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  1. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army; "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an arid region with little or no vegetation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa are destitute and vegetation. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population, but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a wilderness; a solitary place. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To abandon (the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To leave (especially something which one should stay by and support); to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to forsake; - implying blame, except sometimes when used of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To forsake; abandon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To run from duty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A deserved reward or punishment; merit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A wilderness; waste; a solitude. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Pertaining to a desert. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. The reward or punishment deserved: claim to reward: merit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To leave: to forsake. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To run away: to quit a service, as the army, without permission. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Deserted: forsaken: desolate: uncultivated. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. A desolate or barren place: a wilderness: a solitude. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. A desolate place; solitude. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Desolate; uninhabited; barren. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Merit; reward. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To leave; forsake. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To quit a service without leave. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To leave unwarrantably; forsake; abandon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To forsake a post or service without leave. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Of or like a desert; barren; waste. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Geog. A region destitute of vegetation, rainless, and commonly uninhabitable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. The state of deserving, or that which is deserved; merit or demerit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Uninhabited; uncultivated; waste; desolate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A barren tract of land; a waste solitude. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. What one deserves either as reward or punishment. See Deserve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To forsake; to leave without permission, in violation of duty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. To run away from one's post. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. Not a stretch of sand, an utterly barren waste, but a wild, uninhabited region. The words rendered in the Authorized Version by "desert," when used in the historical books denote definite localities. 1. ARABAH. This word means that very depressed and enclosed region--the deepest and the hottest chasm in the world--the sunken valley north and south of the Dead Sea, but more particularly the former. [ARABAH] Arabah in the sense of the Jordan valley is translated by the word "desert" only in ( Ezekiel 47:8 ) 2. MIDBAR. This word, which our translators have most frequently rendered by "desert," is accurately "the pasture ground." It is most frequently used for those tracts of waste land which lie beyond the cultivated ground in the immediate neighborhood of the towns and villages of Palestine, and which are a very familiar feature to the traveller in that country. ( Exodus 3:1 ; 6:3 ; 19:2 ) 3. CHARBAH appears to have the force of dryness, and thence of desolation. It is rendered "desert" in Psal 102:6; Isai 48:21; Ezek 13:4 The term commonly employed for it in the Authorized Version is "waste places" or "desolation." 4. JESHIMON, with the definite article, apparently denotes the waste tracts on both sides of the Dead Sea. In all these cases it is treated as a proper name in the Authorized Version. Without the article it occurs in a few passages of poetry in the following of which it is rendered; "desert:" ( Psalms 78:40 ; 106:14 ; Isaiah 43:19 Isaiah 43:20 ) biblestudytools.com
