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sear 1

 (sîr)
v. seared, sear·ing, sears
v.tr.
1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of.
2. To brown (meat) quickly using very high heat. See Synonyms at burn1.
3. To cause to dry up and wither.
4.
a. To cause emotional pain or trauma to: "The image of the burdened, solitary president ... seared the American mind as never before" (James Carroll).
b. To cause to be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: "Such increases in value have seared into people's minds the idea that investments will almost always pay off" (David Leonhardt).
v.intr.
1. To become dried up or withered.
2. To be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: The incident seared into the nation's memory.
n.
A condition, such as a scar, produced by searing.

[Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered.]

sear 2

 (sîr)
n.
The catch in a gunlock that keeps the hammer halfcocked or fully cocked.

[Probably French serre, something that grasps, from Old French, lock, from serrer, to grasp, from Vulgar Latin *serrāre, from Late Latin serāre, to bolt, from Latin sera, bar, bolt; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

sear 3

 (sîr)
adj.
Variant of sere1.

sear

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

sear

(sɪə)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) 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]

sear1

(sɪər)

v.t.
1. to burn or char the surface of.
2. to mark with a branding iron.
3. to burn or scorch.
4. to damage emotionally.
5. to dry up or wither; parch.
n.
6. a mark or scar made by searing.
adj.
[before 900; Middle English seren, Old English sēarian, derivative of sēar sere1]

sear2

(sɪər)

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

sear


Past participle: seared
Gerund: searing

Imperative
sear
sear
Present
I sear
you sear
he/she/it sears
we sear
you sear
they sear
Preterite
I seared
you seared
he/she/it seared
we seared
you seared
they seared
Present Continuous
I am searing
you are searing
he/she/it is searing
we are searing
you are searing
they are searing
Present Perfect
I have seared
you have seared
he/she/it has seared
we have seared
you have seared
they have seared
Past Continuous
I was searing
you were searing
he/she/it was searing
we were searing
you were searing
they were searing
Past Perfect
I had seared
you had seared
he/she/it had seared
we had seared
you had seared
they had seared
Future
I will sear
you will sear
he/she/it will sear
we will sear
you will sear
they will sear
Future Perfect
I will have seared
you will have seared
he/she/it will have seared
we will have seared
you will have seared
they will have seared
Future Continuous
I will be searing
you will be searing
he/she/it will be searing
we will be searing
you will be searing
they will be searing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been searing
you have been searing
he/she/it has been searing
we have been searing
you have been searing
they have been searing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been searing
you will have been searing
he/she/it will have been searing
we will have been searing
you will have been searing
they will have been searing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been searing
you had been searing
he/she/it had been searing
we had been searing
you had been searing
they had been searing
Conditional
I would sear
you would sear
he/she/it would sear
we would sear
you would sear
they would sear
Past Conditional
I would have seared
you would have seared
he/she/it would have seared
we would have seared
you would have seared
they would have seared

sear

To brown the surface of food by cooking over direct heat or in the oven at high temperature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sear - make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"
heat, heat up - make hot or hotter; "the sun heats the oceans"; "heat the water on the stove"
sizzle - burn or sear with a sizzling sound; "The fat sizzled in the pan"
2.sear - become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"
burn, combust - undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well"
3.sear - burn slightly and superficially so as to affect colorsear - burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
burn - burn with heat, fire, or radiation; "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
singe, swinge - burn superficially or lightly; "I singed my eyebrows"
4.sear - cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth"
dry, dry out - remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
Adj.1.sear - (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"

sear

verb
1. wither, burn, blight, brand, scorch, sizzle, shrivel, cauterize, desiccate, dry up or out Grass fires have seared the land.
2. flash fry, brown, fry quickly Sear the red pepper strips until they start to blacken.

sear

verb
1. To undergo or cause to undergo damage by or as if by fire:
2. To make or become no longer fresh or shapely because of loss of moisture:
noun
Damage or a damaged substance that results from burning:
Translations

sear

[sɪəʳ] VT (= wither) → secar, marchitar (Med) → cauterizar; [pain etc] → punzar; (= scorch) → chamuscar, quemar
it was seared into my memoryme quedó grabado en la memoria
sear through VI + PREP [+ walls, metal] → penetrar a través de

sear

vt
(= burn: hot metal, water etc) → verbrennen; (pain) → durchzucken; (Med: = cauterize) → ausbrennen; (Cook: = brown quickly) → rasch anbraten; (fig)zutiefst treffen
(= scorch, wither: sun, wind) → ausdörren, austrocknen

sear

[sɪəʳ] vt (Culin) (meat) → scottare; (scorch) → bruciare
References in classic literature ?
And despite the downpour, the deafening thunder and the lightning that seemed ready to sear one's eyes, he walked out of the cave entrance, followed by Tom and the others.
Je crois, monsieur, qu'il ne sear pas necessaire," Heyward modestly replied; "je parle un peu fran‡ais.
No -- better still, he would join the Indians, and hunt buffaloes and go on the warpath in the mountain ranges and the trackless great plains of the Far West, and away in the future come back a great chief, bristling with feathers, hideous with paint, and prance into Sunday- school, some drowsy summer morning, with a blood- curdling war-whoop, and sear the eyeballs of all his companions with unappeasable envy.
Alas," said Monte Cristo, "your words sear and embitter my heart, the more so as you have every reason to hate me.
Tradition whispered, at the firesides of the village, that Mother Ann had been compelled to sear his heart of flesh with a red-hot iron before it could be purified from earthly passions.
Turveydrop, "I am falling into the sear and yellow leaf, and it is impossible to say how long the last feeble traces of gentlemanly deportment may linger in this weaving and spinning age.
Sooner or later they would get him, if he did not get them first, if he did not once again sear on their dark souls the flaming mastery of the white man.
He opened his eyes to escape it, but the white light of the room seemed to sear the balls and forced him to close his eyes, when the "$3.
The Birch Path was a canopy of yellow and the ferns were sear and brown all along it.
Herman was an ancient warrior, whose face was marked with sears inflicted by the sabre of the Moslemah, and had great rank and consideration among his brethren.
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Sears Holdings is the parent company of Sears, Roebuck and Co.