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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
char
I.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The fire had charred most of the inside of the house.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Beams of brilliant light jerked across the far wall and, slowly, the bars began to char.
▪ Car and bodies had been so badly charred that it was some time before they could be identified.
▪ Marc's body was badly charred in the fire.
▪ The gases seeped several inches into seams between segments of insulation, charring the material.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As the temperature rose, the bitumen was further cooked into a solid char containing graphite.
▪ Exit char, foaming at the mouth.
▪ Mum was a char, dad a dustman.
▪ Naturally she switched to being a char!
▪ The residue, a carbon-based char, can be used instead of activated carbon in, for instance, sewage works.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Char

Char \Char\, n. [F.] A car; a chariot. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Char

Char \Char\, n. [OE. cherr, char a turning, time, work, AS. cerr, cyrr, turn, occasion, business, fr. cerran, cyrran, to turn; akin to OS. k["e]rian, OHG. ch["e]ran, G. kehren. Cf. Chore, Ajar.] Work done by the day; a single job, or task; a chore.

When thou hast done this chare, I give thee leave To play till doomsday.
--Shak.

Char

Char \Char\, Charr \Charr\, n. [Ir. cear, Gael. ceara, lit., red, blood-colored, fr. cear blood. So named from its red belly.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the several species of fishes of the genus Salvelinus, allied to the spotted trout and salmon, inhabiting deep lakes in mountainous regions in Europe. In the United States, the brook trout ( Salvelinus fontinalis) is sometimes called a char.

Char

Char \Char\, Chare \Chare\, v. t. [See 3d Char.]

  1. To perform; to do; to finish. [Obs.]
    --Nores.

    Thet char is chared, as the good wife said when she had hanged her husband.
    --Old Proverb.

  2. To work or hew, as stone.
    --Oxf. Gloss.

Char

Char \Char\, Chare \Chare\, v. i. To work by the day, without being a regularly hired servant; to do small jobs.

Char

Char \Char\ (ch[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charred (ch[aum]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Charring.] [Prob. the same word as char to perform (see Char, n.), the modern use coming from charcoal, prop. coal-turned, turned to coal.]

  1. To reduce to coal or carbon by exposure to heat; to reduce to charcoal; to burn to a cinder.

  2. To burn slightly or partially; as, to char wood. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
char

"to reduce to charcoal," 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.

Wiktionary
char

Etymology 1 alt. 1 (context obsolete English) A time; a turn or occasion. 2 (context obsolete English) A turn of work; a labour or item of business. 3 An odd job, a chore or piece of housework. 4 A charlady, a woman employed to do housework; cleaning lady. n. 1 (context obsolete English) A time; a turn or occasion. 2 (context obsolete English) A turn of work; a labour or item of business. 3 An odd job, a chore or piece of housework. 4 A charlady, a woman employed to do housework; cleaning lady. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To turn, especially away or aside. 2 To work, especially to do housework; to work by the day, without being a regularly hired servant. 3 (context obsolete English) To perform; to do; to finish. 4 To work or hew (stone, etc.). Etymology 2

alt. One of the several species of fishes of the genus ''Salvelinus''. n. One of the several species of fishes of the genus ''Salvelinus''. Etymology 3

n. A charred substance. vb. 1 (context ergative English) To burn something to charcoal. 2 To burn slightly or superficially so as to affect colour. Etymology 4

n. (context computing programming English) A character (text element such as a letter or symbol), whose data size is commonly one or several bytes. Etymology 5

n. (context British English) tea (qualifier: drink)

WordNet
char
  1. n. a charred substance

  2. a human female who does housework; "the char will clean the carpet" [syn: charwoman, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, woman]

  3. any of several small-scaled trout

  4. [also: charring, charred]

char
  1. v. burn to charcoal; "Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything" [syn: coal]

  2. 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: blacken, scorch]

  3. [also: charring, charred]

Wikipedia
Char

Char is the solid material that remains after light gases (e.g. coal gas) and tar have been driven out or released from a carbonaceous material during the initial stage of combustion, which is known as carbonization, charring, devolatilization or pyrolysis.

