• WordNet 3.6
    • n desertion withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
    • n desertion the act of giving something up
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Death of a Deserter The Death of a Deserter
Red Mountains Desert Red Mountains Desert
The bird flew away, and carried me from this desert island The bird flew away, and carried me from this desert island

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ironically, watermelons, which are 92% water, originated from the Kalahari Desert in Africa
    • Desertion Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency. "The spiritual agonies of a soul under desertion ."
    • Desertion The act of deserting or forsaking; abandonment of a service, a cause, a party, a friend, or any post of duty; the quitting of one's duties willfully and without right; esp., an absconding from military or naval service. "Such a resignation would have seemed to his superior a desertion or a reproach."
    • Desertion The state of being forsaken; desolation; as, the king in his desertion .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Thirteen percent of the human population reside in deserts
    • n desertion The act of forsaking or abandoning, as a party, a friend, a cause, or the post of duty; the act of quitting without leave, and with an intention not to return.
    • n desertion The state of being deserted or forsaken.
    • n desertion The state of being forsaken by God; spiritual despondency.
    • n desertion In law, a wilful abandonment of an employment or a duty, in violation of a legal or moral obligation. Bigelow, Ch. J. In the law of divorce, the wilful withdrawal of one of the married parties from the other, or the voluntary refusal of one to renew a suspended cohabitation, without justification in either the consent or the wrongful conduct of the other. Bishop.
    • n desertion In botany Same as lipoxeny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The driest place on earth is Calama, in the Atacama Desert in Chile
    • Desertion act of deserting: state of being deserted: wilful abandonment of a legal or moral duty or obligation
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  • Samuel Ullman
    Samuel Ullman
    “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Ah! what would the world be to us If the children were no more? We should dread the desert behind us Worse than the dark before.”
  • Albert Camus
    “As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.”
  • Seneca
    “A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.”
  • James Graham
    James Graham
    “He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.”
  • Gil Stern
    Gil Stern
    “Man is a complex being; he makes the deserts bloom and lakes die.”


Just deserts - If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. desertio,: cf. F. désertion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deserĕre, desertumde, neg., and serĕre, to bind.


In literature:

The country on the west bank of the river, where we stopped, is fine, but deserted by the inhabitants.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
And then the winter of sunshine, and the songs of his workmen, his smiling fellahin, and the reclaiming of the desert.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The lonesomeness of Robinson Crusoe on his desert island was nothing compared to the lonesomeness of Pee-wee on that Saturday morning.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
With the first dawn those watchful Indians, creeping cautiously closer, would discover the stage deserted, and would be on their trail.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
Greek sat gazing out over the wide wastes of the desert.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
It is a desert, for which its scattered population is wholly insufficient.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
I related my origin and my inducements to desert my father's house.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
We drove through ordinary desert country to Williams and from there on past Flagstaff and eastward to Holbrook.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
For my part, I was more used to desert dangers, and slept all night.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
There were a few people still lingering on the stairs, but, except for the servants, the parlors below were deserted.
"My Lady of Doubt" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

Behind them, smiling in the morn,
Their forfeit garden lay,
Before them, wild with rock and thorn,
The desert stretched away.
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The hidden fountains, at thy call,
Their sacred stores unlock;
Loud in the desert, sudden streams
Burst living from the rock.
"Hymn VII. Messiah! at thy glad approach" by John Logan
'I little thought, that, thus forlorn,
In deserts I should bide,
And have not where to lay the head,
Amid the world so wide!'
"A Tale" by John Logan
Inhabit the untrodden ways;
Set! Thou my god and I thy priest,
Thy temple hidden in the haze
Of deserts death to god or beast!
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
Oh! it were better far to be
A wand'rer on the desert thrown,
Than to pursue, thus weariedly,
The path of hopelessness alone.
"Stanzas" by Eliza Acton
Lorn echo of these mouldering walls,
To thee no festal measure calls;
No music thro' the desert-halls,
Awakes thee to rejoice!
"The Ruin And Its Flowers" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

"This is like finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert".
WESHTATA, Libya — Libyan rebel forces massed for an attack on one of ousted leader Moammar Gaddafi's last bastions Sunday night, as their effort to negotiate the peaceful surrender of the desert town of Bani Walid broke down.
To comprehend the expanse and beauty of Oregon, one would have to spend an entire season - or perhaps a lifetime – exploring its beaches, mountains, deserts, waterways and towns.
On Monday, September 10th, BIGHORN will host a Job Fair from 10 am to 1 pm at their club located at 255 Palowet Drive in Palm Desert.
Desert Schools FCU Launches Voice Biometrics .
Na Yeon Choi was cruising to victory in the US Women's Open when her trademark consistency suddenly deserted her.
The fragile and famous Sonoran Desert.
This could be a textbook for Iraq 101, the survey course of US involvement in Iraq from Operation Desert Storm to Iraqi Freedom.
Top picks for entertainment in the High Desert and beyond.
The Desert Friendlies Presented by FC Tucson will be open to the public and lead up to the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup later in February.
The Kyzyl-Kum ("Red Sand") Desert lies just to the east of the Kara-Kum ("Black Sand") desert.
Firefighters evacuated dozens more people from their homes early Wednesday as a wildfire raced across the desert and consumed several structures in a desert locale where dozens of Hollywood Westerns were filmed.
Jennifer Hunold's acrylic and graphite piece, for example, depicts a desert setting including a large expanse of sky, tiny telephone lines and desert sands of colorful stripes.
Quarterback Matt Young, #7 of Desert Vista, is tackled by Mesquite defense during the football game between Desert Vista and Mesquite at DV on Friday, Oct 12, 2012.

In science:

An independent method limited to brighter flux sources, developed by D´esert et al. (1999), has been found to provide consistent results with PRETI, in the flux range in common.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
From D´esert et al. (1990). I have added (dashes) the linear extinction curve.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
Indeed, this component of the interstellar dust has been invoked years ago (Sellgren 1984) and the prediction that it can contribute very significantly in the near to midIR range when the UV field is very strong, is not recent (D´esert et al. 1990).
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
Whether such regrowth could even lead to a core accretion formation of exceptionally massive planets, effectively becoming brown dwarfs (in this case such brown dwarfs could now form much more often in the so called brown dwarf desert regime), is an interesting possibility.
Second generation planets
Our deep VLT exposures with the LR-blue grism effectively enable identification of X-ray sources without strong optical signs of an active nucleus, thus mitigating the strong bias evident in most spectroscopic surveys (i.e., the ’redshift desert’; Brandt & Hasinger (See Figure 6 of 2005)).
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey: Optical spectroscopy of faint X-ray sources with the VLT and Keck