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
What he saw reflected there was the exact likeness of one of the pretas, the restive spirits doomed to parch and starve because of their attachments to past lives, his hair white as death and flung out to every point of the compass, his limbs like sticks, his face seared like a hot dog left too long on the grill.
Before I made it back to my vehicle he called me back to his parch and wrote me permission.
Such a shortage would parch Nevada, Arizona and California with severe water-use restrictions.
A bigger rise of 3-4C — the smallest increase we can prudently expect to follow inaction — would parch continents, turning farmland into desert.
But ever -- and here the torment lay -- she was drawn back from these far-wanderings to her present trouble, with its parch in the throat, its ache in the breast, and its gnawing, vacant goneness.
They parch it in large batches with that of other tribal members and create markets where it can fetch a far price.
For a product that takes days and days of hard physical labor to harvest and parch, such a price was completely debilitating.
And blockbusters, however great, can cloy and parch simultaneously.
The panic ripples through our bodies, lips parch, hearts pound, we grow weak with fear.
Some regions will flood, some will parch, some species will dwindle, some will flourish.