torrid
adjective Etymology: Latin torridus, from torrēre Date: 1545 1. a. parched with heat especially of the sun ; hot <
torrid sands
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b. giving off intense heat ; scorching 2. ardent, passionate <
torrid love letters
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torridity nountorridly adverbtorridness noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torrid — UK US /ˈtɒrɪd/ adjective INFORMAL ► a torrid period of time is full of difficult problems: »The manufacturing sector is going through torrid times. »These were a torrid few days for Spanish investors …   Financial and business terms

  • torrid — (adj.) 1580s, in torrid zone region of the earth between the tropics, from L. torrida zona, from fem. of torridus dried with heat, scorching hot, from torrere to parch, from PIE root *ters to dry (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)). Sense of very hot is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • torrid — [adj1] very hot arid, austral, blazing, blistering, boiling, broiling, burning, dried, dry, fiery, heated, parched, parching, red hot*, scalding, scorched, scorching, sizzling, stifling, sultry, sweltering, tropic, tropical; concept 605 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • torrid — index hot blooded Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • torrid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) very hot and dry. 2) full of intense emotions arising from sexual love. 3) full of difficulty. DERIVATIVES torridly adverb. ORIGIN Latin torridus, from torrere parch, scorch …   English terms dictionary

  • torrid — [tôr′id, tär′id] adj. [L torridus < torrere, to dry: see THIRST] 1. dried by or subjected to intense heat, esp. of the sun; scorched; parched; arid 2. so hot as to be parching or oppressive; scorching 3. highly passionate, ardent, zealous, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Torrid — Infobox Company company name = Torrid company | company type = Subsidiary of Hot Topic foundation = 2001 parent company = Hot Topic location = City of Industry, California key people = Betsy McLaughlin, CEO; Chris Daniel, President industry =… …   Wikipedia

  • torrid — [[t]tɒ̱rɪd, AM tɔ͟ːrɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Torrid weather is extremely hot and dry. [LITERARY] ...the torrid heat of a Spanish summer. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A torrid relationship or incident involves very strong emotions connected… …   English dictionary

  • torrid — tor|rid [ˈtɔrıd US ˈto: , ˈta: ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: torridus, from torrere to dry with heat, burn ] 1.) involving strong emotions, especially of sexual love ▪ a torrid love affair 2.) literary torrid weather is very hot ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • torrid — adjective 1 involving strong emotions, especially of sexual love: a torrid love affair 2 literary torrid weather is very hot: the torrid desert sun …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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