  38. Heb. midbar, "pasture-ground;" an open tract for pasturage; a common ( Joel 2:22 ). The "backside of the desert" ( Exodus 3:1 ) is the west of the desert, the region behind a man, as the east is the region in front. The same Hebrew word is rendered "wildernes," and is used of the country lying between Egypt and Palestine ( Genesis 21:14 Genesis 21:21 ; Exodus 4:27 ; 19:2 ; Joshua 1:4 ), the wilderness of the wanderings. It was a grazing tract, where the flocks and herds of the Israelites found pasturage during the whole of their journey to the Promised Land. The same Hebrew word is used also to denote the wilderness of Arabia, which in winter and early spring supplies good pasturage to the flocks of the nomad tribes than roam over it ( 1 Kings 9:18 ). The wilderness of Judah is the mountainous region along the western shore of the Dead Sea, where David fed his father's flocks ( 1 Samuel 17:28 ; 26:2 ). Thus in both of these instances the word denotes a country without settled inhabitants and without streams of water, but having good pasturage for cattle; a country of wandering tribes, as distinguished from that of a settled people ( Isaiah 35:1 ; 50:2 ; Jeremiah 4:11 ). Such, also, is the meaning of the word "wilderness" in Matthew 3:3 ; 15:33 ; Luke 15:4 . biblestudytools.com
  39. The translation of the Hebrew Aribah' , "an arid tract" ( Isaiah 35:1 Isaiah 35:6 ; 40:3 ; 41:19 ; 51:3 , etc.). The name Arabah is specially applied to the deep valley of the Jordan (the Ghor of the Arabs), which extends from the lake of Tiberias to the Elanitic gulf. While midbar denotes properly a pastoral region, arabah denotes a wilderness. It is also translated "plains;" as "the plains of Jericho" ( Joshua 5:10 ; 2 Kings 25:5 ), "the plains of Moab" ( Numbers 22:1 ; Deuteronomy 34:1 Deuteronomy 34:8 ), "the plains of the wilderness" ( 2 Samuel 17:16 ). biblestudytools.com
  40. In the Revised Version of Numbers 21:20 the Hebrew word jeshimon is properly rendered "desert," meaning the waste tracts on both shores of the Dead Sea. This word is also rendered "desert" in Psalms 78:40 ; 106:14 ; Isaiah 43:19 Isaiah 43:20 . It denotes a greater extent of uncultivated country than the other words so rendered. It is especially applied to the desert of the peninsula of Arabia ( Numbers 21:20 ; 23:28 ), the most terrible of all the deserts with which the Israelites were acquainted. It is called "the desert" in Exodus 23:31 ; Deuteronomy 11:24 . (See JESHIMON .) biblestudytools.com
  41. A dry place; hence a desolation ( Psalms 9:6 ), desolate ( Leviticus 26:34 ); the rendering of the Hebrew word horbah' . It is rendered "desert" only in Psalms 102:6 , Isaiah 48:21 , and Ezekiel 13:4 , where it means the wilderness of Sinai. biblestudytools.com
  42. This word is the symbol of the Jewish church when they had forsaken God ( Isaiah 40:3 ). Nations destitute of the knowledge of God are called a "wilderness" ( 32:15 , midbar ). It is a symbol of temptation, solitude, and persecution ( Isaiah 27:10 , midbar_; 33:9 , _arabah ). These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Desert". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  43. To leave especially something which one should stay by and support; to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to forsake; -- implying blame, except sometimes when used of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country. mso.anu.edu.au
  44. de-z[.e]rt', n. the reward or punishment deserved: claim to reward: merit--adj. DESERT'LESS, without merit. [See DESERVE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  45. de-z[.e]rt', v.t. to leave: to forsake.--v.i. to run away: to quit a service, as the army, without permission.--ns. DESERT'ER, one who deserts or quits a service without permission; DESER'TION, act of deserting: state of being deserted: wilful abandonment of a legal or moral duty or obligation. [L. deser[)e]re, desertum--de, neg., and ser[)e]re, to bind.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  46. dez'[.e]rt, adj. deserted: desolate: uninhabited: uncultivated: a desolate or barren place: a wilderness: a solitude. [O. Fr. desert--L. desertum, deser[)e]re, to desert, unbind.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. Deserving, worthiness of recompense good or bad; character that deserves good, virtue, whence desertless a.; deserving people; (pl.) acts or qualities deserving good or bad recompense, such recompense, (reward him according to, give him, he has got, his dd.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  48. Uninhabited, desolate; uncultivated, barren; (n.) waterless& treeless region, (fig.) uninteresting or barren subject, period, &c. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. Abandon, give up, (thing); depart from (place, haunt); forsake (person or thing having claims on one, as wife, post, the colours, ship); fail (his presence of mind deserted him); run away (esp. from service in army or navy), whence deserter n. So desertion n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  50. n. A deserted or forsaken tract of land; an unproductive region; a vast sandy plain; a wilderness; a solitude. Cabinet Dictionary
  51. n. [French] That which is deserved; the reward or punishment to which one is entitled—usually in a good sense;—worth; excellence; due. Cabinet Dictionary
  52. Wilderness, waste country, uninhabited place. Complete Dictionary
  53. Wild, waste, solitary. Complete Dictionary
  54. Qualities or conduct considered with respect to rewards or punishments, degree of merit or demerit; excellence, right to reward, virtue. Complete Dictionary

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