From Middle English seer, seere, from Old English sēar, sīere (“dry, sere, sear, withered, barren”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (“dry”), from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ews-, *sus- (“dry, parched”). Cognate with Dutch zoor (“dry, rough”), Low German soor (“dry”), German sohr (“parched, dried up”), Norwegian dialectal søyr (“the desiccation and death of a tree”), Lithuanian sausas (“dry”), Ancient Greek αὖος (aûos).
From Middle English seeren, seren, from Old English sēarian (“to become sere, to grow sear, wither, pine away”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzōną, *sauzijaną (“to become dry”). Related to Old High German sōrēn (“to wither, wilt”), Greek hauos ("dry"), Sanskrit sōsa ("drought"). The use in firearms terminology may relate to French serrer ("to grip").
- To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument.
- To wither; to dry up.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (figuratively) To mark permanently, as if by burning.
- The events of that day were seared into her memory.
sear (plural sears)