Definition of arid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈærɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈærɪd//
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  1. 1(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; very dry arid and semi-arid deserts Nothing grows in these arid regions. The pioneers hoped to transform the arid outback into a workable landscape. Wordfinderarid, climate, continental climate, equatorial, frigid, harsh, humidity, rainfall, tropical, zone See related entries: Other geographic regions, Describing geographic regions
  2. 2(formal) with nothing new or interesting in it an arid discussion
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere ‘be dry or parched’.
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