• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scorching hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface "scorching heat"
    • adv scorching capable of causing burns "it was scorching hot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A painting of the Madonna in Fiorano Castle, Italy, escaped without even being scorched when invading soldiers set the castle afire, yet all the rest of the building was destroyed.
    • Scorching Burning; parching or shriveling with heat.
    • Scorching sufficiently hot to cause scorching.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scorching 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.
    • scorching Burning; torrid; very hot.
    • scorching Causing a sensation as of burning; stinging; hence, figuratively, bitterly sarcastic or upbraiding; caustic: scathing.
    • n scorching Fast riding on a bicycle or in a motor-car.
    • n scorching The injury caused to tender bark or leaves of plants by excessive heat of the sun. See firing, 7.
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  • Lucretius
    “Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.”
  • George Eliot
    “Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.”


In literature:

Scorched articles can often be whitened again, by laying them in the sun, wet with suds.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The fierce fever of it scorches in my veins.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
See how he acts; I bet you he got scorched, because there's still some red coals in the fireplace, you notice.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
It had withstood the scorching rays of the sun.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
And thou a thousand thousand times shalt be More shak'd thyself than she is scorch'd by thee.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
She cowered close about the Secret, until its fierce light scorched her.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
They were scorching her; already she could smell the odor of her burning hair.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World" by Margaret Vandercook
The flames were already scorching our backs.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
First I finds yer snug down snoozin' in the cabin, an' now here, with the sun ready to scorch yer eyes out.
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Unscathed by scorching war.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron

In poetry:

Or the fond maid, whom morrow's dawn
Had hail'd a wedded fair;
Doom'd to behold her lover's corse
Scorch'd by the lightning's glare ?
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
Nor scorching sun, nor sickly moon,
Shall have his leave to smite;
He shields thy head from burning noon,
From blasting damps at night.
"Psalm 121" by Isaac Watts
Whilst I am scorch'd with hot desire,
In vain cold Friendship you return,
Your drops of pity on my fire,
Alas! but make it fiercer burn.
"To Cloe" by Matthew Prior
He laid his left palm on an oaken beam;
His right upon her hand;
The lady shrunk, and fainting sunk,
For it scorch'd like a fiery brand.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
We pray in vain!
The sullen sky flings down its blaze of brass;
The joys of life all scorched and withering pass;
I shall not weep again.
"Lagrimas" by John Hay
Along the hot and endless road,
Calm and erect, with haggard eyes,
The prisoner bore his fetters' load
Beneath the scorching, azure skies.
"His Rubies: Told" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Al Scorch is on tour in support of his quite excellent new record, Tired Ghostly Town, out next week on Plan-It-X South.
After blazes scorch hundreds of acres.
Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dead Weather Scorch Bonnaroo.
Taking the Scorch Out of Butter.
It also does not scorch like regular butter, which is a boon when sautéing.
Another summer heat wave scorches New York City.
A scorching heat wave is expected to arrive this weekend, with temperatures possibly in the triple digits in many parts of Georgia.
Giancarlo Stanton's scorching leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth against Frank Francisco had the Mets talking even a morning later.
Hiking Through the Scorched Secesh with Idaho Conservation League.
Music, movies, musicals – his scorching new album's just the start.
Drought and scorching heat are warming lakes, streams and rivers in the Midwest and Plains to temperatures seldom seen before.
At the start of this scorching if somewhat formulaic thriller from bestseller Brown ( Play Dirty ), Charleston, S.C. TV reporter Britt Shelley wakes up in bed next to the dead body of police detective Jay Burgess.
Syracuse faced scorching 90 degrees Monday.
Snyder leaves scorched desert behind.
Amazon's Scorched -Earth War Against the Rest of Us.