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See also: Drought
- drouth (Scotland, Northern England, poetry). The pronunciation with /θ/ properly belongs with this now archaic doublet.
- druft (Northern England, dialectal).
- A period of unusually low rainfall, longer and more severe than a dry spell.
- 2012 January 1, Donald Worster, “A Drier and Hotter Future”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 70:
- Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.
- (by extension, informal) A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport.
- (archaic) dryness, aridness, dry heat
- 1814, The Right Honorable Sir John Sinclair, chapter XI, in Appendix to the General Report of the Agricultural State, and Political Circumstances, of Scotland, page 16:
- The consequences are, that a few days of severe drought, in the early parts of summer, or even when the grain is ripening, is sometimes fatal to the crop on moss.
- 1817, Adam Smith, chapter V, in An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, volume 2, page 344:
- The seasons most unfavourable to the crop are those of excessive drought or excessive rain.
period of unusually low rain fall
- Alternative form of