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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.
Meanwhile, the planting of fruit-bearing trees in around 1,000 hectares of public land in Pangasinan was suspended following the state weather bureau's advisories on dry spells. Raymundo Gayo, provincial environment and natural resources officer, said the suspension is seen to save money and effort.
"Tonight will be cloudy, cold and breezy with dry spells and outbreaks of rain."
Mangudadatu emphasized to his constituents the need to develop and sustain backyard gardening for vegetables and other food crops to cushion the effect of dry spells on every household.
Areas predicted to be struck by dry spells were all provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region except Ifugao; Pangasinan and Cagayan provinces; all provinces in Central Luzon except Aurora and Bulacan; Metro Manila; all provinces in the Calabarzon region except Rizal; all provinces in the Mimaropa region except Palawan; all provinces in the Bicol Region; all provinces of Western Visayas; all provinces in Eastern Visayas; and Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Tawi-Tawi provinces.
Aside from dry spells, the weather phenomenon which is triggered by a rise in sea surface temperature in the central and eastern part of the Pacific Ocean also sets the right condition for typhoons, which he said, is 'a bane to the already decelerating inflation.'
According to Duhaylungsod, dry spells usually affect surface water source, but with the city's water sourced 100 meters down, there is a minimal correlation on the dry spell and the supply of water.
The ravaging impacts of climate change are now comprehensively upon us, sparking low intensity conflicts over growing water scarcities in some areas, eroding the agrarian base of the country in others, and visiting upon us a bewildering array of climatic oddities, like untimely dry spells, prolonged heat waves, growing glacial lakes that await like water bombs ready to detonate at the first heavy rainfall.
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.
The precipitation statistics for wet and dry spells are important for the planning and management of water resources.
Reports said dry spells are no longer new in Otago and Southland coastal areas, but they usually happen inland.
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.