- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle 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: ME seeren < OE searian < the adj.
Origin: 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
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verb seared, sear·ing, sears verb, transitive
- To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To cause to dry up and wither.
Origin: Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered.
Origin: Probably 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.