Definition of 'desert'


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1. figuratively Any barren place or situation.

2. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.

3. usually in plural That which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward

4. That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit.

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

6. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa which are destitute of moisture and vegetation.

7. arid land with little or no vegetation

8. A desert place or region; a waste; a wilderness; specifically, in geography, a region of considerable extent which is almost if not quite destitute of vegetation, and hence uninhabited, chiefly on account of an insufficient supply of rain: as, the desert of Sahara; the Great American Desert.

9. That which is deserved; reward or penalty merited.

10. = Syn, Wilderness, Desert. Strictly, a wilderness is a wild, unreclaimed region, uninhabited and uncultivated, while a desert is largely uncultivable and uninhabitable owing to lack of moisture. A wilderness may be full of luxuriant vegetation. In a great majority of the places where desert occurs in the authorized version of the Bible, the revised version changes it to wilderness.

11. See dessert.

12. Synonyms Desert, Merit, Worth. Desert expresses most and worth least of the thought or expectation of reward. None of them suggests an actual claim. He is a man of great worth or excellence; intellectual worth; moral worth; the merits of the piece are small; he is not likely to get his deserts.

13. A deserving; that which makes one deserving of reward or punishment; merit or demerit; good conferred, or evil inflicted, which merits an equivalent return: as, to reward or punish men according to their deserts.

14. Specifically — In phytogeography, one of the three principal types of Schimper's climatic formations, the result of excessive drought or cold. In desert all surviving vegetation is stunted and the difference between woodland and grass-land (the other two grand types) is obliterated.

15. Abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited; usually of a place.

16. (Zoöl.) an American mouse (Hesperomys eremicus), living in the Western deserts.

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

18. Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary.

19. (Zoöl.) a small hare (Lepus sylvaticus, var. Arizonæ) inhabiting the deserts of the Western United States.

20. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission.

21. To leave (anything that depends on one's presence to survive, exist, or succeed), especially when contrary to a promise or obligation; to abandon; to forsake.

22. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

23. leave behind

24. Deserted; uncultivated; waste; barren; uninhabited.

25. Pertaining to or belonging to a desert; inhabiting a desert: as, the desert folk.

26. To quit a service or post without permission; run away: as, to desert from the army.

27. To abandon, either in a good or a bad sense; forsake; hence, to cast off or prove recreant to: as, to desert a falling house; a deserted village; to desert a friend or a cause.

28. To leave without permission; forsake; escape from, as the service in which one is engaged, in violation of duty: as, to desert an army; to desert one's colors; to desert a ship.

29. To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond.

30. 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.

31. (Mil.) To abandon (the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from


1. The banks are getting their just deserts.

2. The area was deserted on the days we visited.

3. The forest had given way to desert.

4. By day and especially by night, the place was deserted.

5. Expect wacky races across the desert in souped-up beach buggies.

6. In short, walking the desert is just walking.

7. Likewise, those that see a deserted beach are usually happy to spend long periods in their own company.

8. The next day I woke to eyeballs that felt like they'd been baking under a desert sun.

9. Three people were missing last night in Australia's western desert region prompting fears that their vehicle had been swept off a track by rising floods.

10. In the desert you can land where you want.

11. When they stopped doing that fine thing they seemed to be getting their just deserts.

12. The disease is carried in desert dust and people who work outside are particularly vulnerable.

13. The style of desert warfare is almost naval in its tactics.

14. There are especially high concentrations in desert regions.

15. Two others escaped after the attack on their cars in a desert area.

16. But is it as much a cultural desert as a geographical one?

17. We turned the corner and walked down a deserted street.

18. The desert is the place where anything goes.

19. This was the only way the deserted monastery could be reached.

20. The scene is a deserted beach in the north of the island.

21. It was clear who the criminals were and they got their just deserts.

22. More than a dozen neighbourhoods that previously housed hundreds of thousands of people are deserted.

23. The sheer scale of the desert scenes leaves you gasping and the electric blue and orange landscapes sear your eyeballs.

24. Most of the army there has deserted, taking arms and men to the rebels.

25. desert lands have become jungles, and visa versa.

26. A group of schoolboys run amok when they are abandoned on a desert island.

27. The Jail regime in crowded cells in the desert sun is so harsh that prisoners die of hunger or exhaustion.

28. In the winter the rain leaks through the seams; in the summer there is no escape from the scorching desert sun.

29. The 24 tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland.

30. Air pollution episodes such as last week's happen between one and five times a year, although usually without desert dust.

31. A drama still slogging on through the Middle Eastern deserts hardly adapts to the demands of showbiz.

32. As England realised that they would have to work hard for their gains for the first time this series, their good humour deserted them.

