AskDefine | Define sear

Dictionary Definition

sear adj : (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines" [syn: dried-up, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, withered]


1 make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside" [syn: scorch]
2 become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames" [syn: scorch, singe]
3 cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth" [syn: parch]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument


To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument


  1. A scar produced by searing
  2. Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled.


A scar produced by searing
Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled
  • Spanish: fiador

West Frisian


sear (seare)

Extensive Definition

Sear may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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