"charring" in the verb sense
1. char, coal
burn to charcoal
"Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything"
2. char, blacken, sear, scorch
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"
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