(Sear, Sere) (ser), a. [OE. seer, AS. seár (assumed) fr. seárian to wither; akin to D. zoor dry, LG.
soor, OHG. soren to wither, Gr. a"y`ein to parch, to dry, Skr. çush (for sush) to dry, to wither,
Zend hush to dry. &radic152. Cf. Austere, Sorrel, a.] Dry; withered; no longer green; applied to
I have lived long enough; my way of lifeShak.
Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf.
(Sear), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Searing.] [OE. seeren, AS. seárian. See
1. To wither; to dry up. Shak.
2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat such as
changes the color or the hardness and texture of the surface; to scorch; to make callous; as, to sear the
skin or flesh. Also used figuratively.
I'm seared with burning steel.Rowe.
It was in vain that the amiable divine tried to give salutary pain to that seared conscience.Macaulay.
The discipline of war, being a discipline in destruction of life, is a discipline in callousness. Whatever
sympathies exist are seared.H. Spencer.
Sear is allied to scorch in signification; but it is applied primarily to animal flesh, and has special reference
to the effect of heat in marking the surface hard. Scorch is applied to flesh, cloth, or any other substance,
and has no reference to the effect of hardness.
To sear up, to close by searing. "Cherish veins of good humor, and sear up those of ill." Sir W. Temple.
Sear spring, the spring which causes the sear to catch in the notches by which the hammer is held.
(Sear), n. [F. serre a grasp, pressing, fr. L. sera. See Serry.] The catch in a gunlock by which
the hammer is held cocked or half cocked.
1. A pirate. [R.] Massinger.
2. (Zoöl.) The chimæra.
(Sea" ra"ven) (Zoöl.) (a) An American cottoid fish (Hemitripterus Americanus) allied to the
sculpins, found on the northern Atlantic coasts. (b) The cormorant.
(Searce) n. [See Sarse.] A fine sieve. [Obs.]
(Searce), v. t. To sift; to bolt. [Obs.] Mortimer.
1. One who sifts or bolts. [Obs.]
2. A searce, or sieve. [Obs.] Holland.
(Search) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Searched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Searching.] [OE. serchen, cerchen,
OF. cerchier, F. chercher, L. circare to go about, fr. L. circum, circa, around. See Circle.]