[ adjective ] dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
"a vast desert all adust" "land lying baked in the heat" "parched soil" "the earth was scorched and bare" "sunbaked salt flats"
Used in print(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)
And the valley stretched endlessly out ahead , scorched and baked and writhing in its heat , until it vanished into the throbbing wall of fiery orange brown haze .
[ adjective ] having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy
"Sherman's scorched earth policy"
[ adjective ] damaged or discolored by superficial burning:"the scorched blouse tore easily"