Sear

  • 1 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

  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 sear — sear·ing·ly; sear; …

    English syllables

  • 8 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 sear — vb *burn, scorch, char, singe …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 sear — [v] dry, burn blight, brand, brown, burn up, cauterize, cook, dehydrate, desiccate, dry out, dry up, exsiccate, harden, parch, scorch, seal, shrivel, sizzle, tan, toast, wilt, wither; concepts 170,249 Ant. freeze …

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  • 13 sear — ► VERB 1) burn or scorch with a sudden intense heat. 2) (of pain) be experienced as a sudden burning sensation. 3) brown (food) quickly at a high temperature. ► ADJECTIVE (also sere) literary ▪ withered. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14 sear — sear1 /sear/, v.t. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 15 sear — I. /sɪə / (say sear) verb (t) 1. to burn or char the surface of. 2. to mark with a branding iron. 3. to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully. 4. to harden, or make callous or unfeeling. 5. to dry up or wither. 6. to brown the surface of (meat) …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 sear — I. variant of sere II. verb Etymology: Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian to become dry, from sēar sere Date: before 12th century intransitive verb to cause withering or drying transitive verb 1. to make withered and dry …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 sear — [[t]sɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] sears, searing, seared 1) VERB To sear something means to burn its surface with a sudden intense heat. [V n] Grass fires have seared the land near the farming village of Basekhai. 2) VERB If something sears a part of your body,… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 sear — UK [sɪə(r)] / US [sɪr] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms sear : present tense I/you/we/they sear he/she/it sears present participle searing past tense seared past participle seared 1) a) to burn the surface of something with extreme heat… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 sear — I [[t]sɪər[/t]] v. t. 1) to burn or char the surface of 2) to mark with a branding iron 3) pat to burn or scorch 4) to damage emotionally 5) to dry up or wither; parch 6) pat a mark or scar made by searing 7) sere I • Etymology: bef. 900; ME… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 SEAr — Substitution électrophile aromatique La substitution électrophile aromatique (ou SEA, voire SEAr) est une réaction chimique du domaine de la chimie organique, au cours de laquelle un atome, en règle générale d hydrogène, fixé à un cycle… …

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