What does the word drought mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Anatole France