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  • 1(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.

    ‘hot and arid conditions’
    • ‘However, from Karadi to Dandi, the land is arid and the vegetation scrubby.’
    • ‘The arid climate makes the desert the best outdoor setting to keep planes free of corrosion.’
    • ‘The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.’
    • ‘Ethanol has also been found to contribute to smog in arid climates due to its volatile nature.’
    • ‘The arid climate would easily sap the nutrients and moisture out of them.’
    • ‘From the arid climate of the Sahara to the cold wastes of Siberia, man has learnt how to cope in a wide variety of ways with the effects of the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Next I'll tell you about my travels to the arid lands south-east of the great Kalahari desert.’
    • ‘Intensive irrigation would reshape arid lands and revolutionize rural life.’
    • ‘The inhabitants are dependent on crop farming which is difficult in the arid land.’
    • ‘In the United States, such features show up sporadically in arid lands from New Mexico to Idaho.’
    • ‘In fact, she says, half of the water used in that arid climate is for lawns.’
    • ‘Communities in arid climates often implement strategies for dealing with a lack of rainfall.’
    • ‘Its feedstock is a special variety of rapeseed bred to do well in the arid climate of southern Colorado.’
    • ‘These findings are in contrast to earlier work that indicated an arid climate.’
    • ‘Indeed, dry and warm storage frequently promotes after-ripening of seeds in species of warm and arid climates.’
    • ‘It is an arid climate with a few registered inches of rainfall in a normal year.’
    • ‘After filming he headed for Namibia, wanting to be in a dry hot and arid climate after four months on a boat.’
    • ‘As the sun sets on a bleak plain in the arid Karoo region, the temperature plummets to below freezing.’
    • ‘The arid desert climate gets little rainfall, but the Rio Grande provides water for irrigation.’
    • ‘Hemp grows in virtually all conditions from arid desert to more temperate climes.’
    dry, dried up, waterless, as dry as a bone, moistureless, parched, scorched, baked, thirsty
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  • 2Lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning.

    ‘his arid years in suburbia’
    • ‘Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.’
    • ‘Yoga classes without this element seem to me arid and dull.’
    dreary, dull, drab, dry, sterile, banal, colourless, monochrome, unstimulating, uninspiring, flat, boring, uninteresting, monotonous, lifeless, tedious, vapid, jejune, soul-destroying
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/ˈerəd/ /ˈɛrəd/


Mid 17th century from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere ‘be dry or parched’.