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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parch, searverb

    cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

    "The sun parched the earth"


  1. parchverb

    To burn the surface of, to scorch.

    The sun today could parch cement.

  2. parchverb

    To roast, as dry grain.

    We used grandma's skillet to parch corn.

  3. parchverb

    To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.

    The patient's mouth is parched from fever.

  4. parchverb

    To become thirsty.

    We're parched Hon. Could you send up an ale from the cooler?

  5. parchverb

    To boil something slowly (Still used in Lancashire in parched peas, a type of mushy peas).

  6. parchverb

    To become superficially burnt; be become sunburned.

    The locals watched, amused, as the tourists parched in the sun, having neglected to apply sunscreen or bring water.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Parchverb

    To burn slightly and superficially; to scorch; to dry up.

    Etymology: from πεϱιϰαιειν, says Franciscus Junius; from percoquo, says Stephen Skinner; neither of them seem satisfied with their conjecture: perhaps from perustus, burnt, to perust, to parch; perhaps from parchment, the effect of fire upon parchment being almost proverbial.

    Hath thy fiery heart so parcht thine entrails,
    That not a tear can fall? William Shakespeare.

    Did he so often lodge in open field
    In winter’s cold, and summer’s parching heat,
    To conquer France? William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Torrid heat,
    And vapours as the Libyan air adult,
    Began to parch that temperate clime. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I’m stupify’d with sorrow, past relief
    Of tears; parch’d up and wither’d with my grief. Dryden.

    Without this circular motion of our earth, one hemisphere would be condemned to perpetual cold and darkness, the other continually roasted and parched by the sun beams. John Ray.

    The Syrian star
    With his sultry breath infects the sky;
    The ground below is parch’d, the heav’ns above us fry. John Dryden, Horace.

    Full fifty years
    I have endur’d the biting winter’s blast,
    And the severer heats of parching summer. Nicholas Rowe.

    He is like a man distressed with thirst in the parched places of the wilderness, he searches every pit, but finds no water. John Rogers, Sermons.

  2. To Parchverb

    To be scorched.

    We were better parch in Africk sun,
    Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes. William Shakespeare.

    If to prevent the acrospiring, it be thrown thin, many corns will dry and parch into barley. John Mortimer, Husb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parchverb

    to burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn

  2. Parchverb

    to dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever

  3. Parchverb

    to become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry

  4. Etymology: [OE. perchen to pierce, hence used of a piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier, F. percer. See Pierce.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parch

    pärch, v.t. to burn slightly: to scorch.—v.i. to be scorched: to become very dry.—adj. Parched, scorched.—adv. Parch′edly.—n. Parch′edness. [M. E. parchen, either a variety of per(s)chen=peris(c)hen, to kill, or from perchen, to pierce.]

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    The numerical value of parch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

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    The numerical value of parch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • korventaa, korventua, polttaa, paahtaaFinnish
  • ressecarPortuguese
  • выжигать, иссушить, пересыхать, пересохнуть, выжечь, иссушатьRussian
  • parchTamil
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