- to burn or char the surface of: She seared the steak to seal in the juices.
- to mark with a branding iron.
- to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully: He seared his hand on a hot steam pipe.
- to make callous or unfeeling; harden: The hardship of her youth has seared her emotionally.
- to dry up or wither; parch.
- to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
- a mark or scar made by searing.
Origin of sear1
Examples from the Web for seared
It will, however, be a memory that is seared in the brains of Britons for years to come.Andy Murray Makes History by Winning Wimbledon
July 7, 2013
Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty.Full Text of President Obama's Inaugural Address
January 21, 2013
I had an intimate encounter with just such a seared ego, recently burned by his once-trusted chronicler.The Perils of Biography in the Bradlee-Himmelman Storm
May 20, 2012
More lamb is seared over burning coals and the wine keeps flowing.Harvesting EVOO Down Under
April 27, 2011
For cookbook author Deborah Krasner the best way to have a burger for dinner is without a bun and seared in salt.The Perfect Burger (Sans Bun)
November 1, 2010
Some scenes have been so seared into my brain that I can never forget them.In the Midst of Alarms
Unless something happened, and that quickly, they would be seared to a crisp.Pirates of the Gorm
They seared her very soul, and she began to know the meaning of shame.The Scapegoat
His face looked grey and haggard; the lines that seared it were lines of pain.The Trampling of the Lilies
A wave of Mercurians surged in, to be seared into nothingness by his weapon.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
- to scorch or burn the surface of
- to brand with a hot iron
- to cause to wither or dry up
- rare to make callous or unfeeling
- a mark caused by searing
- poetic dried up
- the catch in the lock of a small firearm that holds the hammer or firing pin cocked
Word Origin and History for seared
Old English searian (intransitive) "dry up, to wither," from Proto-Germanic *saurajan (cf. Middle Dutch soor "dry," Old High German soren "become dry"), from root of sear "dried up, withered" (see sere). Meaning "cause to wither" is from early 15c. Meaning "to brand, to burn by hot iron" is recorded from c.1400, originally especially of cauterizing wounds; figurative use is from 1580s. Related: Seared; searing.