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desert

a terrestrial environment in which there is poor soil, climatic extremes of high and low temperatures and low rainfall, and consequently a scarcity of living organisms, all of which must be specially adapted. See XEROPHYTE, METABOLIC WATER.
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They remembered, likewise, the good feasts of London the profusion of ale and sherry with which the citizens of London paid their friends the soldiers; -- they looked with terror at the black war bread, at the troubled waters of the Tweed, -- too salt for the glass, not enough so for the pot; and they said to themselves, "Are not the roast meats kept warm for Monk in London?" From that time nothing was heard of but desertion in Lambert's army.
Hunt, partly incited by indignation, partly by the policy of deterring others from desertion, put his threat into execution, and left them to find their way back to the settlements without, as he supposed, a single bullet or charge of powder.
Damon, the morning of the eighth day after their desertion by the faithless Jacinto.
She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart; his seduction and desertion of Miss Williams, the misery of that poor girl, and the doubt of what his designs might ONCE have been on herself, preyed altogether so much on her spirits, that she could not bring herself to speak of what she felt even to Elinor; and, brooding over her sorrows in silence, gave more pain to her sister than could have been communicated by the most open and most frequent confession of them.
He's as bitter as gall at your desertion and its consequences: don't expect thanks for this noble devotion.
The next day, 10th of November, the same desertion, the same solitude.
They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.
The apartment had no look of desertion. His wife's tidiness was one of the traits which had so much pleased him; his own upbringing had given him a tender sympathy for the delight in orderliness; and when he had seen her instinctive desire to put each thing in its appointed place it had given him a little warm feeling in his heart.
The litigant further stated that the present Act discriminates against Muslims also on the ground that instances of desertions would increase.
Such courts are seldom interested in the political motivations of deserting soldiers and antagonistic to (at least) open demonstrations of disobedience and desertion. (46) There is an institutional bias within the military against desertions and disobedience, and it is reflected in legal norms.
The provinces of Herat, Farah and Badghis in the west of the country are reporting the highest number of desertions. Soldiers mainly from the Afghan National Police (ANP) are leaving the service and either going home or joining the ranks of the Taleban.
It is difficult to provide accurate data on the number of desertions that have taken place in a given time and space, since many women do not report their husbands' absence.