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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 (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

Origin and Etymology of scorch

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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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

15th Century

First Known Use of scorch

15th century


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scorch

transitive verb

Definition of scorch

dial British

  1. :  cut, slash

Origin and Etymology of scorch

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


First Known Use: 14th century



SCORCH Defined for English Language Learners


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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

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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