sear

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Etymology 1[edit]

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- (dry, parched) (also reconstructed as *h₂sews-). Cognate with Dutch zoor (dry, rough), Low German soor (dry), German sohr (parched, dried up), dialectal Norwegian søyr (the desiccation and death of a tree), Lithuanian saũsas (dry), Homeric Ancient Greek αὖος (aûos, dry).

Adjective[edit]

sear (comparative searer or more sear, superlative searest or most sear)

  1. Dry; withered, especially of vegetation.

Etymology 2[edit]

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). See Etymology 1 for more cognates. The use in firearms terminology may relate to French serrer (to grip).

Verb[edit]

sear (third-person singular simple present sears, present participle searing, simple past and past participle seared)

  1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument.
  2. To wither; to dry up.
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  3. (figuratively) To mark permanently, as if by burning.
    The events of that day were seared into her memory.
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Noun[edit]

sear (plural sears)

  1. A scar produced by searing
  2. Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled.
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sear

  1. eastern, east

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sear (seare)

  1. painful