Desert

A desert is a barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to the processes of denudation. About one third of the land surface of the world is arid or semi-arid. This includes much of the polar reg...
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Desert

An area, either hot or cold, where the annual precipitation is less than 25 cm (10 in).
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desert

[adj] - located in a dismal or remote area 2. [n] - an arid region with little or no vegetation
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Desert

A desolate and barren region, usually deficient in available water, and with scant vegetation.
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Desert

De·sert' (de*zẽrt') noun [ Old French deserte , desserte , merit, recompense, from 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; m...
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Desert

Des'ert (dĕz'ẽrt) noun [ French désert , Latin 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 supp...
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Desert

Des'ert adjective [ Confer Latin desertus , past participle of deserere , and French désert . 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 isla...
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Desert

De·sert' (de*zẽrt') transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Deserted ; present participle & verbal noun Deserting .] [ Confer Latin desertus , past participle of deserere to desert, French déserter . S...
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Desert

De·sert' intransitive verb To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond. « The soldiers . . . deserted in numbers.» Bancroft. Syn. -- To abandon; forsake; leave; relinquish; renounce; ...
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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. ... <botany> ' (Gray) Desert ...
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desert

godforsaken adjective located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; `a desert island`; `a godforsaken wilderness crossroads`; `a wild stretch of land`; `waste places`
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desert

noun arid land with little or no vegetation
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Desert

• (a.) Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island. • (v. t.) 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 ...
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desert

any large, extremely dry area of land with sparse vegetation. It is one of the Earth`s major types of ecosystems, supporting a community of ... [16 related articles]
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desert

desert 1. To leave (a person, place, etc.) without intending to return; especially, in violation of a duty, promise, or the like: 'He deserted his wife.' 2. With reference to military personnel, to leave or run away from (service, duty, etc.) with the intention of never returning. 3. To fail (someone) at a time of need: 'He felt that all of his fr...
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Desert

[philosophy] Desert t in philosophy is the condition of being deserving of something, whether good or bad. ==Nomenclature== The word is related to justice, revenge, blame, punishment and many topics central to moral philosophy, also `moral desert`. In the English language, the word `desert` with this meaning tends to be a rather uncommon wo...
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Desert

(1) Biome that has plants and animals adapted to survive severe drought conditions. In this habitat, evaporation exceeds precipitation and the average amount of precipitation is less than 25 centimeters a year. (2) Area that receives low precipitation. Also see cold desert and warm desert.
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Desert

Receiving less than 10 inches of precipitation annually.
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desert

Terkezi Oasis in the Sahara Desert. Credit: NASA An area where life has extreme difficulty in surviving. Deserts cover about one third of the Earth's land area. There are two types. Hot deserts These typically lie between latitudes 20° and 30° north and south, though they also exist...
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desert

• An ecosystem with less than 100 mm precipitation per year. • A wide, open, comparatively barren tract of land with few forms of life and little rainfall. See also desertification.
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desert, arid region, usually partly covered by sand, having scanty vegetation or sometimes almost none, and capable of supporting only a limited and specially adapted animal population. The so-called cold deserts, caused by extreme cold and often covered with perpetual snow or ice, are quite distinc...
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Desert

v. To deliberately discard a person or thin.
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desert

Click images to enlargeArid area with sparse vegetation (or, in rare cases, almost no vegetation). Soils are poor, and many deserts include areas of shifting sands. Deserts can be either hot or cold. Almost 33% of the Earth's land surface is desert, and this proportion is increasing. Arid land is defined as receiv...
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Desert

[disambiguation] A desert is a geographic area that receives little precipitation. Desert may also refer to: In art and entertainment: == See also == ...
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Desert

[particle physics] In particle physics, the desert refers to a theorized gap in energy scales between the TeV scale and the GUT scale in which no new physics appears. The idea of the desert was motivated by the observation of approximate, order of magnitude, gauge coupling unification at the GUT scale. Adding additional new physics at an in...
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