33. It is true that in almost every desert there are these sandy plains, yet are there other parts of its surface of a far different character, equally deserving the name of _desert_.

34. That's not to say I'm perfect – I've acquired the nickname 'desert cactus' because I hardly drink during training, which is something I need to work on.

35. The term desert is far more true because wasteland is abhorrently incorrect.

36. My idea of a desert is an eternal agony, plotted by the fury of the aridity, by the implacable confusion of a sun which, trampled by the wind, melts with the sand, until there is no other landscape than the sand dominating the sky, the ground, the wind.

37. ‘Was such a party bound to desert its essential core of supporters, they working class, in its attempt to secure the votes and support of others?’

38. ‘But now is not the time to desert the Labour Party, now is the time to reclaim it.’

39. ‘In Germany, opinion polls have indicated that traditional voters are profoundly disillusioned with the Party and are deserting it in droves.’

40. ‘The millions who until now have been denied political representation have thus far expressed their dissatisfaction and alienation by deserting their old party.’

41. ‘The menace of grooms deserting their legally wedded wives is rampant.’

42. ‘It fears that its voters, particularly the younger generation, will desert the party if it is seen to capitulate to a unionist agenda.’

43. ‘These days most beneficiaries are not deserted wives; they are single women who have had children.’

44. ‘Moreover, we cannot help but feel sorry for the emotionally lonely jeweler who lacks a wife and is deserted even by his housemaid.’

45. ‘By 1914 most of their best-known intellectuals had quarrelled with Lenin's tactics and deserted the party.’

46. ‘How was his third wife to know that he had deserted his still-living first wife?’

47. ‘Near the end of the story, deserted by his wife, he returns to descend into alcoholism.’

48. ‘Millions of voters and members have deserted these parties and are seeking an alternative.’

49. ‘Nonconformists were outraged and many of those who had deserted the party in 1886 came back.’

50. ‘What is worse about Henry's story is that he raised his three sons virtually single-handed after his wife deserted them.’

51. ‘White working class voters are deserting social democratic parties around the western world.’

52. ‘Those were dark times as friends deserted him and fans shunned him.’

53. ‘I have not deserted the military nor been disloyal to the men and women of the military.’

54. ‘And they are very disaffected with a Labour Party they believe has deserted them.’

55. ‘His customers deserted his food kiosk and his wife left him.’

56. ‘The enormous crowds delighted show organisers who had feared they may have deserted the event after last year's cancellation.’

57. ‘When the Government deserts them, who else is there to listen to the plight of the lottery people?’

58. ‘Naturally, they must drive along a virtually deserted country road.’

59. ‘We get long, panoramic shots of night-time Paris - rooftops, deserted streets, empty bars and restaurants.’

60. ‘His door flung open to find an empty couch and deserted living room.’

61. ‘Kingston's normally bustling town centre was virtually deserted on Saturday morning as people chose to stay at home to watch the match.’

62. ‘After the hectic activity during daytime, the area is virtually deserted by dusk with the chirping of crickets casting an eerie spell on the setting.’

63. ‘Viewers can't help but wonder why the place was deserted, and imagine the noise and fun of the games before.’

64. ‘Despite beautiful sunny weather, the parks were virtually deserted.’

65. ‘Today, with it being a Tuesday, the park was virtually deserted.’

66. ‘Perhaps because the hotel is new, the place was almost deserted.’

67. ‘As he scanned the scene inside, it became obvious the place was deserted.’

68. ‘The usually choc-a-bloc Central Street park was almost deserted - leaving spaces free for shoppers as the council intended.’

69. ‘When I got back to the depot, the place was deserted.’

70. ‘The place was deserted so I talked to Terry, the security guard.’

71. ‘The place was mostly deserted and the wait staff had assembled in the bar to watch the game.’

72. ‘Arriving a good five minutes before the film was due to start, the place was deserted apart from four guys at the door.’

73. ‘I thought it was a little strange, as it was a Friday night and the place was deserted.’

74. ‘Unfortunately it was raining, windy and cold and when we got there the place was deserted.’

75. ‘The place was practically deserted, so we had the run of almost every engine to ourselves.’

76. ‘At the end of the winter season and a few weeks away from the start of summer, the place was deserted.’

77. ‘Glancing up and down the dark street, I noticed how utterly deserted the place was… and how alone we were.’

78. ‘That these qualities could desert him so spectacularly at the club's training ground in the face of one legitimate question is revealing, if not even alarming.’

79. ‘Your lucky number has deserted you and eaten your dignity.’

80. ‘When the wind hit her as she rounded the top bend, her form and speed deserted her.’

81. ‘My Excel skills have deserted me - I was unable to make a graph that successfully showed the readings and the variance between them.’

