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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drought  \Drought\,  n.  [OE.  droght,  drougth,  dru??,  AS  druga?, 
  from  drugian  to  dry.  See  {Dry},  and  cf  {Drouth},  which  shows 
  the  original  final  sound.] 
  1.  Dryness;  want  of  rain  or  of  water;  especially,  such 
  dryness  of  the  weather  as  affects  the  earth,  and  prevents 
  the  growth  of  plants;  aridity. 
 
  The  drought  of  March  hath  pierced  to  the  root. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  In  a  drought  the  thirsty  creatures  cry.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Thirst;  want  of  drink.  --Johnson. 
 
  3.  Scarcity;  lack. 
 
  A  drought  of  Christian  writers  caused  a  dearth  of 
  all  history.  --Fuller. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  drought 
  n  1:  a  temporary  shortage  of  rainfall 
  2:  a  prolonged  shortage 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Drought 
  From  the  middle  of  May  to  about  the  middle  of  August  the  land  of 
  Palestine  is  dry.  It  is  then  the  "drought  of  summer"  (Gen. 
  31:40;  Ps  32:4),  and  the  land  suffers  (Deut.  28:23:  Ps  102:4), 
  vegetation  being  preserved  only  by  the  dews  (Hag.  1:11).  (See  {DEW}.) 
 




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