see also: Char
  • (British) IPA: /tʃɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃɑɹ/, [tʃɑɹ], [tʃɑ˞]

char (chars, present participle charring; past and past participle charred)

  1. (ergative) To burn something to charcoal.
  2. To burn slightly or superficially so as to affect colour.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

char (plural chars)

  1. A charred substance.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: Kohle
  • Russian: у́голь
  • (British) IPA: /tʃɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃɑɹ/, [tʃɑɹ], [tʃɑ˞]

char (plural chars)

  1. One of the several species of fishes of the genus Salvelinus.
    Among other native delicacies, they give you fresh char.
  • French: omble
  • German: Saibling
  • Italian: salmerino
  • Russian: ручьева́я форе́ль
  • (British) IPA: /tʃɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃɑɹ/, [tʃɑɹ], [tʃɑ˞]

char (plural chars)

  1. (obsolete) A time; a turn or occasion.
  2. (obsolete) A turn of work; a labour or item of business.
  3. An odd job, a chore or piece of housework.
    • c. 1607, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene II.
      When thou hast done this chare, I’ll give thee leave to play till doomsday.
  4. A charlady, a woman employed to do housework; cleaning lady.
    I had to scrub the kitchen today, because the char couldn't come.
Synonyms Translations Verb

char (chars, present participle charing; past and past participle chared)

  1. (obsolete) To turn, especially away or aside.
  2. To work, especially to do housework; to work by the day, without being a regularly hired servant.
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Naval Treaty" (Norton 2005, p.677)
      She explained that she was the commissionaire's wife, who did the charing, and I gave her the order for the coffee.
    • 1897, W. Somerset Maugham, Lisa of Lambeth, chapter 2
      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.
  3. (obsolete) To perform; to do; to finish.
    • That char is chared, as the good wife said when she had hanged her husband.
  4. To work or hew (stone, etc.).
  • (British) IPA: /tʃɑː/, /kɛə/, /kɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃɑɹ/, /kɛɹ/, /kɑɹ/

char (plural chars)

  1. (computing, programming) A character (text element such as a letter or symbol).
    • Java programming language tutorial ↗
      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.
    • 1975, Computerworld - 23 April 1975 - Page 21
      The unit is an 80-column, 30 char. /sec dot matrix printer which uses a 5 by 7 font.
    • 1997, Cay S Horstmann, Gary Cornell, Core Java 1.1: Fundamentals
      Chars can be considered as integers if need be without an explicit cast.
    • 1998, John R Hubbard, Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Fundamentals of Computing with C++
      Then since each char occupies one byte, these four bytes represent the three letters 'B', 'y', 'e', and the null character NUL.
    • 2002, Nell B. Dale, Michael McMillan, Visual Basic .NET: a laboratory course - Page 25
      .NET uses the Unicode character set in which each char constant or variable takes up two bytes (16 bits) of storage.
Related terms Noun

char (uncountable)

  1. (British) Alternative form of cha (tea)

Proper noun
  1. A nickname for Charlotte
  2. A a pet name for Charlene

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