scorching
Adjective

scorching

  1. Very hot.
    It was a scorching summer, and the ice-cream sellers plied a roaring trade.
  2. 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.
  3. (Of speed when driving, running, etc.) very high.

Verb
  1. present participle of scorch#English|scorch

Noun

scorching (plural scorchings)

  1. 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.



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