searest

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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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]

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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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