desert

(redirected from deserts)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

desert

v. to intentionally abandon a person or thing.

References in classic literature ?
"The desert is wide and there is no water in it, the mountains are high and covered with snow, and man cannot say what lies beyond them behind the place where the sun sets; how shalt thou come thither, Incubu, and wherefore dost thou go?"
"That is so, Incubu; a Hottentot I met on the road told me that a white man went out into the desert two years ago towards those mountains with one servant, a hunter.
Our caravan rested three nights at the town, which was about four miles off, in order to provide some horses which they wanted, several of the horses having been lamed and jaded with the long march over the last desert; so we had some leisure here to put my design in execution.
Some of them determined to desert, and to make their way back to St.
"There are two ways to get to the Land of Oz without traveling across the sandy desert."
"What I'd like," said Dorothy, "is to find some way to cross the desert to the Land of Oz and its Emerald City.
"I'll take him out into the desert below the DOUAR, and dispatch him."
"Well, maybe he only wanted to get us back here, and then he'll desert, too.
But, the hundred pounds of water that we threw overboard would be very useful to us now; it would be thirteen or fourteen days more of progress secured, or quite enough to carry us over this desert."
As soon as the last bit of desert was passed and all the procession, from the beautiful and dainty Ozma to the last soldier, had reached the grassy meadows of the Land of Ev, the magic carpet rolled itself together and entirely disappeared.
So I believe the best way to get across the desert will be through the air.
Swaying his head and smiling as if amused at himself, the officer ran almost at a trot through the deserted streets toward the Yauza bridge to overtake his regiment.