Scorch meaning

skôrch
To dry out or wither with intense heat.

The sun scorched the plains.

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To destroy (land and buildings) by fire or military action so as to leave nothing salvageable to an enemy army.
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To subject to severe censure; excoriate.
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To become scorched or singed.
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To go or move at a very fast, often excessively fast rate.
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A slight or surface burn.
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Brown spotting on plant leaves caused by pathogens, heat, or lack of water.
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To make a caustic attack on; assail scathingly; excoriate.
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To burn and destroy everything in (an area) before yielding it to the enemy.
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To become scorched.
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To ride or drive at high speed.
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A superficial burning or burn.
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The browning and death of plant leaves or fruits, caused by too much heat, by fungi, etc.
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A slight or surface burn.
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A discolouration caused by heat.
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Brown discoloration on the leaves of plants caused by heat, lack of water or by fungi.
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To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it.
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To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy.
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(intransitive) To become scorched or singed.
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(intransitive) To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground)
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To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
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To scorch is to burn or heat until blackened or withered, or to attack fiercely.

An example of scorch is to overcook toast till it turns black.

An example of scorch is for grass to turn to straw in the sun.

An example of scorch is to reveal damaging information at a news conference about a competitor.

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Scorch is the burnt or brown part of something that has been burned or damaged.

An example of scorch is the browning you see on a lawn after a long, dry summer.

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To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of.
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Origin of scorch

  • Middle English scorchen possibly of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skorpna to shrink, be shriveled

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from Old Norse skorpna (“to shrivel up").

    From Wiktionary