Definitions of desert

  1.   To leave; forsake.
  2.   an arid region with little or no vegetation
  3.   To quit a service without leave.
  4.   A barren tract of land; a waste solitude.
  5.   To forsake a post or service without leave.
  6.   A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa are destitute and vegetation.
  7.   A desolate or barren place: a wilderness: a solitude.
  8.   leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; " The mother deserted her children"
  9.   That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit.
  10.   A tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population, but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a wilderness; a solitary place.
  11.   The reward or punishment deserved: claim to reward: merit.
  12.   located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; " a desert island"; " a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; " a wild stretch of land"; " waste places"
  13.   Merit; reward.
  14.   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.
  15.   To run away: to quit a service, as the army, without permission.
  16.   Geog. A region destitute of vegetation, rainless, and commonly uninhabitable.
  17.   A deserved reward or punishment; merit.
  18.   Of or like a desert; barren; waste.
  19.   Deserted: forsaken: desolate: uncultivated.
  20.   To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond.
  21.   To forsake; abandon.
  22.   To leave: to forsake.
  23.   Uninhabited; uncultivated; waste; desolate.
  24.   To leave unwarrantably; forsake; abandon.
  25.   A wilderness; waste; a solitude.
  26.   To run from duty.
  27.   What one deserves either as reward or punishment. See Deserve.
  28.   To forsake; to leave without permission, in violation of duty.
  29.   Pertaining to a desert.
  30.   To run away from one's post.
  31.   To abandon ( the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors.
  32.   Desolate; uninhabited; barren.
  33.   The state of deserving, or that which is deserved; merit or demerit.
  34.   A desolate place; solitude.
  35.   Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island.
  36.   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"

Quotes of desert

  1. Being in the desert was brilliant and it was hard. – Toni Collette
  2. Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance. – Will Durant
  3. Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars- mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? – Richard P. Feynman
  4. Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it. – Rachel Field
  5. I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper. – E. M. Forster
  6. I may be able to spot arrowheads on the desert but a refrigerator is a jungle in which I am easily lost. – Edward T. Hall
  7. Well it seems to me, that all real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community. – Larry Harvey
  8. Christ shared our experience; he suffered as we suffer; he died as we shall die, and for forty days in the desert he underwent the struggle between good and evil. – Basil C. Hume
  9. In that long sequence, when Lawrence enters in the desert to rescue a lost man, Lean listened the music I wrote and wanted to extend the scene to let my work stay completely. – Maurice Jarre
  10. The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life. – Arthur Koestler
  11. All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child is dead and they have absolutely nothing- and they're heading through the desert at night. – Nicholas D. Kristof
  12. Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression. – T. E. Lawrence
  13. And all around is the desert a corner of the mournful kingdom of sand. – Pierre Loti
  14. The first song is called "London." It's about two Russian soldiers who desert the Russian army and escape to London, where they indulge in a life of crime. – Neil Tennant
  15. Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants. – Jessamyn West

Usage examples for desert

  1. This is called the Desert Fox. ” – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  2. “ " But I'm going into the Indian Desert I explained. ” – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  3. You'll never desert me, Maggie." ” – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  4. Not again shall I see you- oh joy place in the desert – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  5. “ I can't desert him. ” – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  6. You will not desert me? ” – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. “ I saw you- as if in a dream, though I was awake- lying helpless in the desert and a secret voice urged me on, saying: Seek him. ” – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  8. My husband refused to desert the State in which his interests were bound up. ” – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  9. Back to my desert – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  10. What did you desert for? ” – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  11. My Christopher desert me! ” – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  12. “ " A sister of hers here, tucked away in this desert – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  13. You will not desert me now? ” – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. Then he walked quickly out of the house, out of the village, toward the desert – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  15. Each family lives as in a desert – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  16. Will you now desert your old friend, or do you think of standing by me? ” – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  17. He is a desert man. ” – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  18. And are the desert – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  19. “ Dourlens became for the time a desert – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  20. Would you desert a pal at a time like this? ” – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Idioms for desert