from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • Burning; torrid; very hot.
  • Causing a sensation as of burning; stinging; hence, figuratively, bitterly sarcastic or upbraiding; caustic: scathing.
  • noun Fast riding on a bicycle or in a motor-car.
  • noun The injury caused to tender bark or leaves of plants by excessive heat of the sun. See firing, 7.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Very hot.
  • verb Present participle of scorch.

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

  • adverb capable of causing burns
  • adjective hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface


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