Pronunciation: (skôrch),[key] —v.t. 1. to affect the color, taste, etc., of by burning slightly: The collar of the shirt was yellow where the iron had scorched it. 2. to parch or shrivel with heat: The sun scorched the grass. 3. to criticize severely.
4. Mach.burn1 (def. 23).
5. to destroy (crops, towns, etc.) by or as if by fire in the path of an invading army's advance.
—v.i. 1. to become scorched: Milk scorches easily. 2. Informal.to travel or drive at high speed: The car scorched along the highway.