- 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
Related Words for searingscalding, blistering, baking, scorching, blazing, sizzling, torrid, sweltering, incandescent, fiery, piping, broiling, burning, steaming, flaming, boiling, warm, roasting, heated, close
Examples from the Web for searing
Contemporary Examples of searing
They are variously loud, meditative, dramatic, witty, sexy, searing, and elegiac.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
Vlad was the searing example he needed to drive that point home.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?
October 29, 2014
While shooting Syriana, he injured the base of the neck, leaving him in searing pain.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
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.
September 10, 2014
Roosevelt had also stood with grace and courage against some of the most searing attacks aimed at anyone in public life.Channeling Eleanor
September 9, 2014
Historical Examples of searing
M. le Marquis raised his head, and showed a face that pain was searing.Scaramouche
The thought was hot in his heart as the searing touch of iron red from the fire.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
They had been baked by the searing heat, baked and charred almost to the ground.The Gun
Philip K. Dick
He had none of the mockery which is so searing and blighting a thing to hot youth.Mary Gray
They turned left, almost running in the teeth of that searing blast.A World is Born
Leigh Douglass Brackett
- 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
Word Origin for sear
- the catch in the lock of a small firearm that holds the hammer or firing pin cocked
Word Origin for sear
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.