char

1 [chahr]
verb (used with object), charred, charring.
1.
to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
2.
to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.
verb (used without object), charred, charring.
3.
to become charred.
noun
4.
a charred material or surface.
6.
a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.

Origin:
1670–80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark


2. singe, sear.
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char

2 [chahr]
noun, plural (especially collectively) char (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) chars.
any trout of the genus Salvelinus (or Cristovomer ), especially the Arctic char.

Origin:
1655–65; perhaps Old English *ceorra literally, turner, derivative of ceorran to turn, it being thought of as swimming to and fro time and again; see char3

char

3 [chahr] Chiefly British.
noun
1.
2.
a task, especially a household chore.
3.
chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.
verb (used without object), charred, charring.
4.
to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.
verb (used with object), charred, charring.
5.
to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.
Also, chare.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English, Old English cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, affair, derivative of cierran to turn

char

4 [chahr]
noun British Informal.

Origin:
1915–20; < Hindi tea; for spelling with r cf. arvo, parcheesi

Char

[shar]
noun
René [ruh-ney] , 1907–1988, French poet.

char.

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char1 (tʃɑː)
 
vb , chars, charring, charred
1.  to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
2.  (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
 
[C17: short for charcoal]

char or charr2 (tʃɑː)
 
n , pl char, chars, charr, charrs
any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
charr or charr2
 
n
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

char3 (tʃɑː)
 
n
1.  informal short for charwoman
 
vb , chars, charring, charred
2.  informal (Brit) to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
 
[C18: from Old English cerr]

char4 (tʃɑː)
 
n
(Brit) a slang word for tea
 
[from Chinese ch'a]

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Word Origin & History

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

programming
/keir/ or /char/; rarely, /kar/ character. Especially used by C programmers, as "char" is C's typename for character data.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-29)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
char.
  1. character

  2. characteristic

  3. charity

  4. charter

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Example sentences
How would oil and coal derived char be safe to put in my farm's soils, and who
  would pay me for it.
The refinery would light up a great big cross in the windows of the char house.
It is triple-smoked, which gives a haunting char to its flavor and results in a
  moist, lush texture.
The added dimension of grilling provides a brilliant smoky char that takes this
  dish to new levels.
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