Torrid Zone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Torrid Zone the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torrid zone (Geog) that space or board belt of the earth, included between the tropics, over which the sun is vertical at some period of every year, and the heat is always great.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Torrid zone the broad belt round the earth betwixt the tropics, on either side of the equator
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. torridustorrēre, to burn.

Usage

In literature:

The natives of the torrid zone can only labour in the cultivation of the soil of that zone.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
In the torrid zone the temperature varies but little.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
But there, as here, are three quite distinct zones: the torrid, the temperate, and the glacial.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The inhabitants of the torrid zone, who twice a year, being under a vertical sun, have no shadow.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Andes which lie in the torrid zone, till you arrive at the height of five thousand feet above the sea.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845." by Various
They are thus associated, now with the temperate and now with the torrid zones.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Nay, as they get to learn the wants of cultivated men, there will be a poorer class even in the torrid zone.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Why round her middle wears this world so rich a zone of torrid verdure, if she be not dressing for the final rites?
"Pierre; or The Ambiguities" by Herman Melville
The portion of the continent to the south of the Tropic of Cancer lies within the torrid zone.
"North America" by Israel C. Russell
Proof of this is found in the snow-covered peaks of the tropics and the glaciers of the torrid zone.
"The Universe a Vast Electric Organism" by George Woodward Warder
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In poetry:

TWO strangers, from opposing poles,
Meet in the torrid zone of Love:
And their desire seems set above
The limitation of their souls.
"The Egoists" by Edith Nesbit
First view him in the Torrid Zone,
Sporting amid luxurious groves
Where nature delveth all alone,
And man in search of pleasure roves.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Say, were it ours, by Fortune's wild command,
By chance to meet beneath the Torrid Zone,
Wouldst thou reject thy Damon's plighted hand?
Wouldst thou with scorn thy once loved friend disown?
"Elegy XIII. To a Friend, On Some Slight Occasion Estranged From Him" by William Shenstone
Give me more love or more disdain; The torrid, or the frozen zone,
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
The temperate affords me none;
Either extreme, of love, or hate,
Is sweeter than a calm estate.
"Mediocrity In Love Rejected" by Thomas Carew