Definition of scorching in English:



  • 1Very hot.

    ‘the scorching July sun’
    • ‘Farmers on the Continent battled against an exceptionally dry summer and scorching temperatures that seriously damaged crops.’
    • ‘Around me, frustrated passengers began to speculate about the city overheating in scorching temperatures.’
    • ‘It was one of the better-looking days, sunny, but not scorching.’
    • ‘One of the defining characteristics of the Malaysian Grand Prix is the scorching heat.’
    • ‘I had to leave it running for a minute or two until it was scorching hot.’
    • ‘Accept the conditions - even if it's scorching sunshine or a really steep or rocky stretch.’
    • ‘The hot sun was scorching, and they quickly headed inside.’
    • ‘The tale begins quietly enough on a long-ago summer's day of stifling heat and scorching sunshine.’
    • ‘Normal people could only survive travel on the planet during dusk and dawn, when the temperature was neither freezing nor scorching.’
    • ‘I'm in hot water, so scorching and so deep that some relatives and friends are questioning my sanity.’
    • ‘Her face was scorching and she could not look at him.’
    • ‘Almost immediately, his calf swelled up, and the skin covering it grew scorching hot.’
    • ‘The water was scorching, and she liked it that way.’
    • ‘Did you ever put your fingers on something scorching hot?’
    • ‘Keep in mind that Jamaican cuisine doesn't have to be scorching.’
    • ‘Vultures and hawks circled in the flat blue skies above; clouds flecked and passed as ships of ghostly steam; the sun was hot but not scorching.’
    • ‘It was scorching outside and there was no telling whether he had managed to fall asleep or not, and even if he did, there was no telling whether he would wake up.’
    • ‘People, from kiddies to oldies, received the recreation despite the scorching sun.’
    • ‘Men in khaki did not complain about the scorching sun or the mirthful crowd.’
    • ‘The July sun was scorching, and the driver got lost.’
    extremely hot, red-hot, unbearably hot, blazing, flaming, fiery, burning, blistering, searing, sweltering, torrid, tropical, like an oven, like a furnace, like a blowtorch
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    1. 1.1(of criticism) harsh; severe.
      fierce, savage, scathing, withering, blistering, searing, devastating, stringent, severe, harsh, stinging, biting, mordant, trenchant, caustic, virulent, vitriolic
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    2. 1.2informal Very fast.
      ‘she set a scorching pace’
      • ‘The band were in top form as they flew through the night's scorching 65-minute, 11-song set.’
      • ‘No English daily is expanding at the scorching pace of these.’
      • ‘He got the innings going at a scorching pace.’
      • ‘Profit growth had slowed from 2004's scorching pace.’
      • ‘Fear is an alien emotion to the 18-year-old sensation, whose biggest asset is his scorching pace.’
      • ‘Fear is an alien emotion to the prodigy, whose biggest asset is his scorching pace.’
      • ‘It has set a scorching pace in a bid to remain York's greenest company.’
      speedy, quick, swift, rapid
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