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 harden or scar emotionally: The traumatic experiences of her youth have permanently seared her.
to dry up or wither; parch.
to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
a mark or scar made by searing.
- un·seared, adjective
Other definitions for sear (2 of 2)
a pivoted piece that holds the hammer at full cock or half cock in the firing mechanism of small arms.
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How to use sear in a sentence
Let it sear, undisturbed for a few minutes, before flipping to the other side.Seared steak and asparagus donburi take that bowl of rice to new heights | Daniela Galarza | June 3, 2021 | Washington Post
It resulted in great pies, but it was so hot in there that it stripped the seasoning off of the pan and seared the leather gloves and pot holders that I tried to grab it with.
Add your marinated protein, let it sear for about 30 seconds before stir-frying.8 tips about Asian cooking from Martin Yan, Grace Young and other experts | Becky Krystal | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Try not to stir right away — let it sear until lightly golden brown, turn to the other side and sear.8 tips about Asian cooking from Martin Yan, Grace Young and other experts | Becky Krystal | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Long before I wrote about movies professionally, Walter had seared herself into my consciousness, thanks to a performance that would prove formative in developing her superbly controlled screen persona.Jessica Walter and George Segal personified a time when movies grew up | Ann Hornaday | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Add the chicken to the pan skin side down and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook | Daniel Boulud | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But nothing else holds heat as well; it produces a perfect, practically instant sear.
Heat fry pan with a dash of oil and quickly sear all sides of the tenderloin.
sear the pork on both sides and on the fat edge, working in batches if the chops don't all fit in the pan at the same time.
Add the venison to the pot and sear on all sides until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
The certainty of this shot through brain and body like forked lightning and seemed to sear her flesh.The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
This is done in order to sear the entire surface and thus prevent the loss of the juice.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He stared at the letter, and certain sentences in it seemed to sear him, even as the branding-iron used on a felon might.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet
The cock is kept back by a spring acting on the long arm of a lever, while fastened to the short end was a sear or trigger.Armour in England | J. Starkie Gardner
Grasp the apex of the heart in the forceps and sear the surface of the right ventricle.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
British Dictionary definitions for sear (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for sear (2 of 2)
the catch in the lock of a small firearm that holds the hammer or firing pin cocked
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