dry spell


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dry spell

1. A period characterized by an extended lack of rain. My plants are looking all withered thanks to this dry spell we've had recently.
2. A period characterized by a lack of activity. Because I'm going through a dry spell as a freelancer, I'm constantly worried about how I'm going to pay my bills.
3. slang A period during which one has not been able to engage in sexual activity. No, I haven't had sex since I broke up with my girlfriend, OK? I'm just going through a dry spell right now.
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dry spell

Rur. a period with no rain. The dry spell killed the crops. We ain't had such a long dry spell since 1988.
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He said residents in other affected areas would be provided food rations to help residents overcome the effects of the dry spell.
Growers expressed their happiness as the dry spell broke, saying rain would benefit the fruit orchards and wheat crop.
Seeds of Gold spoke with farmers in different parts of the country to find out how they are coping with the current dry spell especially on feeding their animals, and how they are planning to overcome the tough times ahead.
Talking to reporter, District Health Officer Dr Amir Sheikh said the rain would hopefully end dry cough, cold, chest and throat infections and other health problems caused by the dry spell.
This dry spell in the winter season is a horrific one and it might be the result of our wrong deeds and injustices of the rulers committed in various parts of the country,' Bakhtiar Khan, a local Zamindar, and resident of the area told The Nation.
While the dry spell poses a big threat to agriculture, Wentzel said he doesn't expect cities to be hit quite as hard.
Because the dry spell affected rice areas, the Philippines was forced to import more than 2 million metric tons of rice.
The dry spell has left unbearable impact in the area as majority of water streams and wells have dried up while the ground water level has been dropped by around 50 feet,' SDO Public Health Engineering department Dir, Wilayat Said said.
Though rain cannot bring back natural springs, which have dried up due to the prolonged dry spell resulting in the shortage of water in many rain-fed areas including Rawalpindi and Islamabad, it [rain] will help settle dust particles suspended in the air which was causing a host of diseases,' a PMD official told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity.
In Maguindanao, the dry spell did not only wilt crops but also triggered a rat infestation that damaged hundreds of hectares of farms, said farmer Rahib Mamaluba.
In view of the prevalence of long dry spell in cardamom growing areas of South India, Spices Board had constituted a team to assess its impact on the cardamom production.
WANA -- The long dry spell ended in South Waziristan agency as it rained on Thursday.
At least 30 provinces, mostly in Mindanao, are expected to experience drought this month as some 20 other areas will likely experience dry spell due to El Nino, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
dry spell of precipitation) has attracted more and more interest [8, 14-17] and is considered to be necessary for the design and application of valid and reasonable drought resistance strategies.
With a very harsh summer and deadly heatwave followed by a long dry spell in the first two months of the monsoon season, the agriculture sector was hit badly in both the states.