- Sear means dried up.
An example of sear used as an adjective is in the phrase "sear plants" which means plants that have dried up and died.
- The definition of a sear is a scar from burning, browning or drying up, or the catch in a gunlock.
- An example of a sear is a mark on a piece of meat from cooking.
- An example of a sear is part of a gun that keeps the hammer partially or fully-cocked.
- To sear is defined as to dry up, burn or quickly brown meat.
An example of to sear is to quickly brown a piece of salmon on the stove.
Pieces of seared tuna.
Origin of searMiddle English seer ; from Old English sear, dry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form saus from source Sanskrit úṣyati, (he) dries, withers, Classical Latin sudus, dry
- to dry up; wither
- to scorch or burn the surface of
- to brown (meat) quickly at high heat
- to brand or cauterize with a hot iron
- to make callous or unfeeling; harden
- to cause to quail or feel humiliated, as by a scornful glance
Origin of searME seeren < OE searian < the adj.
Origin of sear; from Middle French serre, a bolt ; from Old French serrer, to close, press ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form serrare, altered (infl. by Classical Latin serrare, to saw) ; from Late Latin serare, to bolt, bar ; from Classical Latin sera, a bar, bolt
verbseared, sear·ing, sears
- To char, scorch, or burn the surface of.
- To brown (meat) quickly using very high heat. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To cause to dry up and wither.
- a. To cause emotional pain or trauma to: “The image of the burdened, solitary president &ellipsis; 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).
- To become dried up or withered.
- To be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: The incident seared into the nation's memory.
Origin of searMiddle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered.
Origin of searProbably 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-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative searer or more sear, superlative searest or most sear)
From Middle English seer, seere, from Old English sēar, sīere (“dry, sere, sear, withered, barren”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (“dry”), from Proto-Indo-European *saus-, *sus- (“dry, parched”). Cognate with Dutch zoor (“dry, rough”), Low German soor (“dry”), German sohr (“parched, dried up”), Norwegian dialectal søyr (“the desiccation and death of a tree”), Lithuanian sausas (“dry”).
(third-person singular simple present sears, present participle searing, simple past and past participle seared)
From Middle English seeren, seren, from Old English sēarian (“to become sere, to grow sear, wither, pine away”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzōną, *sauzijaną (“to become dry”). Related to Old High German sōrēn (“to wither, wilt”), Greek hauos ("dry"), Sanskrit sōsa ("drought"). The use in firearms terminology may relate to French serrer ("to grip").