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[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 searing
  • Dancing off the rocks, the searing heat plays other tricks.
  • All you have to do is focus on keeping your feet moving, and trying to ignore the searing pain.
  • Surges are energetic and diluted mixtures of searing gas and rock fragments.
  • Or, if you want to go to the market in shorts or a searing hot, full body tarp.
  • His landscapes were really exceptional due to his use of searing colors and unusual vantage points.
  • On slopes, some ice plants are favored for their searing spring blooms.
  • searing heat, towering dunes, gargantuan rocks and weather that would frighten a crab-boat captain are the norm.
  • The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun.
  • It's highly unlikely that such a world would retain an atmosphere, since the searing hot gases would rapidly escape into space.
  • Early in the starlit evening, the smoke from the sacred fire began searing her eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for searing

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 searing

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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