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 for scorch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scorch \Scorch\, v. i.
     1. To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up.
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              Scatter a little mungy straw or fern amongst your
              seedlings, to prevent the roots from scorching.
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     2. To burn or be burnt.
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              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.
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     3. To ride or drive at great, usually at excessive, speed; --
        applied chiefly to automobilists and bicyclists. [Colloq.]
        -- Scorch"er, n. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scorch \Scorch\ (sk[^o]rch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scorched; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Scorching.] [OE. scorchen, probably akin to
     scorcnen; cf. Norw. skrokken shrunk up, skrekka, skr["o]kka,
     to shrink, to become wrinkled up, dial. Sw. skr[*a]kkla to
     wrinkle (see Shrug); but perhaps influenced by OF.
     escorchier to strip the bark from, to flay, to skin, F.
     ['e]corcher, LL. excorticare; L. ex from + cortex, -icis,
     bark (cf. Cork); because the skin falls off when scorched.]
     1. To burn superficially; to parch, or shrivel, the surface
        of, by heat; to subject to so much heat as changes color
        and texture without consuming; as, to scorch linen.
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              Summer drouth or sing[`e]d air
              Never scorch thy tresses fair.        --Milton.
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     2. To affect painfully with heat, or as with heat; to dry up
        with heat; to affect as by heat.
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              Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
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     3. To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
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              Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
                                                    --Rev. xvi. 8.
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              The fire that scorches me to death.   --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a surface burn [syn: scorch, singe]
      2: a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched
         appearance of plant tissues
      3: a discoloration caused by heat
      v 1: make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"
           [syn: sear, scorch]
      2: become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent
         over the flames" [syn: scorch, sear, singe]
      3: destroy completely by or as if by fire; "The wildfire
         scorched the forest and several homes"; "the invaders
         scorched the land"
      4: burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The
         cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the
         ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the
         ceiling" [syn: char, blacken, sear, scorch]
      5: become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry
         conditions; "The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  224 Moby Thesaurus words for "scorch":
     abrade, abrasion, air-dry, anhydrate, assail, attack, attaint,
     bake, ball the jack, bark, barrel, be in heat, bedaub, besmear,
     besmirch, besmoke, bestain, blacken, blaze, blemish, blister,
     bloody, bloom, blot, blur, boil, boom, bowl along, brand, break,
     breeze, breeze along, broil, brush, burn, burn in, burn off, cast,
     castigate, cauterize, chafe, char, check, chip, choke, claw, clip,
     coal, combust, concussion, cook, crack, crackle, craze, cupel,
     cure, cut, cut along, darken, daub, dehumidify, dehydrate,
     desiccate, dirty, discolor, drain, dry, evaporate, excoriate,
     exsiccate, fire, flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flash burn,
     flay, fleet, flicker, flit, flush, fly, fly low, foot, found,
     fracture, fray, frazzle, fret, fry, fustigate, gall, gash, gasp,
     glow, go fast, highball, hurt, incandesce, incise, incision,
     injure, injury, insolate, kiln, lacerate, laceration, lash, lesion,
     maim, make knots, make mincemeat of, mark, mat burn, maul, melt,
     mortal wound, mummify, mutilate, mutilation, nip,
     outstrip the wind, oxidate, oxidize, pant, parch, pierce, plot,
     pour it on, puncture, pyrolyze, radiate heat, rend, rent, rip,
     roast, rub, run, rupture, savage, scald, scarify, scathe, scotch,
     scourge, scrape, scratch, scuff, sear, second-degree burn, seethe,
     shimmer with heat, shrivel, simmer, singe, sizzle, skim, skin,
     skin alive, slash, slit, slubber, slur, smear, smirch, smoke,
     smolder, smother, soak up, soil, solder, sore, spark, speed,
     sponge, sprain, stab, stab wound, stain, steam, stew, stick,
     stifle, stigmatize, storm along, strain, suffocate, sun, sun-dry,
     sunburn, sunscald, swab, sweat, sweep, swelter, swinge, taint,
     tarnish, tear, tear along, third-degree burn, thunder along, toast,
     torrefy, towel, trauma, traumatize, trounce, vesicate, vulcanize,
     weazen, weld, whisk, whiz, windburn, wipe, wither, wizen, wound,
     wounds immedicable, wrench, zing, zip, zoom

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