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SCORCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scorch mean? 

SCORCH (noun)
  The noun SCORCH has 3 senses:

1. a surface burn
2. a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues
3. a discoloration caused by heat

  Familiarity information: SCORCH used as a noun is uncommon.


SCORCH (verb)
  The verb SCORCH has 5 senses:

1. make very hot and dry
2. become superficially burned
3. destroy completely by or as if by fire
4. burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
5. become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions

  Familiarity information: SCORCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCORCH (noun)


Sense 1scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A surface burn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

scorch; singe

Hypernyms ("scorch" is a kind of...):

burn (an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation)


Sense 2scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("scorch" is a kind of...):

plant disease (a disease that affects plants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "scorch"):

leaf scorch (plant disease causing a burned or scorched appearance of the foliage)


Sense 3scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discoloration caused by heat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("scorch" is a kind of...):

discoloration; discolouration; stain (a soiled or discolored appearance)


SCORCH (verb)


Sense 1scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make very hot and dry

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

scorch; sear

Context example:

The heat scorched the countryside

Hypernyms (to "scorch" is one way to...):

heat; heat up (make hot or hotter)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scorch"):

sizzle (burn or sear with a sizzling sound)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become superficially burned

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

scorch; sear; singe

Context example:

my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames

Hypernyms (to "scorch" is one way to...):

burn; combust (undergo combustion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy completely by or as if by fire

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes / the invaders scorched the land

Hypernyms (to "scorch" is one way to...):

burn; burn down; fire (destroy by fire)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

char; blacken; sear; scorch

Context examples:

The cook blackened the chicken breast / The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece / the flames scorched the ceiling

Hypernyms (to "scorch" is one way to...):

burn (burn with heat, fire, or radiation)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scorch"):

singe; swinge (burn superficially or lightly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5scorch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun

Hypernyms (to "scorch" is one way to...):

dry; dry out (become dry or drier)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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