scorch

verb (1)
\ ˈskȯrch How to pronounce scorch (audio) \
scorched; scorching; scorches

Definition of scorch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to burn a surface of so as to change its color and texture
2a : 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 (something, such 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

noun

Definition of scorch (Entry 2 of 3)

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

scorch

verb (2)
scorched; scorching; scorches

Definition of scorch (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

dialectal British
: cut, slash

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Verb (1)

scorchingly \ ˈskȯr-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce scorch (audio) \ adverb

Examples of scorch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roast, basting every 30 minutes and adding more water to pan if vegetables begin to scorch, until an instant-read thermometer reaches 165°F when inserted into thickest part of thigh, 2 to 3 hours. Travis And Ryan Croxton, Country Living, 12 Oct. 2021 Weather might scorch or shrivel even the most dependable berry patch. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 But as wildfires scorch everywhere from Oregon to Siberia and floods uproot populations from Belgium to China, there is no alternative to global decarbonization. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 As hot temperatures scorch places across the country, your face mask could start to feel like your own personal sauna. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 Red flag warnings are persisting across parts of the West as dozens of large wildfires continue to scorch through homes and dry earth. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2021 Thousands of firefighters across 12 states are battling wildfires that have burned a total of more than 850,000 acres as extreme heat waves continue to scorch the West, officials said Tuesday. NBC News, 12 July 2021 Another heat wave is set to scorch the Southwest this weekend, raising wildfire concerns. Aj Willingham, CNN, 9 July 2021 The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday to more than 150,000 acres as extreme heatwaves and wildfires continued to scorch the West. NBC News, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wind levels offered little reprieve, nary a breeze to offset the scorch of a heat index near 110 degrees. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 The fire did not extend to any other apartments, Clark said, although deep black scorch marks scarred the facade two stories above the corner unit that burned Tuesday, damaging windows above the home. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Fires suspected to be started by faulty electrical wiring scorch homes in Milwaukee’s poorest ZIP code at five times the rate of the rest of the city. jsonline.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Foliage scorch describes conifer needles or hardwood leaves that were damaged by a sudden increase in temperature after the leaves began developing in cool weather. oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Cold enough for you … ? … asked no one living in our scorch-and-sizzle places. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 And dozens of rare sea turtles washed up on Sri Lanka's beaches, some with what appeared to be scorch marks on their shells. Helen Regan And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 24 July 2021 All of them are guaranteed to slide you into a cool comfort zone that soothes the scorch of the hottest days. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 July 2021 In sparsely populated Hudspeth County east of El Paso, anchored by the the town of Sierra Blanca, officials have recovered the bodies of nine migrants since January, meeting the annual average toll even before the summer scorch begins in earnest. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 26 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weather might scorch or shrivel even the most dependable berry patch. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 But as wildfires scorch everywhere from Oregon to Siberia and floods uproot populations from Belgium to China, there is no alternative to global decarbonization. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 There isn’t much time—maybe 20 minutes before the dozen warheads come crashing back down to earth and scorch everything for miles around. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Red flag warnings are persisting across parts of the West as dozens of large wildfires continue to scorch through homes and dry earth. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2021 As hot temperatures scorch places across the country, your face mask could start to feel like your own personal sauna. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 Thousands of firefighters across 12 states are battling wildfires that have burned a total of more than 850,000 acres as extreme heat waves continue to scorch the West, officials said Tuesday. NBC News, 12 July 2021 Searing heat continues to scorch the western U.S., with Las Vegas tying its highest temperature ever and downtown Sacramento, California, setting a new second-highest mark on Saturday and relief at least a day away. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, 11 July 2021 Another blistering, brutal heat wave is forecast to scorch much of the western US this weekend, meteorologists say. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of scorch

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scorch

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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The first known use of scorch was in the 14th century

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26 Oct 2021

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“Scorch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorch. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for scorch

scorch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scorch

: a damaged area or mark that is caused by burning

scorch

verb
\ ˈskȯrch How to pronounce scorch (audio) \
scorched; scorching

Kids Definition of scorch

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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