Definition of Sear

1. Verb. Make very hot and dry. "The heat scorched the countryside"

Exact synonyms: Scorch
Generic synonyms: Heat, Heat Up
Specialized synonyms: Sizzle
Derivative terms: Scorch, Scorch

2. Adjective. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture. "Withered vines"
Exact synonyms: Dried-up, Sere, Shriveled, Shrivelled, Withered
Category relationships: Botany, Flora, Vegetation
Similar to: Dry
Derivative terms: Sereness

3. Verb. Become superficially burned. "My eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"
Exact synonyms: Scorch, Singe
Generic synonyms: Burn, Combust
Derivative terms: Scorch

4. Verb. Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color. "The flames scorched the ceiling"
Exact synonyms: Blacken, Char, Scorch
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Burn
Specialized synonyms: Singe, Swinge
Derivative terms: Scorch

5. Verb. Cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat. "The sun parched the earth"
Exact synonyms: Parch
Generic synonyms: Dry, Dry Out

Definition of Sear

1. a. Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves.

2. v. t. To wither; to dry up.

3. n. The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked.

Definition of Sear

1. Verb. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument ¹

2. Noun. A scar produced by searing ¹

3. Noun. Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled. ¹

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Definition of Sear

1. sere [adj SEARER, SEAREST] / to burn the surface of [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sere

Medical Definition of Sear

1. 1. To wither; to dry up. 2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat such as changes the colour or the hardness and texture of the surface; to scorch; to make callous; as, to sear the skin or flesh. Also used figuratively. "I'm seared with burning steel." (Rowe) "It was in vain that the amiable divine tried to give salutary pain to that seared conscience." (Macaulay) "The discipline of war, being a discipline in destruction of life, is a discipline in callousness. Whatever sympathies exist are seared." (H. Spencer) Sear is allied to scorch in signification; but it is applied primarily to animal flesh, and has special reference to the effect of heat in marking the surface hard. Scorch is applied to flesh, cloth, or any other substance, and has no reference to the effect of hardness. To sear, to close by searing. "Cherish veins of good humor, and sear up those of ill." Origin: OE.seeren, AS. Searian. See Sear. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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