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Meaning of SEAR

Pronunciation:  seer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"
  2. [v]  cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth"
  3. [v]  make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"
  4. [v]  become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"

SEAR is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dried-up, dry, parch, scorch, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, singe, withered
 See Also: burn, combust, dry, dry out, heat, heat up, sizzle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sear\, Sere \Sere\ (s[=e]r), a.
    [OE. seer, AS. se['a]r (assumed) fr. se['a]rian to wither;
    akin to D. zoor dry, LG. soor, OHG. sor[=e]n to to wither,
    Gr. a"y`ein to parch, to dry, Skr. [,c]ush (for sush) to dry,
    to wither, Zend hush to dry. [root]152. Cf. {Austere},
    {Sorrel}, a.] Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to
    leaves. --Milton.
          I have lived long enough; my way of life Is fall'n into
          the sear, the yellow leaf.               --Shak.
  2. \Sear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Searing}.] [OE. seeren, AS. se['a]rian. See {Sear}, a.]
    1. To wither; to dry up. --Shak.
    2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to
       cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat such as changes
       the color 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.
    Note: 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
    {To sear}, to close by searing. ``Cherish veins of good
       humor, and sear up those of ill.'' --Sir W. Temple.
  3. \Sear\, n. [F. serre a grasp, pressing, fr. L. sera. See
    The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or
    half cocked.
    {Sear spring}, the spring which causes the sear to catch in
       the notches by which the hammer is held.