Definition for DES'ERT

DES'ERT, a. [s as z; L. desertus, desero; de and sere, to sow, plant or scatter; Fr. desert; Sp. desierto.]

  1. Literally, forsaken; hence, uninhabited; as, a desert isle. Hence, wild; unfilled; waste; uncultivated; as, a desert land or country.
  2. Void; empty; unoccupied. Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, / And waste its sweetness on the desert air. – Gray.

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