- 1 [with object] Burn the surface of (something) with flame or heat: surrounding houses were scorched by heat from the blastMore example sentences
- I could feel the heat surrounding me, burning me, scorching my skin, causing me to cry out wordlessly in pain.
- Closely following it was a blast of heat which scorched clothes, ignited buildings and set even the individual blades of grass on fire.
- The bright suns rays touched her sneakers, scorching them with fiery heat.
- 1.1 [no object] Become burned when exposed to heat or a flame: the meat had scorchedMore example sentences
- And then my lips, my tongue, were burning, scorching, stinging from the heat.
- I dropped my sword in panic because I thought that my hands would scorch in the flames.
- Stir occasionally for even heating and to prevent scorching.
- 1.2 (often as adjective scorched) (Of the heat of the sun) cause (vegetation or a place) to become dried out and lifeless: a desolate, scorched landscapeMore example sentences
- I live in an area that was scorched by drought for several years.
- The countryside had been scorched; the acacia hedges were tipped with orange.
- In winter much of it is under snow; in spring grass appears, which is scorched dry and swept by the dust storms of summer.
- 2 [no object] • informal (Of a person or vehicle) move very fast: a sports car scorching along the expresswayMore example sentences
- The Glasgow speedster has fallen from grace almost as fast as the winger scorches down the sidelines.
- This inoffensive-looking car can scorch along at impressive figures, and, as it is based on a chassis with a decent set of dimensions, it has real space for adults in the back.
- He scorched out of traps to set a blistering pace.
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- 1The burning or charring of the surface of something: [as modifier]: a scorch markMore example sentences
- Huge black scorch marks marred the surface that would have normally been a shiny metal.
- Is that what this scorch mark is all about then?
- There were no scorch marks, no soiling of any sort.
- 1.1 Botany A form of plant necrosis, typically of fungal origin, marked by browning of leaf margins.More example sentences
- Severe scorch can result in premature leaf or needle loss.
- And here's another tip: Cover the lower trunk sections in tree-wrap paper or burlap strips to ward off animals, sun scorch and errant weedwacker wires.
- There is now a noticeable yellow patch developing and the bushes show signs of leaf scorch.
Middle English (as a verb): perhaps related to Old Norse skorpna 'be shriveled'.