from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very hot.
  • v. Present participle of scorch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Burning; parching or shriveling with heat.
  • adj. sufficiently hot to cause scorching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Burning; torrid; very hot.
  • Causing a sensation as of burning; stinging; hence, figuratively, bitterly sarcastic or upbraiding; caustic: scathing.
  • n. In metal-working, the process of roughing out tools on a dry grindstone before they are hardened and tempered. It is so called from the great heat produced.
  • n. Fast riding on a bicycle or in a motor-car.
  • n. The injury caused to tender bark or leaves of plants by excessive heat of the sun. See firing, 7.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. capable of causing burns
  • adj. hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface


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  • Last June, walking past one such restaurant whose kitchen extends to the sidewalk, I saw a dozen or so men huddled within scorching distance of giant cauldrons in which meat and potatoes simmered.

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  • And considering the amount of energy needed to keep a man made iceberg under 32 degrees in scorching summers on the Persian Gulf, it’s almost amusing to hear Blue Crystal touted as sustainable.

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  • There’s no question that Bugliosi succeeds in scorching the CT terrain with ferocious, even definitive, plausibility.

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  • An electric frisson of awareness ran through her whenever she recalled the scorching golden glitter of his eyes.

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  • Boston-based artist Leah Giberson's paintings recall scorching hot summers in suburbs all over America and celebrate the seeming ordinariness of their landscape.

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  • While Marin's assessment is described as scorching, condemning as it does the law's lack of transparency and anti-democratic nature, one glaring shortcoming is its failure to censure both Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and Premier McGuinty for having lied to the public. - Home Page

  • Thursday was described as a scorching hot and windy day on Mount Arafat.

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  • The Tory's duty is to point out 'scorching' as and when it happens - else they be landed with the blame when they take office.

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