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1scorch

verb \ˈskrch\

Definition of SCORCH

transitive verb
1
:  to burn a surface of so as to change its color and texture
2
a :  to dry or shrivel with or as if with intense heat :  parch
b :  to afflict painfully with censure or sarcasm
3
:  devastate; especially :  to destroy (as property of possible use to an advancing enemy) before abandoning —used in the phrase scorched earth
intransitive verb
1
:  to become scorched
2
:  to travel at great and usually excessive speed
3
:  to cause intense heat or mental anguish <scorching sun> <scorching fury>
scorch·ing·ly \ˈskr-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of SCORCH

Middle English; probably akin to Middle English scorcnen to become singed, scorklen to parch
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SCORCH

2scorch

noun

: a damaged area or mark that is caused by burning

Full Definition of SCORCH

1
:  a result of scorching
2
:  a browning of plant tissues usually from disease or heat

First Known Use of SCORCH

15th century

3scorch

transitive verb

Definition of SCORCH

dial British
:  cut, slash

Origin of SCORCH

Middle English, perhaps blend of scoren to score and scocchen to scotch
First Known Use: 14th century
SCORCHINGLY Defined for Kids

scorch

verb \ˈskrch\
scorchedscorch·ing

Definition of SCORCH for Kids

1
:  to burn on the surface <The fire scorched the bottom of the pan.>
2
:  to dry or shrivel with or as if with intense heat <Drought scorched the crops.>
3
:  to produce intense heat <The wind had died and already the sun was beginning to scorch. — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>

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