Further stages of efficient combustion (with or without char deposits) are known as gasification reactions, ending quickly when the reversible gas phase of the water gas shift reaction is reached.

Char (disambiguation)

Char may refer to:

  • Char, the solid material forming during the initial stage of combustion of a carbonaceous material
  • River Char, a river in Dorset, England
  • Char (genus), a genus of fish
  • Arctic char, a cold-water fish in the Salmonidae family, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes and coastal waters
  • A [[Character (computing)#char|char]] in ANSI/ISO C is a value holding one byte (which was the size of a character in legacy encodings such as ASCII)
  • A floodplain sediment island in the Ganges Delta
  • A common slang term for tea throughout the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Community Hebrew Academy of Richmond Hill, a Jewish secondary school in Toronto
  • A charwoman, an English house cleaner, usually part-time
  • A Characteristic (algebra) of a ring in mathematics

In people:

  • Char Avell, a British singer-songwriter
  • Char Aznable, a character from the Mobile Suit Gundam series
  • Char Margolis, an American spiritualist
  • René Char, a French poet
  • The Char family of Colombia:
    • Fuad Char, Colombian senator
    • Alejandro Char Chaljub, Mayor of Barranquilla
    • Arturo Char Chaljub, Colombian Senator
    • David Char Navas, Colombian Senator
    • Sofia Daccarett Char, better known as Sofia Carson, American actress and singer

In tanks:

  • Any French tank (from char d'assaut), but more specifically one with a short designation such as:
    • Char B1, a French heavy tank manufactured before the Second World War
    • Char 2C, a super-heavy French tank developed during the First World War
    • Char D1, a pre-World War II French tank
    • Char D2, a French tank of the Interbellum
    • Char G1, a French replacement project for the Char D2 medium tank

Usage examples of "char".

Slowly my blind eyes began to focus again, and I saw that it was Akan, climbing through the flames with his charred flesh hanging in strips, his hair and lips burned away, his hands consumed to the bone.

The stable area to the right, reduced to a mass of charred timbers and jutting debris, reeked of wet ashes and the stench of rotting animal flesh.

Jamie pursed his lips, his gaze traveling slowly over the earth of the yardbut the ground was churned with footsteps, clumps of grass uprooted and the whole of the yard dusted with ash and bits of charred wood.

But the thought of turning over a blackened corpse and finding her rings on the charred fingers was still too much to bear for the moment And so he sat where he was, watching what remained of the Blackthorn steam and smolder, and waited for Investigator Topaz to wake up.

Persian soldiers, many of them already half charred from the effects of the Boeotian engines, were stripped of any usable possessions and left naked where they fell, their flesh bled or burnt dry of blood and the skin on their faces a hideous, bluish white mask.

Then her hands rose and rested on him, the tears cool on his face, congealing, the white of her clean as the silent snow that covers char and blood and breathes peace upon the world.

By the time he turned, Dinch had already fallen, a heap of writhing char and incandescent flame.

The fire beside me had sunk down, and only charred beams of timber glowing at the central ends and mixed with a grey ash of brushwood remained.

A half-score of white-coated foot flared like fatwood in a winter fire, and the line slowed, but only momentarily, before the Shining Foot surged forward once more, the second line of troops marching over the charred corpses of those who had led the charge.

Miraculously the fires had missed two or three Inns but around them was stark emptiness, ash and embers, up to the charred encircling fence and the moat beyond.

When she had her handmaids char the horsemeat black, the dragons ripped at it eagerly, their heads striking like snakes.

Iphigenia just inside it, the Bellone, Minerve, Nereide and Ceylon Indiaman far over by Port South-East, and the charred wrecks of the Sirius and Magicienne in the lagoon.

By the time the men were cleaned and ready, Amos and Harry approached carrying a charred ironbound wooden chest.

The charred briar was produced and stuffed with that broad cut Latakia mixture of which Nayland Smith consumed close upon a pound a week.

Primidon was called on, and a burning cloud like a miniature thunderhead scorched lemures and sent up a sickening stench like charred garbage.