What does the word drought mean?

Usage examples for drought

  1. We are seeking a means of ending the great drought which has ravaged the United States for the past two years. – The Great Drought by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  2. 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 by Anatole France