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sear1

[seer] /sɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to burn or char the surface of:
She seared the steak to seal in the juices.
2.
to mark with a branding iron.
3.
to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully:
He seared his hand on a hot steam pipe.
4.
to make callous or unfeeling; harden:
The hardship of her youth has seared her emotionally.
5.
to dry up or wither; parch.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
noun
7.
a mark or scar made by searing.
adjective
8.
sere1 .
Origin
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English sere, Old English sēar; cognate with Dutch zoor; (v.) Middle English seren, Old English sēarian, derivative of sēar
Related forms
unseared, adjective
Synonyms
1. See burn1 .
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Examples for seared
  • Place in hot oven, that the surface may be quickly seared, thus preventing escape of inner juices.
  • Turn as soon as under surface is seared, and sear other side.
  • Plus, before it hits the plate, the sausage is seared in butter.
  • There is food: bubbling mutton kebabs seared over red-hot braziers.
  • To anyone who lived through the drama of those tragic days and weeks what happened next is seared into their memory.
  • Except the memories of those whose lives have been seared.
  • All three models pick at their identical plates of seared tuna, chattering excitedly.
  • The company applauded loudly, but my right shoulder seared with pain.
  • They are so flattered to be close to the flame of celebrity that they don't realize how easily they can be seared.
  • My companion began with scallops and figs and followed with a perfectly seared cut of roast venison.
British Dictionary definitions for seared

sear1

/sɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to scorch or burn the surface of
2.
to brand with a hot iron
3.
to cause to wither or dry up
4.
(rare) to make callous or unfeeling
noun
5.
a mark caused by searing
adjective
6.
(poetic) dried up
Word Origin
Old English sēarian to become withered, from sēar withered; related to Old High German sōrēn, Greek hauos dry, Sanskrit sōsa drought

sear2

/sɪə/
noun
1.
the catch in the lock of a small firearm that holds the hammer or firing pin cocked
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old French serre a clasp, from serrer to hold firmly, from Late Latin sērāre to bolt, from Latin sera a bar
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Word Origin and History for seared

sear

v.

Old English searian (intransitive) "dry up, to wither," from Proto-Germanic *saurajan (cf. Middle Dutch soor "dry," Old High German soren "become dry"), from root of sear "dried up, withered" (see sere). Meaning "cause to wither" is from early 15c. Meaning "to brand, to burn by hot iron" is recorded from c.1400, originally especially of cauterizing wounds; figurative use is from 1580s. Related: Seared; searing.

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