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v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.
2. To dry out or wither with intense heat: The sun scorched the plains.
3. To destroy (land and buildings) by fire or military action so as to leave nothing salvageable to an enemy army.
4. To subject to severe censure; excoriate.
1. To become scorched or singed.
2. To go or move at a very fast, often excessively fast rate.
1. A slight or surface burn.
2. Brown spotting on plant leaves caused by pathogens, heat, or lack of water.

[Middle English scorchen, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skorpna, to shrink, be shriveled.]

scorch′ing·ly adv.


in a scorching manner
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deliriously howled Ahab, as the malignant iron scorchingly devoured the baptismal blood.
Thus when the hall door was open, many a passer-by literally stopped to stare and gasp; for he looked down a perspective of rich apartments to something really like a transformation scene in a fairy play: purple clouds and golden suns and crimson stars that were at once scorchingly vivid and yet transparent and far away.
The script is intelligent, sharp and scorchingly funny in its early stages.
This scorchingly good thriller sees a psychologist on the trail of a serial killer targeting adulterers and subjecting them to gruesome attacks.
The scorchingly quick Mercedes AMG C63 will get to 62mph in four seconds and is electronically limited to 155mph
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And now football fans across the country have to try and get their heads round the idea of the World Cup final taking place on December 23 as playing football in the scorchingly hot summer would probably result in fatalities among players and spectators.
With hardcore elements, melodic tracks and scorchingly psychedelic overtones, Silveria and Story say that the album represents a bold new direction that will challenge the notion that "rock is dead.
After a scorchingly hot three-day holiday weekend, thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain pounded the western state ofNorth-Rhine Westphalia, causingGermany's third-largest airport in Dusseldorf to close for about an hour.
He's not an ingratiating boy next door, like Jimmy Fallon, or a scorchingly candid curmudgeon, like Letterman.
49) came in a paper cup and tasted rather bitter but wasn't scorchingly hot.