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char Explained

char at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


char at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1679, back-formation of charcoal (q.v.). ///

char at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v past tense and past participle charred present participle charring // [Date: 1600-1700; Origin: charcoal]//
1 [I and T] to burn something so that its outside becomes black: --Roast the peppers until the skin begins to char and blister.// charred//
2 [I] BrE old-fashioned to work as a cleaner in a house, office, public building etc:
char 2 n
1 [C] BrE old-fashioned a charwoman:
2 [U] BrE old-fashioned tea: --a cup of char//

CHAR at English => English (acronym) Of Explained:


char at French => English Of Explained:


char at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of several freshwater food and game fishes (genus Salvelinus) of the salmon family, distinguished from the similar trout by light, rather than black, spots; by a boat-shaped, rather than flat, vomer (bone) on the roof of the mouth; and by having teeth on the front of the vomer rather than on the shaft. Char often have smaller scales than their relatives. The Arctic char, of N. America and Europe, inhabits the Arctic and adjacent oceans and enters rivers and lakes to breed. It may weigh 15 lbs (7 kg) or more. The brook trout, Dolly Varden trout, and lake trout are native N. Amer. char.

char at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "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

char at French => English Of Explained:

ending, parrying, repulsingAbwehrstoff [

char at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb, noun
verb (-rr-)
1 [V, VN] to become black by burning; to make sth black by burning it
see also CHARRED
2 [V] (old-fashioned, BrE) to work as a cleaner in a house:
She went out charring in the mornings.
noun (old-fashioned, BrE)
2 [U] (informal) tea:
a cup of char

Char at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Char \Char\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charred}; 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.

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

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.
[Written also {chare}.] [Eng.]

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

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

char at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 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
[also: {charring}, {charred}]

v 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}]

char at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Char


Etymology 1

From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » cherre||odd job|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » cierr|ċierr|a turn, change, time, occasion, affair, business|lang=ang, from Inter: term » cierran|ċierran|to turn, change, turn oneself, go, come, proceed, turn back, return, regard, translate, persuade, convert, be converted, agree to, submit, make to submit, reduce|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » karzijanan||to turn|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » gers-||to bend, turn|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » keer||a time, turn, occasion|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » Kehre||a turn, bight, bend|lang=de, Inter: etyl » el|- Inter: term » γύρος||a bout, whirl, Inter: term » gyre. Compare Sanskrit "char" (to do), "kri" (to do), "kar" (to perform), and Persian Inter: fa-Arab » کار (kar, work). More at chore, ajar.

Alternative forms

* chare


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /tʃɑː/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /tʃɑɹ/|tʃɑɹ|tʃɑ˞
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(ɹ)


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: obsolet » e A time; a turn or occasion.
    1. Inter: obsolet » e A turn of work; a labour or item of business.
    2. An odd job, a chore or piece of housework.
    3. A charlady, a woman employed to do housework; cleaning lady.
    4. : “I had to scrub the kitchen today, because the char couldn’t come”
      * charlady

  • charwoman
  • cleaning lady
  • cleaning woman
    Inter: trans-top » cleaning lady
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|чистачка|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|taloudenhoitaja
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Putzfrau|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|παραδουλεύτρα|f|tr=paraduleftra, Inter: t+ » el|καθαρίστρια|f|tr=katharistria
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|уборщица|f|tr=ubórščitsa

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » chars|charring|charred
  • Inter: obsolet » e To turn, especially away or aside.
    1. To work, especially to do housework.
    2. 1893, She explained that she was the commissionaire's wife, who did the charing, and I gave her the order for the coffee. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’ (Norton 2005, p.677)
    3. 1897, Category: w - :W. Somerset Maugham|W.S. Maugham, Category: s - :Liza of Lambeth|Lisa of Lambeth, chapter 2
    4. : Her husband had been a soldier, and from a grateful country she received a pension large enough to keep her from starvation, and by charring and doing such odd jobs as she could get she earned a little extra to supply herself with liquor.

