From Old French saas, from Late Latin *saetāceus (pannus) (“(cloth) made of bristles”), from Latin saeta (“bristle”).
searce (plural searces)
- (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)
- (obsolete) To sift; to bolt.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)