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Torrid Zone

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Torrid Zone

(Physical Geography) rare that part of the earth's surface lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
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Tor′rid Zone`

the part of the earth between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, characterized by a climate that is hot year-round.
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Tor·rid Zone

The zone of the Earth of central latitude, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
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Noun1.Torrid Zone - the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of CapricornTorrid Zone - the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
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What the ancients imagined of the torrid zone being uninhabitable is so far from being true, that this climate is very temperate: the heats, indeed, are excessive in Congo and Monomotapa, but in Abyssinia they enjoy a perpetual spring, more delicious and charming than that in our country.
These defensive weapons were accompanied by pickaxes, crowbars, saws, and other useful implements, not to mention clothing adapted to every temperature, from that of polar regions to that of the torrid zone.
Lower California, in length about seven hundred miles, forms a great peninsula, which crosses the tropics and terminates in the torrid zone. It is separated from the mainland by the Gulf of California, sometimes called the Vermilion Sea; into this gulf empties the Colorado of the West, the Seeds-ke-dee, or Green River, as it is also sometimes called.
I lie in a shady place like this and think of adventurous spirits going to the North Pole or penetrating to the heart of the Torrid Zone with admiration.
Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signor Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahi, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.--But these are monsters of one day, and to-morrow will be dismissed to their holes and dens; for in these rooms every chair is waited for.
That this power exists in any regions and for any classes is the result of Fog; which prevails during the greater part of the year in all parts save the torrid zones. That which is with you in Spaceland an unmixed evil, blotting out the landscape, depressing the spirits, and enfeebling the health, is by us recognized as a blessing scarcely inferior to air itself, and as the Nurse of arts and Parent of sciences.
The rat and mouse cannot be considered as domestic animals, but they have been transported by man to many parts of the world, and now have a far wider range than any other rodent, living free under the cold climate of Faroe in the north and of the Falklands in the south, and on many islands in the torrid zones. Hence I am inclined to look at adaptation to any special climate as a quality readily grafted on an innate wide flexibility of constitution, which is common to most animals.
The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century
Aled mentioned the record levels of rainfall in Asia and America, but here in the UK we experienced a record high temperature over the August Bank Holiday, indeed southern Europe recently suffered extraordinary high temperatures, which suggests that the northern boundary of the Torrid Zone (Tropic of Cancer) is expanding, at least in its climatic nature.
But tastes will definitely remain in the culinary torrid zone.
He feels at every step, that he is not on the confines, but in the centre of the torrid zone....
Reading a book recently - Tales from the Torrid Zone, by Alexander Frater - I came across a section where the author visited the works of Whitechapel Bell Foundry in Whitechapel Road, London, to discuss the making of a suitable bell for a Baptist church on one of the South Sea islands.