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Meaning of SCORCH

Pronunciation:  skorch

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a discoloration caused by heat
  2. [n]  a surface burn
  3. [v]  cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth"
  4. [v]  make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"
  5. [v]  burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling"
  6. [v]  destroy completely by or as if by fire; "The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes"
  7. [v]  become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"
  8. [v]  censor and criticize sharply and harshly; "scorching remarks"
 

SCORCH is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: blacken, char, parch, sear, singe
 
 See Also: burn, burn, burn down, combust, criticise, criticize, discoloration, discolouration, dry, dry out, fire, heat, heat up, pick apart, singe, sizzle, stain, swinge

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Scorch\, v. i.
    To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; --
    applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [Colloq.] --
    {Scorch"er}, n. [Colloq.]
    
    
    
    
  2. \Scorch\ (sk[^o]rch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scorched}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Scorching}.] [OE. scorchen, probably akin to
    scorcnen; cf. Norw. skrokken shrunk up, skrekka, skr["o]kka,
    to shrink, to become wrinkled up, dial. Sw. skr[*a]kkla to
    wrinkle (see {Shrug}); but perhaps influenced by OF.
    escorchier to strip the bark from, to flay, to skin, F.
    ['e]corcher, LL. excorticare; L. ex from + cortex, -icis,
    bark (cf. {Cork}); because the skin falls off when scorched.]
    1. To burn superficially; to parch, or shrivel, the surface
       of, by heat; to subject to so much heat as changes color
       and texture without consuming; as, to scorch linen.
    
             Summer drouth or sing[`e]d air Never scorch thy
             tresses fair.                         --Milton.
    
    2. To affect painfully with heat, or as with heat; to dry up
       with heat; to affect as by heat.
    
             Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
                                                   --Prior.
    
    3. To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
    
             Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
                                                   --Rev. xvi. 8.
    
             The fire that scorches me to death.   --Dryden.
    
    
  3. \Scorch\, v. i.
    1. To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up.
    
             Scatter a little mungy straw or fern amongst your
             seedlings, to prevent the roots from scorching.
                                                   --Mortimer.
    
    2. To burn or be burnt.
    
             He laid his long forefinger on the scarlet letter,
             which forthwith seemed to scorch into Hester's
             breast, as if it had been red hot.    --Hawthorne.
    
    
 

 

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