Definitions of desert

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

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. 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
  2. You'll never desert me Maggie ” – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  3. Each family lives as in a desert – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  4. Back to my desert – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  5. 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
  6. You will not desert me now – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. Would you desert a pal at a time like this – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  8. You will not desert me – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. My husband refused to desert the State in which his interests were bound up – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  10. But I'm going into the Indian Desert I explained – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  11. What did you desert for ” – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  12. “ I can't desert him – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  13. This is called the Desert Fox – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  14. “ A sister of hers here tucked away in this desert – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  15. My Christopher desert me – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  16. “ Dourlens became for the time a desert – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  17. “ 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
  18. And are the desert – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  19. Not again shall I see you oh joy place in the desert – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  20. He is a desert man – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens

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