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desert Explained

desert at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

(noun) ['dezət]
(verb) [dı'zə:t]

desert at Interlingua => English Of Explained:

desert-see deserer

desert at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1100-1200; Language: Old French; Origin: Late Latin desertum, from Latin desertus, past participle of deserere 'to desert']//
1 [U and C] a large area of land where it is always very hot and dry, and there is a lot of sand: --the Sahara Desert// --This area of the country is mostly desert.// in the desert// --The plane crash-landed in the desert.//
2 [C] a place where there is no activity or where nothing interesting happens: --The railroad yard was a desert now.// ----------// HINT // Do not confuse desert and dessert although they have similar spellings. // ----------//
desert 2 v [Date: 1300-1400; Language: French; Origin: deserter, from Latin desertus; DESERT1]//
1 [T] to leave someone or something and no longer help or support them: abandon// --Helen was deserted by her husband.// --Many of the party's traditional voters deserted it at the last election.// --The price rise caused many readers to desert the magazine.// desert sb for sb// --He deserted her for another woman.//
2 [T] to leave a place so that it is completely empty: abandon// --The birds have deserted their nest.//
3 [I] to leave the army, navy etc without permission: --Several hundred soldiers have deserted.//
4 [T] if a feeling, quality, or skill deserts you, you no longer have it, especially at a time when you need it: --Mike's confidence seemed to have deserted him.//

désert at French => English Of Explained:

dreary, gaunt

desert at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Large, extremely dry area of land with fairly sparse vegetation. It is one of the earth's major types of ecosystems. Areas with a mean annual precipitation of 10 in. (250 mm) or less are generally considered deserts. They include the high-latitude circumpolar areas as well as the more familiar hot, arid regions of the low and mid-latitudes. Desert terrain may consist of rugged mountains, high plateaus, or plains; many occupy broad mountain-rimmed basins. Surface materials include bare bedrock, plains of gravel and boulders, and vast tracts of shifting sand. Wind-blown sands, commonly thought to be typical of deserts, make up only about 2% of N. Amer. deserts, 10% of the Sahara, and 30% of the Arabian desert.

desert at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

292 Moby Thesaurus words for "desert":
Arabia Deserta, Death Valley, Lebensraum, Sahara, Saharan, abandon,
abscond, absquatulate, acarpous, advantageousness, agreeableness,
air space, alkali flat, alluvial plain, anhydrous, apostacize,
apostatize, arid, athirst, auspiciousness, back country, bare,
barren, barren land, barrens, basin, be unfaithful, beat a retreat,
beneficialness, benevolence, benignity, betray, bolt, bone-dry,
bottomland, break away, break faith, brush, bush, bushveld, campo,
celibate, champaign, champaign country, change sides, chastening,
chastisement, childless, chuck, class, clear out, clear space,
clearance, clearing, coastal plain, cogency, comeuppance,
compensation, cut and run, decamp, defect, degenerate, delta,
depart, deserted, deserts, deserving, desolate, desolation,
discipline, distant prospect, down, downs, drained, dried-up,
droughty, dry, dry as dust, due, dust bowl, dusty, elope, empty,
empty view, escape, excellence, exhausted, expedience, fail,
fairness, fall away, fall off, fallow, favorableness, fell,
fineness, first-rateness, flat, flat country, flatland, flats,
flee, fly, forsake, fruitless, fugitate, gaunt, gelded, glade, go,
go AWOL, go back on, go over, goodliness, goodness, grace,
grass veld, grassland, healthiness, heath, helpfulness,
high and dry, howling wilderness, impotent, ineffectual, infecund,
infertile, issueless, jejune, jilt, juiceless, jump, jump bail,
just deserts, justice, karroo, kindness, lande, leached, leave,
let down, levant, level, like parchment, living space, llano,
lonely, lowland, lowlands, lunar landscape, lunar mare,
lunar waste, make off, mare, maroon, menopausal, merit, mesa,
mesilla, moor, moorland, niceness, nonfertile, nonproducing,
nonproductive, nonprolific, open country, open space, outback,
pampa, pampas, pass the buck, payment, peneplain, plain, plains,
plateau, playa, pleasantness, prairie, profitableness, pull out,
punishment, quality, quit, quittance, rat, recompense, renegade,
renege, renounce, reprisal, repudiate, requital, retribution,
revenge, reward, rewardingness, right, rights, run, run away,
run away from, run away with, run for it, run off, run out on,
salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan, sandy, sapless, savanna, sebkha,
secede, sell out, shift the blame, shift the responsibility,
show the heels, sine prole, skedaddle, skillfulness, skip,
skip out, slip the cable, soundness, steppe, sterile, strand,
sucked dry, superiority, switch, switch over, table, tableland,
take French leave, take flight, take to flight, take wing,
teemless, tergiversate, terrain, territory, thirsting, thirsty,
throw over, tree veld, tundra, turn, turn against, turn cloak,
turn tail, turn traitor, uncultivated, undamped, unfertile,
unfruitful, uninhabited, unpeopled, unplowed, unproductive,
unprolific, unsown, untilled, unwatered, upland, usefulness,
vacant, validity, value, vega, veld, virgin, virtue, virtuousness,
waste, wasted, wasteland, waterless, weald, weary waste,
what is due, what is merited, wholeness, wide-open spaces, wild,
wilderness, wildness, wilds, without issue, wold, worth

