- 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.
sear definition by Webster's New World
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
sear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.