Definition of Desert

1. Noun. Arid land with little or no vegetation.

2. Verb. Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch. "Sam cannot desert Sue "; "The mother deserted her children"
Exact synonyms: Abandon, Desolate, Forsake
Generic synonyms: Leave
Specialized synonyms: Expose, Walk Out, Ditch, Maroon, Strand
Derivative terms: Abandonment, Deserter, Deserter, Desertion, Desolation, Forsaking

3. Verb. 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"
Exact synonyms: Defect
Generic synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight
Entails: Dissent, Protest, Resist
Specialized synonyms: Rat
Derivative terms: Defection, Defection, Defector, Deserter, Deserter, Desertion

4. Verb. Leave behind. "The students deserted the campus after the end of exam period"
Generic synonyms: Go Away, Go Forth, Leave

Definition of Desert

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

2. n. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country.

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

Definition of Desert

1. Noun. (context: usually in plural) That which is considered to be deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward ¹

2. Noun. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland. ¹

3. Adjective. Abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited; usually of a place. ¹

4. Verb. 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. ¹

5. Verb. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission ¹

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Definition of Desert

1. to abandon [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: abandon

Medical Definition of Desert

1. 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, an American mouse (Hesperomys eremicus), living in the Western deserts. Origin: Cf. L. Desertus, p. P. Of deserere, and F. Desert. See Desert. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Desert

desert (current term)
desert boot
desert cat
desert cats
desert climate
desert fever
desert four o'clock
desert hare
desert hares
desert holly
desert iguana
desert island
desert islands
desert lynx
desert mariposa tulip

Literary usage of Desert

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1849)
"Across the desert must he bad. Cairo, to the mek, can only be an intolerable bore ... The meeting with the overland mail was only au incident in the desert, ..."

2. Roughing it by Mark Twain (1913)
"And now we entered upon one of that species of deserts whose concentrated hideousness shames the diffused and diluted horrors of Sahara—an “alkali” desert. ..."

3. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1896)
"THE centre of the western part of the Gobi desert, which occupi nearly the ... My plan was cross the Takla-Makan desert from the Yarkand Daria to the Knot ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly (1891)
"This uniformity is the result of the correspondence of the desert tract with ... The midday heat in the desert rises to over 120° Fahr., while at night the ..."

5. The New Poetry: An Anthology by Alice Corbin Henderson (1917)
"The mountains afar girdle the desert as a zone of amethyst; Pale, translucent walls of opal, Girdling the desert as Life is girt by Eternity. ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1887)
"The desert from Dahshur to Aïn ... CB, BE, by the Sirdar of thè Egyptian army, to accom|iany Mr. Cope Whitehouse and examine the desert bet. the Fayoum and ..."

7. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore (1910)
"What may that desert be Î There is a lone Pilgrim, before whose faint eyes ... There is a bright Fountain, through that desert stealing To pure lips alone ..."

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