1 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
1 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] [also: charring, charred]
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)
Etymology 1cherre (odd job) < ċierr (turn, occasion). Cognate with Sanskrit "char" (to do), "kri" (to do), "kar" (to perform), and Persian (kar, work).
Etymology 2Origin unknown, perhaps from Celtic.
Etymology 3back-form charcoal
to burn something to charcoal
- Finnish: hiiltää
- German: ankohlen, verkohlen
- Greek: καρβουνιάζω
- Russian: обугливать
to burn slightly
- A charred substance
a charred substance
Usage notesUsed only in some varieties of Ulster Irish. Used only with the past tense of regular verbs and some irregular verbs. Triggers lenition of the following verb.
Char is the solid material that remains after light gases (e.g. coal gas) and tar (e.g. coal 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 water gas shift reaction reaches equilibrium.
Char may refer to:
- Salvelinus, a genus of fish; see also Arctic char
- Character (computing), a data type in many programming languages that is often referred to by its keyword "char"
- a floodplain sediment island in the Ganges Delta
- a common slang term for tea throughout British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Char (StarCraft), a planet in the StarCraft universe
- a card from the game Magic: The Gathering
- the number 4 in Hindi
- Charmander or Chimchar; Pokemon characters
- Any French tank (from char d'assaut), but more specifically one with a short designation such as:
char in German: Char
char in French: Char
char in Dutch: Char
blaze, blister, brand, burn, burn in, burn off, cast, cauterize, chare, charwoman, chore, cleaner, cleaner-off, cleaner-up, cleaning lady, cleaning man, cleaning woman, coal, crack, cupel, custodian, do chars, do the chores, flame, found, janitor, janitress, labor, oxidate, oxidize, parch, pyrolyze, scorch, sear, singe, solder, swinge, torrefy, turn a hand, vesicate, vulcanize, weld, work