1. a prolonged shortage

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : period, period of time, time period
    Examples :
    • when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought
  2. a shortage of rainfall

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
    Examples :
    • farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season


  1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    Synonyms : defect
    Type Of : take flight, fly, flee
    Examples :
    • If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
  2. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    Synonyms : abandon, desolate, forsake
    Type Of : leave
    Examples :
    • The mother deserted her children
  3. arid land with little or no vegetation

    Type Of : piece of ground, biome, tract, parcel of land, piece of land, parcel
  4. leave behind

    Type Of : go away, leave, go forth
    Examples :
    • the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period
  5. (usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment

    Type Of : merit, meritoriousness, deservingness


  1. a dish served as the last course of a meal

    Synonyms : afters, sweet
    Type Of : course


  1. decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior

    Synonyms : interior decoration
    Type Of : decoration, ornament, ornamentation


  1. a state in which all hope is lost or absent

    Synonyms : despair
    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • courage born of desperation
  2. desperate recklessness

    Type Of : foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
    Examples :
    • it was a policy of desperation


  1. informal terms for a human head

    Synonyms : attic, bean, bonce, noggin, noodle
    Type Of : human head
  2. a stadium that has a roof

    Synonyms : covered stadium, domed stadium
    Type Of : bowl, sports stadium, stadium, arena
  3. a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward

    Type Of : concave shape, incurvature, incurvation, concavity
  4. a hemispherical roof

    Type Of : roof


  1. the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code

    Synonyms : dah
    Type Of : radiotelegraphic signal, telegraphic signal
  2. the act of moving with great haste

    Synonyms : bolt
    Type Of : rush, haste, hurry, rushing
    Examples :
    • he made a dash for the door
  3. run or move very quickly or hastily

    Synonyms : dart, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    Type Of : speed, hasten, hie, hotfoot, bucket along, belt along, step on it, rush along, pelt along, rush, race, cannonball along
    Examples :
    • She dashed into the yard
  4. distinctive and stylish elegance

    Synonyms : elan, flair, panache, style
    Type Of : elegance
    Examples :
    • he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
  5. a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text

    Synonyms : hyphen
    Type Of : punctuation mark, punctuation
  6. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

    Synonyms : smash
    Type Of : break
  7. hurl or thrust violently

    Synonyms : crash
    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
    Examples :
    • He dashed the plate against the wall
    • Waves were dashing against the rock
  8. cause to lose courage

    Synonyms : daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
    Type Of : intimidate
    Examples :
    • dashed by the refusal
  9. a quick run

    Synonyms : sprint
    Type Of : run, running
  10. add an enlivening or altering element to

    Type Of : mix in, mix
    Examples :
    • blue paint dashed with white
  11. a footrace run at top speed

    Type Of : track event
    Examples :
    • he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
  12. destroy or break

    Type Of : queer, baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, scotch, spoil, thwart
    Examples :
    • dashed ambitions and hopes


  1. lowered in value

    Synonyms : debased, devalued
  2. unrestrained by convention or morality

    Synonyms : debauched, degenerate, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous
    Examples :
    • deplorably dissipated and degraded


  1. not fixed in position

    Synonyms : free
    Examples :
    • the detached shutter fell on him
  2. being or feeling set or kept apart from others

    Synonyms : isolated, separated, set-apart
    Examples :
    • she felt detached from the group
  3. no longer connected or joined

    Synonyms : separated
    Examples :
    • a detached part
    • on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached
  4. lacking affection or warm feeling

    Synonyms : unaffectionate, uncaring
  5. showing lack of emotional involvement

    Synonyms : degage, uninvolved
    Examples :
    • she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive
  6. used of buildings; standing apart from others

    Antonyms : attached
    Examples :
    • detached houses
    • a detached garage


  1. a determining or causal element or factor

    Synonyms : causal factor, determinative, determiner, determining factor
    Type Of : cognitive factor
    Examples :
    • education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life
  2. the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself

    Synonyms : antigenic determinant, epitope
    Type Of : site, situation
  3. having the power or quality of deciding

    Synonyms : deciding, determinative, determining
    Examples :
    • the determinative (or determinant) battle
  4. a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations

    Type Of : square matrix