desert at Croatian => English Of Explained:


désert at French => English Of Explained:

omnipotence, omnipotencesallm

desert at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Unproductiveness): unproductiveness, infertility, sterility, impotence, unprofitableness, uselessness, waste, desert, barrenness.

[ADJ] (Absence): absent, not present, away, nonexistent, nonresident, gone, missing, lost, wanting, omitted, nowhere to be found, empty, void, vacant, vacuous, unoccupied, uninhabited, tenantless, barren, sterile, desert, deserted, devoid, uninhabitable.

[N] (Relinquishment): relinquishment, abandonment, desertion, defection, secession, withdrawal, cessation, renunciation, recantation, abrogation, resignation, retirement, surrender.

[V] (Relinquishment): relinquish, give up, surrender, yield, abandon, desert, forsake, leave in the lurch, abandon, secede from, withdraw from, back out of, leave, quit, take leave of, resign, renounce, forego, discard, desist, stop, cease.

[V] (Resignation): resign, give up, throw in the towel, abjure, renounce, desert, relinquish, abdicate, vacate, step down, vacate one's seat, retire, tender one's resignation.

Desert at English => English (Eastons 1897 Bible) Of Explained:

: under, beneath, underneath, below, downwards, at the foot of, under ground, down stairs.[N] (Gratitude): gratitude, thankfulness, acknowledgment, recognition, thanksgiving, thanks, benediction, grace.[N] (Good Person): model, paragon, perfection, good example, hero, heroine, demigod, seraph, angel, innocent, saint, benefactor, philanthropist, gem*, good fellow, prince*.[N] (Liberality): liberality, generosity, munificence, bounty, bounteousness, bountifulness, charity, beneficence.[ADJ] (Liberality): liberal, free, generous, charitable, beneficent, hospitable, bountiful, bounteous, unsparing, munificent.

[ADJ] (Benevolence): benevolent, kind, kindly, well-meaning, amiable, obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humored, warm-hearted, kind-hearted, merciful, charitable, beneficent, humane, well-meaning, sympathetic, well-intentioned.[ADJ] (Good): commendable, useful, good, beneficial, profitable, advantageous.

