- Richard Warren,1863–1914, U.S. mail-order retailer.
- 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
- a pivoted piece that holds the hammer at full cock or half cock in the firing mechanism of small arms.
Origin of sear2
Related Words for searstoast, blight, sizzle, scorch, brown, dehydrate, wilt, brand, parch, cauterize, harden, cook, wither, exsiccate, seal, desiccate, tan, shrivel
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Contemporary Examples of sears
Over at Sears, a sales associate makes just $8.44 an hour, $14,770.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
Walmart is actually defying the logic embraced so grimly by Sears, Kmart, and millions of citizen-shoppers.
True, true, Thanksgrabbing behemoths like Sears and Kmart are doubling down on doorbuster dementia.
Chris always had the ideas for the wonderful staging of the shots: to have Batman standing on top of the Sears Tower.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
April 17, 2014
Minutes later, he sells his wife to a sailor: a scene that sears itself into the memory.The 10 Best Books on Literary Drunkenness
December 28, 2013
Historical Examples of sears
Sears, repressing a smile, agreed that that might be the case.
Sears had determined to trouble the judge as little as was humanly possible.
This led to a brief talk concerning Sears' hurt and his condition.
Now, Cap'n Sears, why don't you let me drive you down, same as I always do drive you?
Sears never did learn what happened to Mrs. Brackett's brother.
- 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.