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  • n  a surface burn
  • n  a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues
  • n  a discoloration caused by heat
  • v  make very hot and dry
    The heat scorched the countryside
  • v  become superficially burned
  • v  destroy completely by or as if by fire
    The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes
    the invaders scorched the land
  • v  burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
    the flames scorched the ceiling
  • v  become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
    The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun

  • If the German break-through this week was as extensive as the Nazis claimed, there was only one substantial Soviet hope left: the classic scorched earth.
  • The bullet holes have been filled, the scorch marks from FRAG grenades painted over and walls repaired.
  • He has gone back to promising politics that does not scorch the earth and scar the soul.
News & Articles

  • Largest lightning fire burning on Mendocino National Forest grows
    This story has been updated. MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – Mendocino National Forest officials said Thursday that the largest of 15 lightning fires sparked by a lightning storm earlier this week has continued to scorch acreage. The Daves Fire, burning on the Mendocino National Forest’s Grindstone Ranger District, is estimated to be 300 acres and 20 percent contained, officials said ...
    June 14, 2013 - Lake County News
  • CNN Washington AM Note
    NATIONAL STORIES: CNN: Colorado fires scorch state; thousands evacuated Fast-moving wildfires lit up central Colorado, forcing thousands from their homes and scorching some 12,000 acres of brush and timber. Of the five fires burning, the most problematic was the Black Forest Fire. Tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds fueled the fire, just northeast of Colorado Springs, […]
    June 12, 2013 - CNN Political Ticker
Quotes

  • Brian Roberts in Sports Network
    We didn't exactly scorch it around the yard,Roberts said of the rally against Rivera. "I'm pretty sure Mariano's fine."
  • Mark Hamill in Los Angeles Times
    There's a palpable sense of optimism here; everybody has the project that's going to scorch the earth,Hamill said. "It's a really intoxicating atmosphere to be in."
  • Mike Dunleavy in ESPN
    David Falk was asking for $120 million. And he's trying to scorch the earth and saying, if not next year, he'll get $150 million,Dunleavy said. "Well, Mr. Sterling's response was listen, Elton's coming off an Achilles [tendon] surgery and...

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