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Examples of torrid in a Sentence
The team had a torrid time trying to score.
the dry, torrid summers in southern Arizona
Recent Examples of torrid from the Web
The men who built the Royals still believe in this team, still believe after a nine-game skid, and a torrid June, and a 2017 season that has offered more turbulence and twisting turns than the Zambezi Zinger.
Torrid, a plus-sized women retailer based out of City of Industry, Calif., filed for an IPO to raise $100 million Friday.
The air came out of Max Kepler’s tires after a torrid start.
A torrid June carried him to his first All-Star berth and an appearance in the Home Run Derby.
As a result, Stampley and Voytko’s performances add a bit of balance to this torrid relationship.
Bruce got off to a torrid start and is sitting on a .269/.340/.541 line with 19 home runs.
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant coached Smith during his breakout season and also witnessed Marchessault’s torrid start of 10 goals and 17 points in the first 22 games last season before he was fired on Nov. 27.
Ian Happ must counter the adjustments pitchers made after a torrid start before the Cubs ask him to pack for a summer vacation in Iowa.
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What Do torrid and Toast Have in Common?
Torrid derives from the Latin verb torrēre, which means "to burn" or "to parch" and is an ancestor of our word toast. Despite the dry implications of this root, it is also an ancestor of "torrent," which can refer to a violent stream of liquid (as in "a torrent of rain"). "Torrid" first appeared in English in the 16th century, and was originally used to describe something burned or scorched by exposure to the sun. The term "torrid zone" later came about to refer to tropical regions of the Earth. By the end of that century the word had taken on the extended meaning that we know today - suggesting fiery passion.
Origin and Etymology of torrid
Latin torridus, from torrēre
First Known Use: 1545See Words from the same year
TORRID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of torrid for English Language Learners
: very hot and usually dry
: showing or expressing very strong feelings especially of sexual or romantic desire
: very difficult, uncomfortable, or unpleasant
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Definition of torrid for Students
: very hot and usually dry
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