from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat: The midsummer sun parched the earth. See Synonyms at burn1.
- transitive v. To make thirsty.
- transitive v. To dry or roast (corn, for example) by exposing to heat.
- intransitive v. To become very dry. See Synonyms at dry.
- intransitive v. To become thirsty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burn the surface of, to scorch.
- v. To roast, as dry grain.
- v. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.
- v. To become thirsty.
- v. To boil something slowly (Still used in Lancashire in parched peas, a type of mushy peas).
- v. To become superficially burnt; be become sunburned.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain
- transitive v. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.
- intransitive v. To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To expose to the strong action of fire, but without burning; roast (vegetable produce especially) partially by rapid expulsion of moisture.
- To dry up; dry to extremity or to the point of burning: as, the sun's rays parch the ground; parched with thirst.
- Synonyms Singe, Sear, etc. See scorch.
- To become very dry; be scorched.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
Middle English parchen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)