verb (used with object)
to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
to make dry, hot, or thirsty:
Walking in the sun parched his throat.
to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly:
A staple of the Indian diet was parched corn.
to dry or shrivel with cold.
verb (used without object)
to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
to dry (usually followed by up).
to deprive or be deprived of water; dry up: the sun parches the fields
(transitive; usually passive) to make very thirsty: I was parched after the run
(transitive) to roast (corn, etc) lightly
late 14c., “to roast or dry” (peas, beans, corn, etc.), of uncertain origin. Klein and OED reject derivations from Old North French perchier (Old French percer) “to pierce” and Latin persiccare “to dry thoroughly.” Barnhart suggests possibly from Middle English perchen, variant of perishen “to perish” (see perish). Klein “tentatively” suggests a back-formation from parchment. Surname Parchecorn is attested from mid-14c. Meaning “to dry with excessive heat” is mid-15c. Related: Parched; parching.
- Parched ground
(Isa. 35:7), Heb. sharab, a “mirage”, a phenomenon caused by the refraction of the rays of the sun on the glowing sands of the desert, causing them suddenly to assume the appearance of a beautiful lake. It is called by the modern Arabs by the same Hebrew name _serab_.
[pahr-chee-zee] /pɑrˈtʃi zi/ Trademark. 1. a brand of the game pachisi. /pɑːˈtʃiːzɪ/ noun 1. trademark a modern board game derived from the ancient game of pachisi n. 1800, from Hindi pachisi, from pachis “twenty-five” (highest throw of the dice), from Sanskrit panca “five” (see five) + vinsati-s “twenty.” Modern spelling outside India, with intrusive -r-, […]
[pahrch] /pɑrtʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do. 2. to make dry, hot, or thirsty: Walking in the sun parched his throat. 3. to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly: A staple of […]
[pahrch-muh nt] /ˈpɑrtʃ mənt/ noun 1. the skin of sheep, goats, etc., prepared for use as a material on which to write. 2. a manuscript or document on such material. 3. a stiff, off-white paper resembling this material. 4. a diploma. /ˈpɑːtʃmənt/ noun 1. the skin of certain animals, such as sheep, treated to form […]