Scorch Scorch, v. i. 1. To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up. [1913 Webster]

Scatter a little mungy straw or fern amongst your seedlings, to prevent the roots from scorching. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

2. To burn or be burnt. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; -- applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [Colloq.] -- {Scorch"er}, n. [Colloq.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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