scorch


scorch
scorch [skôrch]
vt.
[ME scorchen < ? Scand, as in ON scorpna, to shrivel (< IE * (s)kerb(h)-: see SHARP): sp. prob. infl. by OFr escorcher, to flay]
1.
a) to char, discolor, or damage the surface of by superficial burning
b) to parch, shrivel, or spoil by too intense heat; wither
2. to make a caustic attack on; assail scathingly; excoriate
3. to burn and destroy everything in (an area) before yielding it to the enemy [a scorched-earth policy]
vi.
1. to become scorched
2. [Old Slang] to ride or drive at high speed
n.
1. a superficial burning or burn
2. the browning and death of plant leaves or fruits, caused by too much heat, by fungi, etc.
SYN.- BURN1

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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