verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of sear1
Examples from the Web for searing
They are variously loud, meditative, dramatic, witty, sexy, searing, and elegiac.
Vlad was the searing example he needed to drive that point home.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?|Kevin Fallon|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While shooting Syriana, he injured the base of the neck, leaving him in searing pain.
I cupped my searing left cheek in my hand as I sobbed, muffling my mouth with the other so not to wake my daughter.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.|Anonymous|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Roosevelt had also stood with grace and courage against some of the most searing attacks aimed at anyone in public life.
Breaking my paralysis of horror I leaped up, ran across the room, heedless of the searing pain along my side.The Door Through Space|Marion Zimmer Bradley
This key, offered with such simple politeness, with such libertine ease, appeared to him as an object of searing dishonour.Majesty|Louis Couperus
Turning, he discovered Happy Jack still bearing down on the hot iron and searing it deep into the flesh.Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge
No words can convey the heart-rending cries of those whose bodies cringe and writhe from the hell-hot agony of searing shrapnel.Norman Ten Hundred|A. Stanley Blicq
The sound, the shock, and the searing light did not pass away at once; they continued for seconds that seemed like an eternity.Genesis|H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for searing (1 of 2)
Word Origin for sear
British Dictionary definitions for searing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for sear
Word Origin and History for searing
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.