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Noun: scorch  skorch
  1. A surface burn
    - singe
     
  2. A plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues
     
  3. A discolouration caused by heat
Verb: scorch  skorch
  1. Make very hot and dry
    "The heat scorched the countryside";
    - sear
     
  2. Subject to harsh criticism
    "your invectives scorched the community";
    - blister, scald, whip [informal]
     
  3. Become superficially burned
    "my eyebrows scorched when I bent over the flames";
    - sear, singe
     
  4. Destroy completely by or as if by fire
    "The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes"; "the invaders scorched the land"
     
  5. (cooking) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect colour
    "the flames scorched the ceiling";
    - char, blacken, sear
     
  6. Become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
    "The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun"

Derived forms: scorching, scorches, scorched

Type of: assail, assault, attack, burn, burn down, combust, discoloration, discolouration [Brit, Cdn], dry, dry out, fire, heat, heat up, lash out, plant disease, round, snipe, stain

Encyclopedia: Scorch