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sear

Definition of sear

  1. variant of sere




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sear

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verb \ˈsir\

Simple Definition of sear

  • : to burn and damage the surface of (something) with strong and sudden heat

  • : to cook the surface of (something, such as a piece of meat) quickly with intense heat

Full Definition of sear

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to cause withering or drying

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make withered and dry :  parch

  5. 2a :  to burn, scorch, mark, or injure with or as if with sudden application of intense heatb :  to cook the surface of quickly with intense heat <sear a steak>

Examples of sear

  1. The tree was seared by lightning.

  2. The flames seared my skin.

  3. The steak was seared over a hot grill.



Origin of sear

Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian to become dry, from sēar sere


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sear

noun

Definition of sear

  1. :  a mark or scar left by searing



1874

First Known Use of sear

1874


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sear

noun

Definition of sear

  1. :  the catch that holds the hammer of a gun's lock at cock or half cock



Origin of sear

probably from Middle French serre grasp, from serrer to press, grasp, from Old French, from Late Latin serare to bolt, latch, from Latin sera bar for fastening a door


First Known Use: 1596


SEAR Defined for Kids

sear

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verb \ˈsir\

Definition of sear

searedsear·ing

  1. 1 :  to burn, mark, or injure with or as if with sudden heat <searing pain> <The sight was seared into my memory.>

  2. 2 :  to dry by or as if by heat :  parch

  3. 3 :  to quickly cook the surface by high heat <sear meat>





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