Definitions for CHARtʃɑr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chartʃɑr(v.; n.)charred, char•ring

  1. (v.t.)to burn or reduce to charcoal.

  2. to burn slightly; scorch:

    The flame charred the steak.

  3. (v.i.)to become charred.

  4. (n.)a charred material or surface.

  5. charcoal.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of char:

1670–80; appar. extracted from charcoal

chartʃɑr(n.)(pl.)char; chars.

  1. any trout of the genus Salvelinus (or Cristovomer), esp. the arctic char.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of char:

1655–65; of unknown origin

char*tʃɑr(n.; v.)charred, char•ring.

  1. Category: British

    Ref: charwoman.

  2. (v.i.)to work at cleaning offices or houses.

    Category: British

* Chiefly Brit..

Origin of char:

1375–1425; late ME, OE cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, der. of cierran to turn


  1. character.

  2. charter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. char(noun)

    a charred substance

  2. charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, woman(noun)

    a human female employed to do housework

    "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"

  3. char, charr(verb)

    any of several small trout-like fish of the genus Salvelinus

  4. char, coal(verb)

    burn to charcoal

    "Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything"

  5. char, blacken, sear, scorch(verb)

    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"


  1. char(Noun)

    A charred substance

  2. char(Verb)

    To burn something to charcoal.

  3. char(Verb)

    To burn slightly or superficially so as to affect colour.

  4. char(Noun)

    A character (text element such as a letter or symbol), whose data size is commonly one or several bytes.

  5. char(Noun)

    In C language, a byte, usable to store a character in legacy encodings.

  6. char(Noun)

    tea (drink)

  7. Char(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for Charlotte

  8. char(Noun)

    Plural form of charwoman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Char(noun)

    alt. of Charr

  2. Char(noun)

    a car; a chariot

  3. Char(noun)

    work done by the day; a single job, or task; a chore

  4. Char(verb)

    alt. of Chare

  5. Char(verb)

    alt. of Chare

  6. Char(noun)

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

  7. Char(noun)

    to burn slightly or partially; as, to char wood

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. char

    Shorthand for ‘character’. Esp.: used by C programmers, as char is C's typename for character data.

Translations for CHAR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to burn or turn black by fire or heat

The wood was charred by the intense heat.

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