torrid

[ tawr-id, tor- ]
/ ˈtɔr ɪd, ˈtɒr- /

adjective

subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.

Nearby words

  1. torricelli,
  2. torricelli's law,
  3. torricelli, evangelista,
  4. torricellian tube,
  5. torricellian vacuum,
  6. torrid zone,
  7. torridly,
  8. torrify,
  9. torrijos herrera,
  10. torrijos herrera, omar

Origin of torrid

1580–90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for torrid

torrid

/ (ˈtɒrɪd) /

adjective

so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene
Derived Formstorridity or torridness, nountorridly, adverb

Word Origin for torrid

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch

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Word Origin and History for torrid

torrid

adj.

1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.

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Science definitions for torrid

torrid

[ tôrĭd ]

Parched with the heat of the sun.
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