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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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British Dictionary definitions for searest

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 searest
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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