Sear Sear, Sere Sere (s[=e]r), a. [OE. seer, AS. se['a]r (assumed) fr. se['a]rian to wither; akin to D. zoor dry, LG. soor, OHG. sor[=e]n to wither, Gr. a"y`ein to parch, to dry, Skr. [,c]ush (for sush) to dry, to wither, Zend hush to dry. [root]152. Cf. {Austere}, {Sorrel}, a.] Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I have lived long enough; my way of life Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Sear — Sear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Searing}.] [OE. seeren, AS. se[ a]rian. See {Sear}, a.] 1. To wither; to dry up. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sear — Sear, n. [F. serre a grasp, pressing, fr. L. sera. See {Serry}.] The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked. [1913 Webster] {Sear spring}, the spring which causes the sear to catch in the notches by which the hammer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sear — may refer to:* Sear (firearm), part of the trigger mechanism on a firearm * Seir (demon), a Prince of Hell, also spelled Sear * Searing, a cooking technique which quickly cooks the exterior of a food item * Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation …   Wikipedia

  • sear — [sıə US sır] v [: Old English; Origin: searian, from sear; SERE] 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T] to burn something with a sudden powerful heat ▪ The heat seared their skin. 2.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T] to have a very strong… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sear — (v.) O.E. searian dry up, to whither, from P.Gmc. *saurajan, from root of sear dried up, withered (see SERE (Cf. sere)). Meaning to brand, to burn by hot iron is recorded from 1520s; figurative use is from 1580s. Related: Seared; searing …   Etymology dictionary

  • sear — sear·ing·ly; sear; …   English syllables

  • sear — sear1 [sir] adj. [ME seer < OE sear, dry < IE base * saus > Sans s̍úṣyati, (he) dries, withers, L sudus, dry] alt. sp. of SERE2 vt. [ME seeren < OE searian < the adj.] 1. to dry up; wither 2 …   English World dictionary

  • sear — index burn, deflagrate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sear — [ sır ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to burn the surface of something with extreme heat a ) to heat the surface of a piece of meat for a short time at a very high temperature to keep the juices inside 2. ) LITERARY to have a sudden and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sear — vb *burn, scorch, char, singe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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