scorched

adjective
\ ˈskȯrcht How to pronounce scorched (audio) \

Definition of scorched

: parched or discolored by scorching

Examples of scorched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Captain’s scorched and mottled fur looked as though it had been dipped in ashes and rolled in mud. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "The singed whiskers of the climate crisis: Rescued cub still fighting for life at Oakland Zoo," 8 Oct. 2020 Outside the buildings, tables and chairs for visitors sat empty on scorched pavilions, with the metal frames of shade umbrellas collapsed on the ground. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "2020's fire damage to Napa wineries already far exceeds 2017, and it may not be done," 29 Sep. 2020 The fire had later reached here, too, and the building was a scorched shell, with only a few pieces of gym equipment left standing. Diana Markosian, National Geographic, "Wildfires took her home. She returned on an outlaw mission to salvage a family treasure," 21 Sep. 2020 That has enabled crews, in some cases, to fly over scorched areas to evaluate the fires or use helicopters to dump giant buckets of water on the blazes. oregonlive, "Cool temps help the battle against Oregon wildfires: Sunday updates," 20 Sep. 2020 The 2020 summer has brought a string of natural disasters to the U.S., from hurricanes and tropical storms to a derecho that left wreckage from Iowa to Indiana, to fires in the West that have killed dozens of people and scorched millions of acres. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, "Slow-Moving Storm Beta Set to Drench Texas, Louisiana Coasts," 19 Sep. 2020 That created a large scorched space between the homes along Derby Road and the main fire, removing potential fuel that could feed the blaze. oregonlive, "Firefighting crew from Portland area lends a hand, helping save mobile homes in southern Oregon," 19 Sep. 2020 Neither Democrats nor Republicans have moved past the scorched-earth battle to place Justice Brett Kavanaugh, either. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death for American Democracy," 18 Sep. 2020 Taft dressed one man’s burned hands and feet, then turned to help two more patients: one with burns to the face, another with scorched arms and legs. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Siege at Station 62," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of scorched

1566, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2020

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“Scorched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorched. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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