82. ‘However, skill wins out in the long run because luck will desert you one day.’

83. ‘However, even though he managed to keep the 35-year-old out for a third time four minutes before the break, his luck was finally to desert him.’

84. ‘In one of the tightest contests in living memory, Lady Luck deserted him at the end.’

85. ‘Lady Luck, however, deserted him on the night but he was magnanimous and dignified in defeat.’

86. ‘A similar form of words may have entered Eriksson's mind as the luck of the draw deserted his team.’

87. ‘I do take risks though, so I hope my luck doesn't desert me in the future.’

88. ‘His ability to feel had deserted him and it left him empty.’

89. ‘Don't count on this to be the case because Lady Luck will desert you in a flash.’

90. ‘Indeed his weapon, an ability to swing the ball, seemed to have deserted him.’

91. ‘By 1980, her ability to overpower the political pressures on the judges had deserted her.’

92. ‘But last year, his form of a year earlier completely deserted him and he was substituted in a number of games.’

93. ‘His first kick from defence missed touch by several yards and his normally unerring passing skills seemed to have deserted him.’

94. ‘This time though, lady luck and self belief have both deserted him.’

95. ‘She was shivering, visibly, as though her ability to withstand the elements had suddenly deserted her.’

96. ‘My school French has deserted me in the hour of need.’

97. ‘However, in recent weeks his judgment has deserted him too.’

98. ‘After that, the troops began to desert en masse.’

99. ‘Repeated attempts were made to establish personal contacts with servicemen in order to induce them to desert and surrender.’

100. ‘Within days the enemy force had either been destroyed, surrendered or deserted.’

101. ‘Now if he returns to the U.S. he faces several years in prison - or possibly the death penalty - for deserting during wartime.’

102. ‘Soon disillusioned by the lot of the common soldier, he deserted and returned home; his youth saving him from military punishment.’

103. ‘The world sees the desert as a desolate land offering only hardship and discomfort.’

104. ‘The land was mostly flat and featureless; even the most desolate of the southern deserts had some rolling sand dunes and some cacti.’

105. ‘His explorations, surveys and reports, which stated that the north had some excellent pastoral lands and were not just arid sands and saline deserts, attracted pastoralists to the area.’

106. ‘The 37 areas that qualified for wilderness status include tropical rain forests, wetlands, deserts, and arctic tundra.’

107. ‘They occupy a wide range of environment from the edges of the desert to savannah lands (favoured by N. meleagris) and high forests.’

108. ‘Riding off trail or driving off designated areas permanently damages the land in the western desert.’

109. ‘They had left the forested area and were back into the sand of the desert.’

110. ‘He survived the crash by landing in ‘the biggest sand dune in the desert.’’

111. ‘The sands of the desert gave way to a grass-land, though the grass had a rotten look to it, and was slippery to walk on.’

112. ‘The black stone-wall stood out like a piece of coal in the snow, for it had been placed on a barren landscape, most of which had been covered with sand from the nearby desert.’

113. ‘Either it had been moved by someone, or something as was more likely, or it had been covered by the shifting sands of the desert.’

114. ‘Subtropical deserts and tropical savannahs and rainforests have similarly expanded and contracted, imposing their morphogenetic overprint on older landscapes.’

115. ‘He'd taken to spending long periods of time in the parkland, or out in the desert beyond the planted area, doing what, Annie didn't know.’

116. ‘Most of this area is desert or desertified sand suitable only for grazing.’

117. ‘The city had almost become overrun by the desert, the sand sweeping in to cover the streets and all items left out.’

118. ‘The helicopter slowly landed in the soft sand of a desert in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.’

119. ‘I wanted to ride out into the desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers.’

120. ‘The film starts by introducing ways to find a plot of land in the desert using satellite images, topographical maps and a compass.’

121. ‘The boy ran across the desert, the sand flying up from his heels.’

122. ‘It was a desolate barren land covered in deserts, forgotten and ignored by many.’

123. ‘There's a thriving energy and excitement about, and the whole perception of the town as a cultural desert is so wrong.’

124. ‘Within three years, they hope the area will have at least two major arts projects and a host of neighbourhood events which will ensure that huge swathes of planned new homes do not become a cultural desert.’

125. ‘Image and virtual reality are everything these days, explaining why the city, burdened with an inferiority complex, forever sees itself as a cultural desert.’

126. ‘What you don't realise is that the country's a cultural desert.’

127. ‘And they have been used as evidence to back the often-repeated slur that the town is a cultural desert.’

128. ‘Often derided as a cultural desert, it is listed as boasting plenty for arts lovers to experience.’

129. ‘The town was recently branded a cultural desert in a recent State of the Nation report.’

