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1 [with object] burn the surface of (something) with flame or heat:surrounding houses were scorched by heat from the blast [no object] become burned when exposed to heat or a flame:the meat had scorched
(often as adjective scorched
) (of the heat of the sun) cause (vegetation or a place) to become dried out and lifeless:a desolate, scorched landscape
2 [no object] informal (of a person or vehicle) move very fast:a sports car scorching along the expressway
the burning or charring of the surface of something: [as modifier]:a scorch mark Botany a form of plant necrosis, typically of fungal origin, marked by browning of leaf margins.