loss of biodiversity, rapid deterioration in land cover and ...

Google previewThe New Normal (2010)

The Canadian Prairies in a Changing Climate by University of Regina. Canadian Plains Research Center

increasing aridity is a serious concern. Climate-change-induced vegetation and faunal changes are already ongoing worldwide (Parmesan and Yohe, 2003). Based on observations of the timing of the flowering of key wild plants, Beaubien ...

Google previewWater Resources and Development (2010)

by Clive Agnew, Philip Woodhouse

Drought is a natural phenomenon that can occur in all parts of the globe, whereas aridity is a climate norm, defined in terms of water balance (see Box 1.3) based on longterm (30 year) averages according to Warren and Khogali (1992).

Google previewWind as a Geomorphic Agent in Cold Climates (2004)

by Matti Seppälä

Aridity is the main limiting factor for growth in hot climates. In cold environments relatively low precipitation can be enough for plant growth because of the low evapo-transpi ration. However. cold and dry air is a fatal combination for most plants ...

Google previewPastoralism in Africa (2013)

Past, Present and Future by Michael Bollig, Michael Schnegg, Hans-Peter Wotzka

Though aridity is a predictor of poverty, not ...

Google previewAcross This Land (2002)

A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada by John C. Hudson

Aridity is the major factor limiting land-use options in the region, it is the basic control on vegetation and soil- forming ...

Google previewDesert Between the Mountains (1997)

Mormons, Miners, Padres, Mountain Men, and the Opening of the Great Basin, 1772-1869 by Michael Schelling Durham

Aridity is the characteristic that defines the Great Basin. Samuel Bowles noted in 1865 that “rain is a rarity,—near neighbor to absolute stranger. . . .” Whatever precipitation occurs is deposited on mountaintops, often as snow. Westerly winds ...

Google previewWater, Fungi and Plants (1986)

Symposium of the British Mycological Society Held at the University of Lancaster, April 1985 by British Mycological Society. Symposium

Aridity is a permanent feature of a region characterised by low rainfall and limited water availability whereas drought is a temporary state caused by a deficiency of rainfall significantly below the average.

Google previewSustainable Policy Applications for Social Ecology and Development (2012)

by Carayannis, Elias G.

INTRODUCTION Aridity is a factoflife in Arizona, yetwaterscarcity has long been inadequately taken into ...

Google previewLand Use Changes in Europe (2012)

Processes of Change, Environmental Transformations and Future Patterns by F.M. Brouwer, A.J. Thomas, M.J. Chadwick

Mediterranean region Increasing aridity is the major problem in the Mediterranean region. The implications are diverse and include lower rates of organic matter production in the soil, deterioration of soil structure, changes in the salt and water ...

Google previewTools for Drought Mitigation in Mediterranean Regions (2003)

by Giuseppe Rossi

Aridity is a nature produced permanent imbalance in the water availability consisting in low average annual precipitation, with high spatial and temporal variability, resulting in overall low moisture and low carrying capacity of the ecosystems.

Google previewGlobal Biodiversity in a Changing Environment (2001)

Scenarios for the 21st Century by Osvaldo E. Sala, Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald

Patterns of Diversity: The Basics of Desert Biology Critical Characteristics of Desert Environments and Desert Organisms Aridity is the defining characteristic of deserts. Precipitation inputs are determined by location within a continent relative ...

Google previewThe Arid Zones (1965)

by Kenneth Walton

In the temperate desert of Patagonia in South America, the principal cause of aridity is the presence of the Cordillera in the path of the prevailing westerlies since the mountains create a pronounced rainshadow on the leeward side.

Google previewPhysiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants (1997)

with 86 figures and 21 tables by Stanley D. Smith, Russell K. Monson, Jay Ennis Anderson

These are not mutually exclusive factors, but since aridity is the primary climatic attribute of desert regions, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Change (2013)

Three Volume Set by John A Matthews

AHP/JAM aridity The characteristic of a CLIMATE having insufficient or inadequate precipitation to maintain vegetation. This depends on soil factors as well as the interplay between temperature, evaporation, the amount of precipitation that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (2008)

by Vivien Gornitz

developed a general aridity index based on PE,: When P = PE, throughout the year, the index is 0. When P = 0 throughout the year, the index is —100. When P greatly exceeds PE, throughout the year, the index is + 100.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Geography, 15 Volume Set (2017)

People, the Earth, Environment and Technology by Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, Richard A. Marston

In lieu of using precipitation alone for measuring aridity, climatologists compare average ...

Google previewThe Fertilizer Encyclopedia (2009)

by Vasant Gowariker, V. N. Krishnamurthy, Sudha Gowariker, Manik Dhanorkar, Kalyani Paranjape

Aridity index Artificial manure lime layer, some others have salt accumulation, and yet others have thick carbonate silica-cemented hardpans. Aridisols range from bare rich to bare poor soils and exhibit a wide diversity in physical, chemical ...


by McGraw-Hill Education

aridity [CLIMATOL] The degree to which a climate lacks effective, life- promoting moisture. {a'rid-ad-é] aridity coefficient [CLIMATOL] A function of precipitation and temperature designed by W. Gorczynski to represent the relative ...

Google previewDictionary of English Synonyms Alphabetically Classified (1907)

by Thomas Fenby

dryness, aridity, aridness, thirst. To DROWN (».) — overflow, deluge, inundate, immerse, submerge, plunge, overpower, overwhelm, engulf. DROWSINESS (s.) — sleepiness, sloth, idleness, inactivity, torpor, lethargy. DRUDGERY (s.) — labour ...

Google previewMultilingual Dictionary Of Disaster Medicine And International Relief (1989)

English, Français, Español by S. William A. Gunn

Aridite (Aridity) Ascaridiase (Ascariasis) Asile ( Asylum) ...

Google previewJohnson's Dictionary (2013)

A Modern Selection by Samuel Johnson

Preface to the Dictionary sometimes easier words are changed into harder, as burial into sepulture or interment, drier into desiccatioe, dryness into siccity or aridity, fit into paroxysm; for the easiest word, whatever it be, can never be translated ...

Google previewThe English and Welch Dictionary (1737)

Or, the English Before the Welch. Containing All the Words that are Necessary to Understand Both Languages; But More Especially, for the Translation of the English Into Welch ... by John Roderick

- Prawf, Teßyn neu Jwtñ âfâith; neuêbwedL Aridity, of Drynefi* ...

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The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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