Scorch

Definition of Scorch

Pronunciation: skôrch
v. t.1.To burn superficially; to parch, or shrivel, the surface of, by heat; to subject to so much heat as changes color and texture without consuming; as, to scorch linen.
[imp. & p. p. Scorched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scorching.]
Summer drouth or singèd air
Never scorch thy tresses fair.
- Milton.
2.To affect painfully with heat, or as with heat; to dry up with heat; to affect as by heat.
Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
- Prior.
3.To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
- Rev. xvi. 8.
The fire that scorches me to death.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up.
Scatter a little mungy straw or fern amongst your seedlings, to prevent the roots from scorching.
- Mortimer.
2.To burn or be burnt.
He laid his long forefinger on the scarlet letter, which forthwith seemed to scorch into Hester's breast, as if it had been red hot.
- Hawthorne.
3.To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; - applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [Colloq.]

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