To sear is defined as to dry up, burn or quickly brown meat.(verb)
An example of to sear is to quickly brown a piece of salmon on the stove.
The definition of a sear is a scar from burning, browning or drying up, or the catch in a gunlock.(noun)
Sear means dried up.(adjective)
An example of sear used as an adjective is in the phrase "sear plants" which means plants that have dried up and died.
See sear in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME seer < OE sear, dry < IE base *saus > Sans úṣyati, (he) dries, withers, L sudus, dry
Origin: ME seeren < OE searian < the adj.
Origin: < MFr serre, a bolt < OFr serrer, to close, press < VL *serrare, altered (infl. by L serrare, to saw) < LL serare, to bolt, bar < L sera, a bar, bolt
See sear in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb seared, sear·ing, sears verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English seren
Origin: , from Old English sēarian, to wither
Origin: , from sēar, withered.
Origin: Probably French serre, something that grasps
Origin: , from Old French, lock
Origin: , from serrer, to grasp
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *serrāre
Origin: , from Late Latin serāre, to bolt
Origin: , from Latin sera, bar, bolt; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
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