Torrid zone
Torrid Tor"rid, a. [L. torridus, fr. torrere to parch, to burn, akin to E. Thist: cf. F. torride. See {Thirst}.] 1. Parched; dried with heat; as, a torrid plain or desert. ``Barca or Cyrene's torrid soil.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Violenty hot; drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching. ``Torrid heat.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Torrid Zone — Tor′rid Zone n. geo the part of the earth between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, characterized by a climate that is hot year round …   From formal English to slang

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  • torrid zone — noun The region, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, characterised by a hot and humid climate; the tropics …   Wiktionary

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  • Torrid Zone — /ˈtɒrəd zoʊn / (say toruhd zohn) noun the part of the earth s surface between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn …   Australian English dictionary

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