tor·rid (tôrĭd, tŏr-)
adj. tor·rid·er, tor·rid·est
a. Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot: a torrid afternoon.
b. Scorching; burning: the torrid noonday sun.
2. Passionate; ardent: a torrid love scene.
3. Hurried; rapid: set a torrid pace; torrid economic growth.
[Latin torridus, from torrēre, to parch; see ters- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
tor·ridi·ty, torrid·ness n.
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