/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) by a brief application of high heat.
verb (i)
7. to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
8. a mark or the like made by searing.
9. Chiefly Poeticsere1.
{Middle English sere (adjective), Old English sēar}
/sɪə / (say sear)

a pivoted piece in the firing mechanism of small arms which holds the hammer at full cock or half-cock.
{Old French serre lock, grasp, from serrer to grasp, hold, from Late Latin serāre to bar, bolt (from Latin sera bar)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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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 — 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

  • 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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