drought

When there is a drought somewhere, there's not enough rainfall. In certain areas, a drought can last for weeks, months, sometimes even years! Forget about running your lawn sprinkler during a drought; the water is needed for drinking, bathing, and toilet flushing.

Another way drought can be used is to refer to a shortage of something (other than rainfall) that lasts for a long period of time, like a drought in job growth during a recession. Typically a drought is not a good thing and something you hope to avoid. For example, if your friend Kenny hasn't gone on a date in five years, it's safe to say that he is having a romantic drought.

Definitions of drought
  1. noun
    a shortage of rainfall
    “farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season”
    synonyms: drouth
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    type of:
    dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
    the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
  2. noun
    a prolonged shortage
    “when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought
    synonyms: drouth
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
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