desert
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin desertum, from Latin, neuter of desertus, past participle of deserere to desert, from de- + serere to join together — more at series Date: 13th century 1. a. arid land with usually sparse vegetation; especially such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually b. an area of water apparently devoid of life 2. archaic a wild uninhabited and uncultivated tract 3. a desolate or forbidding area <
lost in a desert of doubt
>
desertic adjectivedesertlike adjective II. adjective Date: 13th century 1. desolate and sparsely occupied or unoccupied <
a desert island
>
2. of or relating to a desert 3. archaic forsaken III. noun Etymology: Middle English deserte, from Anglo-French, from feminine of desert, past participle of deservir to deserve Date: 13th century 1. the quality or fact of deserving reward or punishment 2. deserved reward or punishment — usually used in plural <
got their just deserts
>
3. excellence, worth IV. verb Etymology: French déserter, from Late Latin desertare, frequentative of Latin deserere Date: 1603 transitive verb 1. to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return <
desert a town
>
2. a. to leave in the lurch <
desert a friend in trouble
>
b. to abandon (military service) without leave intransitive verb to quit one's post, allegiance, or service without leave or justification; especially to abandon military duty without leave and without intent to return Synonyms: see abandondeserter noun

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  • désert — désert, erte 1. (dé zêr, dé zèr t ) adj. 1°   Qui est sauvage et sans habitants. Une campagne déserte. île déserte. •   C est un instinct commun à tous les êtres sensibles et souffrants de se réfugier dans les lieux les plus sauvages et les plus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • deşert — DEŞÉRT, ÁRTĂ, (1) deşerţi, arte, adj., (II) deşerturi, s.n. I. adj. 1. Care nu conţine nimic în interior; gol. 2. (Despre terenuri, ţări, regiuni) Lipsit de vietăţi şi de vegetaţie; pustiu. ♦ Nelocuit, nepopulat. 3. fig. Lipsit de temei; amăgitor …   Dicționar Român

  • Desert — Des ert, a. [Cf. L. desertus, p. p. of deserere, and F. d[ e]sert. See 2d {Desert}.] Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • désert — DÉSERT, ERTE. adj. Inhabité, ou qui n est guère fréquenté. Lieu désert. Ville déserte. Campagne déserte. [b]f♛/b] On dit au Palais, qu Un appel est désert, Quand celui qui l a interjeté, ne l a pas relevé par lettres dans les trois mois. [b]f♛/b] …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Desert — Des ert (d[e^]z [ e]rt), n. [F. d[ e]sert, L. desertum, from desertus solitary, desert, pp. of deserere to desert; de + serere to join together. See {Series}.] 1. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Desert — De*sert (d[ e]*z[ e]rt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deserted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deserting}.] [Cf. L. desertus, p. p. of deserere to desert, F. d[ e]serter. See 2d {Desert}.] 1. To leave (especially something which one should stay by and support); to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Désert — (franz. für Wüste) ist der Name folgender Personen: Alex Désert (* 1968), US amerikanischer Schauspieler, Musiker und Synchronsprecher Claire Désert (* 1967), französische Pianistin Solen Désert Mariller (* 1982), französischer Kurzstreckenläufer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • desert — DESERT, [des]erte. adj. Inhabité, qui n est guere frequenté. Lieu desert. ville deserte. campagne deserte. l Arabie deserte. Il est aussi substantif, & signifie un lieu desert. Desert sauvage. desert effroyable. les deserts de l Arabie. les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • desert — DESÉRT, deserturi, s.n. Fel de mâncare, de obicei dulciuri, fructe, brânzeturi etc., care se serveşte la sfârşitul mesei; timpul când se serveşte această mâncare. – Din fr. dessert. Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 12.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  desért s. n …   Dicționar Român

  • desert — Ⅰ. desert [1] ► VERB 1) leave without help or support; abandon. 2) leave (a place), causing it to appear empty. 3) illegally run away from military service. DERIVATIVES desertion noun. ORIGIN Latin desert …   English terms dictionary

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