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From Old French saas, from Late Latin *saetāceus (pannus) ((cloth) made of bristles), from Latin saeta (bristle).


searce (plural searces)

  1. (obsolete) A sieve; a strainer.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Yet will our selfe overweening sift his divinitie through our searce [transl. estamine]: whence are engendred all the vanities and errours wherewith the world is so full-fraught [].


searce (third-person singular simple present searces, present participle searcing, simple past and past participle searced)

  1. (obsolete) To sift; to bolt.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)