[ADJ] (Usefulness): useful, of use, serviceable, good for, instrumental, helpful, advantageous, beneficial, profitable, gainful, remunerative, valuable, prolific, efficient, efficacious, effective, expedien.[N] (Receiving): receiving, acquisition, reception, acceptance, admission, recipient, beneficiary, pensioner, income, receipt.[N] (Good): good, goodness, benefit, advantage, improvement, interest, service, behalf, weal, gain, profit, harvest, boon, gift, blessing, prize, windfall, godsend.

[V] (Usefulness): be useful, avail, serve, be instrumental to, serve a purpose, perform a function, profit, remunerate, benefit, do good.

[V] (Benevolence): bear good will, wish well, do good, do a good turn, benefit, goodness, render a service, be of use, aid.[N] (Benevolence): benevolence, good will, philanthropy, unselfishness, kindness, kindliness, brotherly love, charity, sympathy, goodness of heart, bonhomie, kind-heartedness, amiability, tenderness, love, friendship, generosity.

[N] (Philanthropy): philanthropy, humanity, humanitarianism, benevolence, public spirit, chivalry, generosity.

[N] (Disinterestedness): disinterestedness, generosity, liberality, altruism, benevolence, magnanimity, chivalry, heroism, self-sacrifice, stoicism, martyrdom.[ADJ] (Aid): aiding, auxiliary, adjuvant, helpful, ancillary, accessory, favorable, propitious, obliging, benevolent.

[ADJ] (Benevolence): benevolent, kind, kindly, well-meaning, amiable, obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humored, warm-hearted, kind-hearted, merciful, charitable, beneficent, humane, well-meaning, sympathetic, well-intentioned.

[ADJ] (Philanthropy): philanthropic, humanitarian, utilitarian, cosmopolitan, public- spirited, patriotic, humane, large-hearted, benevolent, chivalric, generous.[ADJ] (Darkness): dark, obscure, pitch dark, pitch black, black, sunless, lightless, somber, dusky, nocturnal, dingy, lurid, gloomy, murky, shady, overcast, dim, cloudy, opaque, darkened, benighted.[ADJ] (Healthiness)

desert at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
noun -see also DESERTS [C, U] a large area of land that has very little water and very few plants growing on it. Many deserts are covered by sand:
the Sahara Desert * Somalia is mostly desert. * burning desert sands * (figurative) a cultural desert (= a place without any culture)
1 [VN] to leave sb without help or support
She was deserted by her husband.
2 [VN] [often passive] to go away from a place and leave it empty
The villages had been deserted. * The owl seems to have deserted its nest.
3 to leave the armed forces without permission:
[V] Large numbers of soldiers deserted as defeat became inevitable. [also VN]
4 [VN] to stop using, buying or supporting sth:
Why did you desert teaching for politics?
5 [VN] (written) if a particular quality deserts you, it is not there when you need it:
Her courage seemed to desert her for a moment.
desertion noun [U, C]:
She felt betrayed by her husband's desertion. * The army was badly affected by desertions.

Desert at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Desert \De*sert"\, n. [OF. deserte, desserte, merit, recompense,
fr. deservir, desservir, to merit. See {Deserve}.]
That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly
due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to
reward; merit.

According to their deserts will I judge them. --Ezek.
vii. 27.

Andronicus, surnamed Pius For many good and great
deserts to Rome. --Shak.

His reputation falls far below his desert. --A.

Syn: Merit; worth; excellence; due.

Desert \Des"ert\, n. [F. d['e]sert, L. desertum, from desertus
solitary, desert, pp. of deserere to desert; de- + serere to
join together. See {Series}.]
1. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of
supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and
Africa are destitute and vegetation.

A dreary desert and a gloomy waste. --Pope.

2. A tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population,
but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a
wilderness; a solitary place.

He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her
desert like the garden of the Lord. --Is. li. 3.

Note: Also figuratively.

Before her extended Dreary and vast and silent,
the desert of life. --Longfellow.

Desert \De*sert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deserted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Deserting}.] [Cf. L. desertus, p. p. of deserere to
desert, F. d['e]serter. See 2d {Desert}.]
1. To leave (especially something which one should stay by
and support); to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to
forsake; -- implying blame, except sometimes when used of
localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause,
one's country. ``The deserted fortress.'' --Prescott.

