scorch

[ US /ˈskɔɹtʃ/ ]
[ UK /skˈɔːt‍ʃ/ ]
NOUN
  1. a surface burn
  2. a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues
  3. a discoloration caused by heat
VERB
  1. destroy completely by or as if by fire
    The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes
    the invaders scorched the land
  2. become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
    The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun
  3. become superficially burned
    my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames
  4. burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
    the flames scorched the ceiling
    The cook blackened the chicken breast
    The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece
  5. make very hot and dry
    The heat scorched the countryside
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How To Use scorch In A Sentence

  • Not so much a summer scorcher, then, but a hot ticket that remains boisterously good fun for the undemanding multiplex-goers.
  • They are then strung from trees and dangle in the scorching sun. Times, Sunday Times
  • The scorching has been caused by frost. Times, Sunday Times
  • This ought to have been fine - if Phaethon had not been like a rock-star's child with a new red Ferrari, scorching off the track, shrivelling crops, turning forest to desert, doubtless melting ice-caps if the Greeks had known about ice-caps, and only stopping when Zeus called a halt with a well-aimed world-saving thunderbolt. Peter Stothard - Times Online - WBLG:
  • To the east the cordillera was scorched and spent, rubbled by decades of desperate agriculture.
  • Under the sands and scorching sun of Arabia. Times, Sunday Times
  • For example, warring factions often induce drought and famine through the use of scorched-earth tactics.
  • If the weather turns dry raise the height of cut to prevent browning and scorching of the grass.
  • Not only was Sheryl one of the fastest women beach sprinters ever to scorch the nation's sands, she was also a title-winning paddler on the Malibu board and surf ski.
  • The scorched surface should be covered with this liniment and then with a layer of borated gauze or absorbent cotton, to protect from the air. Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
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