130. ‘People like that can only become popular in the cultural desert of the country.’

131. ‘Oh, but doesn't village life automatically consign you to a cultural desert?’

132. ‘The cultural desert has found an oasis from which to market its future.’

133. ‘The Istanbul of the 1970s was considered to be something of a cultural desert - certainly in terms of classical music.’

134. ‘We remain determined to guide the two of them through the cultural desert that is modern childhood but since they grew out of Postman Pat all the entertainment aimed at them seems so empty of real value.’

135. ‘This is not to say that it was a cultural desert: rather it was a repository of tradition that was constantly drawn on in terms of books and in terms of the iconography of its monuments.’

136. ‘The arts have not developed as quickly as the economy, and Hong Kong is often considered a cultural desert.’

137. ‘In that cultural desert, the President on screen appears a dignified and generous oasis of calm and benevolence.’

138. ‘It was pleasant to see a vast desert of lapwings, for these birds have quite disappeared from the part of North Cheshire in which I live.’

139. ‘In a related story, also in the Telegraph, it seems that the army is to modify 234 tanks - the equivalent of two armoured brigades - for use in desert conditions.’

140. ‘It has coped well with desert conditions, it has withstood attack from weapons which were designed to defeat it and its gun control equipment has proved to be outstanding.’

141. ‘The American-designed tanker has the capacity to hold up to 20,000 litres of fuel, and can operate in both arctic and desert conditions.’

142. ‘He believes that the model, which was designed in the 1960s, will perform better than a Landrover in desert conditions.’

143. ‘Tanks were also being prepared for desert conditions, with their filters and fans to be changed so they could cope with sand.’

144. ‘Armaments were often inferior and needing attention to make them serviceable in desert conditions.’

145. ‘He said that despite hostile desert conditions, morale among the servicemen was high.’

146. ‘Soil in countries in southern Europe has seriously depleted carbon levels, approaching desert conditions and could provide compost markets.’

147. ‘The goal was to find a plant that could grow in dry desert conditions with little care, yet still absorb a significant amount of uranium.’

148. ‘According to field reports, there was ‘complete satisfaction’ with it, even in the harsh desert conditions.’

149. ‘The tree grows very slowly and thrives in desert conditions.’

150. ‘This drastically minimized the harsh desert conditions and the reliability of the equipment increased.’

151. ‘The harsh weather conditions and the desert environment played havoc with our weapon systems as well as our personnel.’

152. ‘I looked at the scorching desert sand as the silvery moon was cooling it.’

153. ‘When I feel stressed, I want to lie down in warm desert sand.’

154. ‘Sarah looked ahead and saw two men charging at her through the desert sand.’

155. ‘Suddenly I realised we were the only two Europeans in the whole desert landscape.’

156. ‘The two buildings' formal similarities derive from their similar functions and desert landscapes.’

157. ‘For millennia, people have successfully converted desert landscapes into agricultural land through irrigation.’

158. ‘Other sites of religious importance are located on the edges of the desert plain.’

159. ‘As the Carter family drive across the desert wastes of America, a feral family of savage cannibals attacks them.’

160. ‘Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.’

161. ‘Her mouth and throat were as dry as the desert wastes.’

162. ‘It might add interest to what has become a long chase across desert wastes.’

163. ‘The longer we stay, the harder it will be to leave because of the resources wasted on this sad desert land.’

164. ‘She escaped the fatal ambush on a lonely desert stretch of the 3000 km-long Stuart Highway, which runs between Adelaide and Darwin.’

165. ‘I was in heaven taking each long, solitary, rocky desert ride on a test bike, once I had climbed past the hordes of people on the lower slopes of the mountain.’

166. ‘The desolate pine forests, craggy gullies and rugged desert country are all perfectly suited to this style of movie.’

167. ‘As they sat on gray folding chairs in the desert wasteland, the war seemed to be in dismal shape.’

168. ‘His standard operating procedure is to pick up lost and lonely women from the desert highways of the southwest.’

169. ‘The daughter did the best she could, trudging womanfully along until she came to a bleak desert land.’

170. ‘How many nights had he watched over me and kept me warm along some trout stream or in a lonely desert camp?’

171. ‘They will not be used much for riding, as their blowholes will prove too tempting a prospect for lonely cowboys in the vast desert biomes of the future.’

172. ‘While having it fixed, she saw a small, empty, desolate theater, which was attached to an abandoned desert inn.’

173. ‘Whereas the striped mouse is solitary in grasslands, it forms social groups in desert habitats.’

174. ‘I think on a desert island the river journey would be even more evocative.’

175. ‘Though if you wanted to elope to a desert island, I'd understand.’

176. The mother deserted her children

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