2. (Mil.) To abandon (the service) without leave; to forsake
in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the
army; to desert one's colors.

Desert \De*sert"\, v. i.
To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service
without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to

The soldiers . . . deserted in numbers. --Bancroft.

Syn: To abandon; forsake; leave; relinquish; renounce; quit;
depart from; abdicate. See {Abandon}.

Desert \Des"ert\, a. [Cf. L. desertus, p. p. of deserere, and F.
d['e]sert. See 2d {Desert}.]
Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or
cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate;
solitary; as, they landed on a desert island.

He . . . went aside privately into a desert place.
--Luke ix. 10.

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste
its sweetness on the desert air. --Gray.

{Desert flora} (Bot.), the assemblage of plants growing
naturally in a desert, or in a dry and apparently
unproductive place.

{Desert hare} (Zo["o]l.), a small hare ({Lepus sylvaticus},
var. Arizon[ae]) inhabiting the deserts of the Western
United States.

{Desert mouse} (Zo["o]l.), an American mouse ({Hesperomys
eremicus}), living in the Western deserts.

desert at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert
island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild
stretch of land"; "waste places" [syn: {godforsaken}, {waste},

n : an arid region with little or no vegetation

v 1: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the
lurch; "The mother deserted her children" [syn: {abandon},
{forsake}, {desolate}]
2: desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to
join the opposing cause, country, or army; "If soldiers
deserted Hitler's army, they were shot" [syn: {defect}]

desert at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » dessert|désert|deșert


Inter: wikipedia » dab=desert (disambiguation)|desert

Etymology 1

Inter: etyl » enm from the Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » deserte|lang=fro, from Inter: term » deservir||to deserve|lang=fro. This in turn is from the Inter: etyl » VL. Inter: term » deservire||to gain or merit by giving service|lang=la


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /dɪˈzɜː(ɹ)t/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /dI"Z3:(r\)t/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /dɪˈzɜːt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /dI"Z3:t/


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: context » usually in plural That which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward
    1. 1600, Inter: w » John Dowland, Inter: w » Flow My Tears
    2. : From the highest spire of contentment / my fortune is thrown; / and fear and grief and pain for my deserts / are my hopes, since hope is gone.
    3. 1897, Inter: w » Bram Stoker, Inter: w » Dracula Chapter 21
    4. : "Nonsense, Mina. It is a shame to me to hear such a word. I would not hear it of you. And I shall not hear it from you. May God judge me by my deserts, and punish me with more bitter suffering than even this hour, if by any act or will of mine anything ever come between us!"
      Derived terms
      * just deserts
      Inter: trans-top » that which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward

  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|վաստակ|tr=vastak
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|заслужено|n
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|fortjeneste|c

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|palkka
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|merecido Inter: qualifier » just punishment

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2

    Inter: etyl » fr Inter: term » désert|lang=fr or Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » desert|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » VL. Inter: term » desertum|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » desertus||left waste|lang=la, past participle of Inter: term » deserere||abandon|lang=la.


    * Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛzə(ɹ)t/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: enPR » dĕ'zə(r)t, Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛzɚt/. Inter: X-SAMPA » /"dEz@(r\)t/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-desert-noun.ogg|Audio (US), noun


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.
    1. Inter: figurativel » y Any barren place or situation.
    2. 2006, Philip N. Cooke, Creative Industries in Wales: Potential and Pitfalls (page 34)
    3. : So the question that is commonly asked is, why put a media incubator in a media desert and have it managed by a civil servant?


