scorch

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Old Norse skorpna (to shrivel up)[1].

Noun[edit]

scorch (plural scorches)

  1. A slight or surface burn.
  2. A discolouration caused by heat.
  3. Brown discoloration on the leaves of plants caused by heat, lack of water or by fungi.

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Verb[edit]

scorch (third-person singular simple present scorches, present participle scorching, simple past and past participle scorched)

  1. (transitive) To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it
  2. (transitive) To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy
    • Prior
      Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
  3. (intransitive) To become scorched or singed
  4. (intransitive) To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground)
  5. To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
    • Bible, Revelations xvi. 8
      Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
    • Dryden
      the fire that scorches me to death

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References[edit]

  1. ^ scorch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).