Arid vs Damp - What's the difference?

arid | damp |

As an adjective arid

is very dry.

As a noun damp is





(en-adj) (wikipedia arid)
  • Very dry.
  • Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
  • Devoid of value.
  • Quotations

    * 1956 — , The City and the Stars , p 37 *: Such occupations might have seemed arid to those who did not possess the intellect to appreciate their subtleties.

    See also

    * semiarid


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  • Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
  • :* O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear -
  • The lawn was still damp so we decided not to sit down.
    The paint is still damp , so please don't touch it.
  • (obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
  • * 1667 , John Milton, Paradise Lost , Book 1, ll. 522-3:
  • All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and damp .


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    Derived terms

    * dampen * dampness

    See also



  • Moisture; humidity; dampness.
  • (archaic) Fog; fogginess; vapor.
  • * Milton
  • Night with black air / Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
  • (archaic) Dejection or depression.
  • * Joseph Addison
  • Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, / A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
  • * J. D. Forbes
  • It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion.
  • (archaic, or, historical, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
  • Derived terms

    * afterdamp * blackdamp * chokedamp * damp sheet * firedamp * stinkdamp * whitedamp


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
  • (archaic) To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
  • To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
  • :* To damp your tender hopes -
  • :* Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug -
  • :* How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! -
  • :* The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. -
  • :* Hollow rollers damp vibration. - []
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