      Inter: en-adj » -

  • Abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited; usually of a place.
  • : They were marooned on a desert island in the Pacific.
    Derived terms
    Inter: der-top » 3
  • desert boot
  • desert island
  • desert lynx

  • Inter: der-mid » 3
    • desert pavement
    • desert pea
    • desert rat

    Inter: der-mid » 3
  • desert soil
  • desert varnish
  • desertification
  • food desert

  • Inter: der-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » barren area
    • Abkhaz: Inter: t- » ab|ацәҳәыра|sc=Cyrl
    • Amharic: Inter: t- » am|በረሃ|tr=bäräha|sc=Ethi
    • Arabic: Inter: t+ » ar|صحراء|f|tr=SaHraa'
    • : Egyptian Arabic: Inter: tø » arz|صحرة|f|tr=ṣaḥara|sc=Arab
    • Aramaic: Inter: tø » arc|מדבריא
    • Armenian: Inter: t+ » hy|անապատ|tr=anapat
    • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|ermu|m, Inter: t- » ast|desiertu|m
    • Azeri: Inter: t+ » az|səhra, Inter: t- » az|сәһра|sc=Cyrl
    • Bashkir: Inter: tø » ba|сүл|sc=Cyrl
    • Basque: Inter: t+ » eu|basamortu
    • Bengali: Inter: t- » bn|মরুভূমি|tr=môrubhumi|sc=Beng
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пустиня|f
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|desert|m
    • Chechen: Inter: tø » ce|гӀум-аре
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|沙漠|tr=shāmò|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|poušť|f
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|ørken|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|woestijn|f

  • Egyptian: {{tø|egy|
  • désert at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » desert


    Inter: wikipedia » lang=fr

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » la|fr Inter: term » desertum


    * Inter: audio » Fr-désert.ogg|audio


    Inter: fr-noun » m|sort=desert
  • desert

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » la|fr Inter: term » desertus|dēsertus|lang=la.


    Inter: fr-adj » sort=desert

  • deserted
    Derived terms
    * désertique
    • subdésertique
      Related terms
      * déserter

    Category: Category:fr - :Geography|desert
    Translation: bs » désert
    Translation: cs » désert
    Translation: de » désert
    Translation: et » désert
    Translation: el » désert
    Translation: eu » désert
    Translation: fa » désert
    Translation: fr » désert
    Translation: fy » désert
    Translation: gl » désert
    Translation: ko » désert
    Translation: hy » désert
    Translation: io » désert
    Translation: is » désert
    Translation: lo » désert
    Translation: lt » désert
    Translation: li » désert
    Translation: hu » désert
    Translation: mg » désert
    Translation: no » désert
    Translation: pl » désert
    Translation: pt » désert
    Translation: ru » désert
    Translation: fi » désert
    Translation: tr » désert
    Translation: vi » désert
    Translation: wo » désert

  • deșert at English (WD) Of Explained:


    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » la|ro Inter: term » desertus|dēsertus|lang=la.


    Inter: ro-adj » 4
  • empty, bare, desolate, vacant, deserted


    Inter: ro-adj-decl » fs=deșartă|mpl=deșerți|fpl=deșarte|ms-def=deșertul|fs-def=deșarta
    * gol, pustiu

    Related terms

    * deșerta

    Etymology 2

    From the above, with the meaning of a dry wasteland possibly based partially on Inter: etyl » fr|ro Inter: term » désert|lang=fr, from Inter: etyl » la|ro Inter: term » desertum|dēsertum|lang=la.


    Inter: ro-noun » n|deșerturi

  • desert, wasteland
    1. wilderness
      * gol, pustiu

    Translation: fr » deșert
    Translation: lt » deșert
    Translation: mg » deșert
    Translation: fj » deșert

  • deşert at English (WD) Of Explained:

    #REDIRECT deșert This redirect from a cedilla form to a Romanian spelling is in accordance with Wiktionary policy. However, if another language has the word deşert with a cedilla, then this page should be made an entry, and Category: template:also - used to link to the Romanian entry.
    Translation: lo » deşert
    Translation: hu » deşert
    Translation: fi » deşert