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Meaning of SCORCH

Pronunciation:  skorch

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    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.
    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.