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scorching (comparative more scorching, superlative most scorching)
- Very hot.
- It was a scorching summer, and the ice-cream sellers plied a roaring trade.
- Bitterly sarcastic; scathing; withering.
- 1860, Lucius Robinson Paige, A Commentary on the New Testament, volume 3, page 130:
- Very probably he resolved never to repeat the request which had drawn forth such a scorching rebuke; but there is no evidence of his determination to forsake his iniquitous practices generally.
- (Of speed when driving, running, etc.) very high.
- 1996, Jon Byrell, Lairs, Urgers and Coat-Tuggers, Sydney: Ironbark, page 186:
- Dan Patch clocked a scorching 1:55.5 flat.
scorching (plural scorchings)
- The act or result of something being scorched.
- 1839, The Lancet, volume 2, page 682:
- There were several slight scratches and scorchings about the face, sides of the neck and shoulders […]
- 1997, Larry Dean Olsen, Outdoor Survival Skills, page 76:
- Green wood hardens after about four or five scorchings in the fire, but several scorchings are required to drive out the sap.