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seer1

[see-er for 1; seer for 2–4] /ˈsi ər for 1; sɪər for 2–4/
noun
1.
a person who sees; observer.
2.
a person who prophesies future events; prophet:
Industry seers predicted higher profits.
3.
a person endowed with profound moral and spiritual insight or knowledge; a wise person or sage who possesses intuitive powers.
4.
a person who is reputed to have special powers of divination, as a crystal gazer or palmist.
Origin of seer1
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at see1, -er1
Synonyms
2. oracle, soothsayer, augur.

seer2

[seer, sair] /sɪər, sɛər/
noun
1.
ser.
Origin
First recorded in 1610-20

ser

or seer

[seer, sair] /sɪər, sɛər/
noun
1.
a unit of weight in India, varying in value but usually 1/40 of a maund: the government ser is divided into 80 tolas of 180 English grains and equals nearly 2 pounds 1 ounce avoirdupois (950 grams).
Origin
Borrowed into English from Hindi around 1810-20
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  • So he stood awed and trembling, questioning within himself, like some seer to whom a dark and uncertain revelation has been made.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
  • It is the prophet's message to his fellow men, the apocalypse of the seer.

    The Enjoyment of Art Carleton Noyes
  • Monsieur Paul Le Duc was a famous student of occultism, a seer, a medium, and a mystic.

  • The visions are in the mind or soul of the seer and nowhere else.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • On this eventful night, therefore, the young seer heard with mingled feelings the terrified mother's significant words.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • John Cooper was not characteristically a seer of visions or a dreamer of dreams.

    Peter Cooper Rossiter W. Raymond
  • With me have I brought Jelchs, the Raven, diviner of mystery and seer of things.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • And as the seer spoke, on the glorious face of Adon-Ai there broke a smile.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Members of each house bring with them a seer of rice, half a seer of cocoanut oil, and a cocoanut.

British Dictionary definitions for seer

seer1

/sɪə/
noun
1.
a person who can supposedly see into the future; prophet
2.
a person who professes supernatural powers
3.
a person who sees
Derived Forms
seeress, noun:feminine

seer2

/sɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of ser

ser

/sɪə/
noun
1.
a unit of weight used in India, usually taken as one fortieth of a maund
Word Origin
from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for seer
n.

late 14c., "one to whom divine revelations are made," agent noun from see (v.). Originally rendering Latin videns, Greek bleptor (from Hebrew roeh) in Bible translations (e.g. I Kings ix:9). Literal sense of "one who sees" is attested from early 15c.

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seer in Medicine

Ser abbr.
serine

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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