      Etymology 2

      Origin unknown, perhaps from Celtic.

      Alternative forms

      * charr


      * Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /tʃɑː/

  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /tʃɑɹ/|tʃɑɹ|tʃɑ˞
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(ɹ)


    Inter: en-noun » pl2=char

  • One of the several species of fishes of the genus Salvelinus or the brook trout. Scientific name: Salvelinus fontinalis.
    1. : “Among other native delicacies, they give you fresh char.”
      Inter: trans-top » fish

  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|puronieriä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|omble|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Saibling|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|ручьевая форель|f|sc=Cyrl|tr=ručjevája forél', Inter: t+ » ru|форель|f|sc=Cyrl|tr=forél', Inter: t+ » ru|пеструшка|f|sc=Cyrl|tr=pestrúška
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|röding|c

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 3

    Inter: back-form » charcoal


    * Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /tʃɑː/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /tʃɑɹ/|tʃɑɹ|tʃɑ˞
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(ɹ)


    Inter: en-verb » char|r|ed

  • Inter: ergativ » e To burn something to charcoal.
    1. To burn slightly or superficially so as to affect colour.
      * coal

  • blacken, scorch, sear, singe
    Inter: trans-top » to burn something to charcoal
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|овъглявам
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|hiiltää
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|carboniser, Inter: t+ » fr|calciner

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t- » de|ankohlen, Inter: t- » de|verkohlen
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|καρβουνιάζω||tr=karvouniázo
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|обугливать|sc=Cyrl|tr=obúglivat', Inter: t+ » ru|обуглить|sc=Cyrl|tr=obúglit'

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to burn slightly
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|обгарям
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|hiillyttää, Inter: t+ » fi|ruskistaa

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|ansengen, Inter: t- » de|versengen
  • Russian: чернить, коптить, обжигать, опалять

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-noun » pl2=char
  • A charred substance.
    * charcoal
    Inter: trans-top » a charred substance
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|puuhiili, Inter: t+ » fi|hiili
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Kohle|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: άνθρακας (anthrakas) {{m}}, κάρβουνο (karvuno) {{n}}
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|уголь|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 4

    Abbreviation of character.


    * Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /tʃɑː/ or Inter: IPA » /kɛə/ or Inter: IPA » /kɑː/
    • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /tʃɑɹ/|tʃɑɹ|tʃɑ˞ or Inter: IPA » /kɛɹ/ or Inter: IPA » /kɑɹ/
    • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(ɹ)


      Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: computing » programming A character (text element such as a letter or symbol), whose data size is commonly one or several bytes.
    1. Java programming language tutorial []
    2. 1975, Computerworld - 23 avr. 1975 - Page 21
    3. : The unit is an 80-column, 30 char. /sec dot matrix printer which uses a 5 by 7 font.
    4. : A Unicode code unit is a 16-bit char value. For example, imagine a String that contains the letters "abc" followed by the Deseret LONG I, which is represented with two char values. That string contains four characters, four code points, but five code units.
    5. 1997, Cay S Horstmann, Gary Cornell, Core Java 1.1: Fundamentals
    6. : Chars can be considered as integers if need be without an explicit cast.
    7. 1998, John R Hubbard, Schaums Outline of Theory and Problems of Fundamentals of Computing with C++''
    8. : Then since each char occupies one byte, these four bytes represent the three letters 'B', 'y', 'e', and the null character NUL.
    9. 2000, Ken Brownsey, The essence of data structures using C++
    10. : Thus string variables are pointer variables to chars.
    11. 2002, Nell B. Dale, Michael McMillan, Visual Basic .NET: a laboratory course - Page 25
    12. : .NET uses the Unicode character set in which each char constant or variable takes up two bytes (16 bits) of storage.
      Derived terms
      * signed char

  • unsigned char
    Related terms
    * byte
  • double
  • float
  • int
  • long
  • short

    Etymology 5

    From Mandarin Inter: term » chah or Inter: term » cha, with intrusive r.


