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    came searing round the dark shadow

    As he watched, a thousand horribly beweaponed Zirzla robot starcruisers
    came searing round the dark shadow of a moon, silhouetted against the
    blinding disc of the star Xaxis, and the ship simultaneously unleashed a
    vicious blaze of hideously incomprehensible forces from all its orifices
    against them.

    (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams)

    What is "searing" supposed to mean here?

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    Re: came searing round the dark shadow

    Presumably it means that they came round at a very high speed, sufficiently high (if there were air friction in space) to generate enormous heat.

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