sear

1 [seer]
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:
before 900; (adj.) Middle English sere, Old English sēar; cognate with Dutch zoor; (v.) Middle English seren, Old English sēarian, derivative of sēar

unseared, adjective


1. See burn1.
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sear

2 [seer]
noun
a pivoted piece that holds the hammer at full cock or half cock in the firing mechanism of small arms.

Origin:
1550–60; < Middle French serre a grip, derivative of serrer to lock up, close < Vulgar Latin *serrāre, for Late Latin serāre to bar (a door), derivative of Latin sera door-bar; Vulgar Latin -rr- unexplained

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sear1 (sɪə)
 
vb
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
 
n
5.  a mark caused by searing
 
adj
6.  poetic dried up
 
[Old English sēarian to become withered, from sēar withered; related to Old High German sōrēn, Greek hauos dry, Sanskrit sōsa drought]

sear2 (sɪə)
 
n
the catch in the lock of a small firearm that holds the hammer or firing pin cocked
 
[C16: probably from Old French serre a clasp, from serrer to hold firmly, from Late Latin sērāre to bolt, from Latin sera a bar]

sere or sear1 (sɪə)
 
adj
1.  archaic dried up or withered
 
vb, —n
2.  a rare spelling of sear
 
[Old English sēar; see sear1]
 
sear or sear1
 
adj
 
vb, —n
 
[Old English sēar; see sear1]

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sear
O.E. searian "dry up, to whither," from P.Gmc. *saurajan, from root of sear "dried up, withered" (see sere). Meaning "to brand, to burn by hot iron" is recorded from 1530; fig. use is from 1582.
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Example sentences
Raise heat to high, and sear duck pieces, stirring vegetables so they do not
  burn.
Sear oyster mushrooms until wilted and lightly browned.
When using poppies as cut flowers, sear cut stem ends in a flame before placing
  them in water.
Using tongs, move the pieces and flatten them to sear all the shells evenly.
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