scorch


scorch
scorch1 [sko:tʃ US sko:rtʃ] v
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language]
1.) [I and T]
if you scorch something, or if it scorches, its surface burns slightly and changes colour
The walls had been blackened and scorched by fire.
2.) [T]
if strong heat or wind scorches plants, it dries and damages them
Direct sunlight will scorch the plant's leaves.
3.) [T]
if strong heat scorches you, it burns you
The hot sand scorched our feet.
4.) [I always + adverb/preposition] BrE informal to travel extremely fast
scorch along/down/across etc
He scorched out of the gate, almost crashing his new sports car.
>scorched adj
scorch 2
scorch2 n
1.)
a mark made on something where its surface has been burnt
There were scorch marks on the kitchen worktop where a hot pan had been placed.
2.) [U]
brown colouring on plants caused by some plant diseases

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