Part of speech: noun

Long continued dry weather; want of rain; dearth; thirst.

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Usage examples "drought":

  1. During the past year, some 150 million people in 36 African countries were faced with near disaster as the result of serious drought, induced food shortages. - "State of the Union Addresses of Jimmy Carter", Jimmy Carter.
  2. We are seeking a means of ending the great drought which has ravaged the United States for the past two years. - "The Great Drought", Sterner St. Paul Meek.
  3. It was a Friday; a hot, nauseating smell of fried fish filled the refectory; a strong drought blew cold about feet encased in wet boots; the walls dripped with moisture, and outside the barred windows a fine rain was falling from a grey sky. - "The Aspirations of Jean Servien", Anatole France.