1. Dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridity.
The drought of March hath pierced to the root. --Chaucer.
In a drought the thirsty creatures cry. --Dryden.
2. Thirst; want of drink.
3. Scarcity; lack.
A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of all history. --Fuller.
n 1: a temporary shortage of rainfall
2: a prolonged shortage
From the middle of May to about the middle of August the land of
Palestine is dry. It is then the "drought of summer" (Gen.
31:40; Ps. 32:4), and the land suffers (Deut. 28:23: Ps. 102:4),
vegetation being preserved only by the dews (Hag. 1:11). (See DEW.)