    Inter: en-noun » -

  • Inter: UK » Commonwealth tea Inter: qualifier » drink


    * arch, arch., Rach, rach

  • Category: Category:English nouns with irregular plurals -
    Category: Category:English terms with multiple etymologies -
    Category: Category:en:Fish -



    Inter: etyl » la|xno Inter: term » caro|carō|lang=la


    Inter: xno-noun » f
  • flesh

  • Esperanto


    Inter: head » eo|conjunction
  • Inter: spelling of » H-system|ĉar|lang=eo

  • French


    From Inter: etyl » fro|fr, from Inter: etyl » la|fr Inter: term » carrus, a loan from Inter: etyl » xtg|fr.


    * Inter: IPA » /ʃaʁ/|lang=fr
    • Inter: audio » Fr-char.ogg|Audio


      Inter: fr-noun » m

  • chariot
    1. Inter: military » lang=fr tank
    2. Inter: Quebec » lang=fr car, auto


      * Inter: sense » car Inter: l » fr|voiture



    Inter: suffix » cha|r|lang=ga


    * Inter: IPA » lang=ga|xaɾˠ


    Inter: head » ga|particle|negative Inter: qualifier » triggers Category: Appendix - :Irish mutations#Lenition|lenition of the following verb
  • not
    1. : Inter: usex » Char dhún mé é. |t=I did not close it. |lang=ga|inline=1
    2. : Inter: usex » Char chuala mé é. |t=I did not hear it. |lang=ga|inline=1

      Usage notes

      Used only in some varieties of Category: w - :Ulster Irish|Ulster Irish. Used only with the past tense of regular verbs and some irregular verbs.

      Related terms

      * Inter: l » ga|cha Inter: qualifier » used before other tenses


      * Inter: l » ga|níor Inter: qualifier » used in Munster Irish, Connacht Irish, and some varieties of Ulster Irish

    Middle French


    Inter: frm-noun » f
  • flesh

  • Old French

    Alternative forms

    * Inter: l » fro|car
    • Inter: l » fr|carn Inter: qualifier » early Old French
    • Inter: l » fro|charn Inter: qualifier » early Old French


      From earlier Inter: term » charn|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la|fro Inter: term » caro|carō|lang=la, carnem.


      * Inter: IPA » /tʃar/|lang=fro
    • Inter: rhymes » ar|lang=fro


      Inter: fro-noun » m

  • Inter: anatomy » lang=fro flesh
    1. Inter: quote-book » year=12th Century|title=Category: s:fr - :Raoul de Cambrai/Raoul de Cambrai|Raoul de Cambrai|author=Unknown|passage=Desor l'espaule li fist la char trenchier|translation=under his should, he cut into his flesh


      * French: Inter: l » fr|chair



    Inter: rom-noun » char|f||a
  • grass
    1. field

    Category: Category:rom:Plants -



    From Inter: etyl » la|rm Inter: term » carus|cārus|lang=la.


    Inter: rm-ad » j
  • dear

  • Translation: ar » char
    Translation: de » char
    Translation: et » char
    Translation: el » char
    Translation: fa » char
    Translation: fr » char
    Translation: ko » char
    Translation: io » char
    Translation: id » char
    Translation: it » char
    Translation: kn » char
    Translation: hu » char
    Translation: mg » char
    Translation: my » char
    Translation: fj » char
    Translation: nl » char
    Translation: pl » char
    Translation: pt » char
    Translation: ru » char
    Translation: fi » char
    Translation: sv » char
    Translation: ta » char
    Translation: te » char
    Translation: vi » char
    Translation: zh » char

    Char at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » char


    Proper noun

    Inter: en-proper nou » n
  • A nickname for Charlotte

  • Translation: de » Char
    Translation: id » Char
    Translation: ru » Char