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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.
See also: dry, spell

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.
See also: dry, spell
References in classic literature ?
The trouble with the beginner at the writing game is the long, dry spells, when there is never an editor's cheque and everything pawnable is pawned.
When it comes to feeds, dry spells are usually a great danger to farmers because most of them depend on the rains to grow fodder.
And those dry spells will be worse, too, thanks to higher temperatures which bring more evaporation, he added.
Don't forget to water your plants during dry spells and use a fertiliser when necessary for an extra boost.
Overall, March was cool with dry spells and below-average rainfall.
In a projection made much earlier by PAGASA, the agency said Aklan and Antique provinces would experience drought while Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros provinces will experience dry spells over a long-drawn period.
When we experience these dry spells, it affects our water supply.
The main objectives of this study are to (1) divide the whole WRB into several homogenous subregions, which are appropriate for the regional frequency analysis; (2) analyze the spatial variations of extreme dry spell and estimate the potential risk of the region which will be more prone to prolonged dry spells; (3) reveal the spatial variation of quantiles of AMDSL by the regional frequency method via L-moments method; (4) study the relationship between El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events and extreme dry spells in the WRB using the cross wavelet analysis method.
He said that aside from Queenstown, Alexandra and Milford Sound have surpassed their average dry spells.
The study by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Stanford University's hub of environment research and published in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change has also found changes in the atmosphere like winds and moisture which are likely to be responsible for changes in wet and dry spells.
The results suggested that although the average total rainfall during the monsoon season has declined, rainfall during the peak monsoon months has become more variable, with increases in the intensity of wet spells and in the frequency of dry spells.
THE idea of your homJULIA GRAY e having subsidence is pretty scary, and dry spells like the one we're having make it even more likely.
Hoping that the striker's condition will end soon, Ferguson said that Van Persie needs to go through the period without losing his faith in the game, adding that players will continue to have dry spells and Van Persie is one of them.
Dry spells analysis over the Mediterranean basin for present climate and climate change conditions using ENSEMBLES regional climate models.
If that prediction holds true, the streak will extend to 16 straight dry days, which will tie for fourth on the all-time list of May dry spells for the southern Willamette Valley since that data has been tracked.