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  1. serving to burn or char the surface of something, especially of food in order to seal in the juices before cooking: Sizzle the rump steak over white-hot coals, under a searing grill, or in a blistering griddle pan.

  2. burning or scorching: The charge exploded prematurely and the truck was engulfed in searing flames.

  1. sharp, penetrating, and severe, like the feeling of being burned: For weeks now I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night with searing pain in my ankles.Her recent documentary was a searing indictment of the crimes of Stalinism.

  2. withering or parching: Grass that’s allowed to grow long is like a living mulch, protecting and shielding the root system from the searing heat of summer.

  3. leaving a permanent emotional scar: He was never to recover from the searing experience of what he saw in the war.

  1. the act of burning or charring the surface of something, especially of food: The searing of the vegetables and meat should be done over a very hot burner and with excellent ventilation.

  2. the act of branding or marking with a hot iron: One of his arms was branded like that of a convict, the flesh still swollen from the searing of the iron.

  1. the act of hardening or scarring emotionally, or the resulting condition: Were it not for the searing of their conscience, they would realize that what they’re doing is wrong.

  2. sharp, penetrating, severe pain: I tried to ignore the searing in my muscles after hours of paddling against the current.

Origin of searing

First recorded in 1350–1400; sear1 + -ing2 for the adjective senses; sear1 + -ing1 for the noun senses

Words Nearby searing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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