Definition of Scorch

1. Noun. A surface burn.

Exact synonyms: Singe
Generic synonyms: Burn
Derivative terms: Singe



2. Verb. Make very hot and dry. "The heat scorched the countryside"
Exact synonyms: Sear
Generic synonyms: Heat, Heat Up
Specialized synonyms: Sizzle

3. Noun. A plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues.
Generic synonyms: Plant Disease
Specialized synonyms: Leaf Scorch

4. Verb. Become superficially burned. "My eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"
Exact synonyms: Sear, Singe
Generic synonyms: Burn, Combust

5. Noun. A discoloration caused by heat.
Generic synonyms: Discoloration, Discolouration, Stain

6. Verb. Destroy completely by or as if by fire. "The invaders scorched the land"
Generic synonyms: Burn, Burn Down, Fire

7. Verb. Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color. "The flames scorched the ceiling"
Exact synonyms: Blacken, Char, Sear
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Burn
Specialized synonyms: Singe, Swinge

8. Verb. Become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions. "The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun"
Generic synonyms: Dry, Dry Out

Definition of Scorch

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up.

3. v. i. To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; -- applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [Colloq.]

Definition of Scorch

1. Noun. A slight or surface burn. ¹

2. Noun. A discolouration caused by heat. ¹

3. Noun. Brown discoloration on the leaves of plants caused by heat, lack of water or by fungi. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To become scorched or singed ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scorch

1. to burn slightly so as to alter the color or taste [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Scorch

1. 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 scoch into Hester's breast, as if it had been red hot." (Hawthorne) 1. To burn superficially; to parch, or shrivel, the surface of, by heat; to subject to so much heat as changes colour and texture without consuming; as, to scorch linen. "Summer drouth or singed 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) Origin: OE. Scorchen, probably akin to scorcnen; cf. Norw. Skrokken shrunk up, skrekka, skrokka, to shrink, to become wrinkled up, dial. Sw. Skrakkla to wrinkle (see Shrug); but perhaps influenced by OF. Escorchier to strip the bark from, to flay, to skin, F. Ecorcher, LL. Excorticare; L. Ex from + cortex, -icis, bark (cf. Cork); because the skin falls off when scorched. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scorch

scopulae
scopulas
scopulate
scopuliped
scopulous
scorable
scorbic
scorbut
scorbute
scorbutic
scorbutic anaemia
scorbutical
scorbutigenic
scorbutogenic
scorbutus
scorch (current term)
scorched
scorched-earth
scorched-earth policies
scorched-earth policy
scorched earth
scorched earth policies
scorched earth policy
scorcher
scorchers
scorches
scorchest
scorcheth
scorching
scorchingly

Literary usage of Scorch

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1. Manual of Tree Diseases by William Howard Rankin (1918)
"In the case of drought-injury and sun-scorch, water is lost from the leaves in ... The sun-scorch of maple leaves has been found to follow immediately after ..."

2. Manual of Tree Diseases by William Howard Rankin (1918)
"DROUGHT-INJURY AND Sux-ScoRCH Caused by high temperatures and dry soils In ... In the case of drought-injury and sun-scorch, water is lost from the leaves ..."

3. Manual of Plant Diseases by Paul Sorauer, Gustav Lindau, Ludwig Reh, Frances Dorrance (1922)
"278*) in which the discoloration often begins in the form of spots in the angles of the veins, it should be emphasized here that the leaf scorch, ..."

4. A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John, the Divine by Thomas Whittemore (1858)
"out his vial upon the sun ; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed are unsearchable ..."

5. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1904)
"... with fair Your ruff must stand in print, and for lung bandies, Test they scorch your hand. ... scorch ..."

6. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1857)
"Hon. l».,O.Pl.,iii,280. that purpose get poking-sticks with fair Your ruff must stand in print, and for long handles, lest tney scorch your hand. ..."

7. History of the Viceroys of Ireland: With Notices of the Castle of Dublin and by John Thomas Gilbert (1865)
"According to a mediaeval story, he acquired the name of " scorch-villein," from having cast into a fire the leases of the tenants of the see of Dublin, ..."

8. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language (1804)
"Ay ; to keep the sun from scorch- 'i mi. If thou couldst not bear the sun- K>W dost thou think man can bear thy Those breasts inflame ..."

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