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scorch

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verb \ˈskȯrch\

Definition of scorch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to burn a surface of so as to change its color and texture

  3. 2a :  to dry or shrivel with or as if with intense heat :  parchb :  to afflict painfully with censure or sarcasm

  4. 3 :  devastate; especially :  to destroy (something, such as property of possible use to an advancing enemy) before abandoning —used in the phrase scorched earth

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become scorched

  7. 2 :  to travel at great and usually excessive speed

  8. 3 :  to cause intense heat or mental anguish scorching sun scorching fury

scorchingly

play \ˈskȯr-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of scorch

Middle English; probably akin to Middle English scorcnen to become singed, scorklen to parch


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scorch

noun

Definition of scorch

  1. 1 :  a result of scorching

  2. 2 :  a browning of plant tissues usually from disease or heat

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First Known Use of scorch

15th century


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scorch

verb

Definition of scorch

dialectal British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  cut, slash

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Origin and Etymology of scorch

Middle English, perhaps blend of scoren to score and scocchen to scotch



SCORCH Defined for English Language Learners

scorch

noun

Definition of scorch for English Language Learners

  • : a damaged area or mark that is caused by burning


SCORCH Defined for Kids

scorch

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verb \ˈskȯrch\

Definition of scorch for Students

scorched

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scorching

  1. 1 :  to burn on the surface The fire scorched the bottom of the pan.

  2. 2 :  to dry or shrivel with or as if with intense heat Drought scorched the crops.

  3. 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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