sear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sear (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"
    • v sear cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat "The sun parched the earth"
    • v sear make very hot and dry "The heat scorched the countryside"
    • v sear burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color "The cook blackened the chicken breast","The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece","the flames scorched the ceiling"
    • v sear become superficially burned "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • a Sear Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves. "I have lived long enough; my way of life
      Is fall'n into the sear , the yellow leaf."
    • n Sear The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked.
    • Sear 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.""It was in vain that the amiable divine tried to give salutary pain to that seared conscience.""The discipline of war, being a discipline in destruction of life, is a discipline in callousness. Whatever sympathies exist are seared ."
    • Sear To wither; to dry up.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • sear Dry; withered: used especially of vegetation.
    • sear To become dry; wither.
    • sear To make dry; dry up; wither.
    • sear To wither or dry up on the surface by the application of heat or of something heated; scorch; burn the surface of; burn from the surface in ward; cauterize: as, to sear the flesh with a hot iron.
    • sear To deaden or make callous; deprive of sensibility or feeling.
    • sear To blight or blast; shrivel up.
    • sear Synonyms and Singe, etc. See scorch.
    • n sear The pivoted piece in a gun-lock which enters the notches of the tumbler and holds the hammer at full or half cock. See cuts under gun-lock and rifle.
    • n sear An obsolete spelling of seer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sears Tower located in Chicago, Illinois is made up 76,000 tons of steel
    • n Sear sēr the catch in a gun-lock by which it is held at cock or half-cock: a part of a gun-lock
    • v.t Sear sēr to dry up: to burn to dryness on the surface: to scorch: to cauterise: to render callous or insensible
    • adj Sear dry, withered
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods and meadows brown and sear.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seer, AS. seár,assumed) fr. seárian, to wither; akin to D. zoor, dry, LG. soor, OHG. sorēn, to wither, Gr. a"y`ein to parch, to dry, Skr. çush,for sush,) to dry, to wither, Zend hush, to dry. √152. Cf. Austere Sorrel (a.)

Usage

In literature:

Seared and blasted by a thousand storms, they stand stern and silent, ghostlike and immoveable, scorning the elements.
"Three Months of My Life" by J. F. Foster
The use of the reddish-seared bread-fruit leaf for any purpose was also insulting to this deity.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
Bosoms seared and foul and sick with uncleanliness.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
His eyes burned behind seared lids.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
It had seared her soul, and Santos was paying for his sex.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Faces seared and crumpled with weight of years and nights of debauchery.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Beneath the courtly politeness and benignant phraseology of the document ran a trenchant searing irony.
"When William Came" by Saki
And then, suddenly, a thought seared through the girl's mind.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
Though indistinguishable in the darkness, its shape was seared on his brain, for he had lived in close fellowship with all it emphasized.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
I am beginning to turn toward the sear and yellow leaf, as Shakespeare puts it.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
The releasing of the sear causes a slight movement of the muzzle, generally to the left.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Though she were to destroy the object, was the memory of it not seared indelibly into her brain?
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
That Freiburg summer had seared us both deep, and each of us dreaded another separation more than either let the other know.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The lad felt his left shoulder and arm seared as if by a great flame, and, with a cry that he could not repress, he dropped back.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Calumny will sear Virtue, 257.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
It was the logic of the broken plate, which, seared of old across its pattern, cracks never again, save along the old destruction.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
She shall; she claims this, and lies inert on the man's arm, her face already seared with the scars of toil.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
That invisible, searing iron!
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
His name was Maxwell Sears.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Another flame seared its way through his body.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

Within my veins it beats
And burns within my brain;
For when the year is sad and sear
I dream the dream again.
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not alone dim Autumn's blast
Echoes from yon tablet sear,—
Distant music of the Past
Steals upon the poet's ear.
"Lines To A Withered Leaf Seen On A Poet's Table" by Jones Very
Then this space, where worn and sear'd, like him,
The dead leaves lie upon the sodden earth,
No more to flutter, in their joyous mirth,
Or send sweet music through the twilight dim—
"The Buriel Of The Old Year" by Alexander Anderson
'Tis Woman supports and consoles man's decline—
She drops o'er his woes the pure pitying tear,
And her love, like a tendril, still round him will twine,
A tendril that Time cannot wither or sear.
"On Reading An Assertion" by Mary Anne Browne
Love I him?--Thus scorned and slighted--
Thrown, like worthless weed, apart--
Hopes and feelings seared and blighted--
Love him?--Yes, with all my heart!
With a passion superhuman--
Constancy, "thy name is woman."
"The Deserted Bride" by George Pope Morris
Out of these throes that search and sear
What is it so deep arises in us
Above the shaken thoughts of fear,--
Whatever thread the Fates may spin us,--
Above the horror that would drown
And tempest that would strike us down?
"The Cause" by Robert Laurence Binyon

In news:

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears has launched SearsLocalAd.com, an online service that provides customers with access to additional local deals beyond the weekly Sears print circular or Sears.com.
He sears it on both sides and finishes cooking it in the oven.
With a searing, startling voice, singer takes Africa's energy around the world.
Sansei's Cajun Seared White Tuna Sashimi.
Seared tuna is served with seaweed salad, pickled ginger and dipping sauce.
Learn how to sear a duck breast in this simple step by step video by Chef Mike Neylan.
Since the 1930's, the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson has traveled the world with his signature Leica, to paint with light his searing vision of humanity.
More than a third of United States counties - 1366 out of 3033 - have been designated official disaster areas as crops wilt in the searing temperatures.
Sears Tower to get $350 million green makeover.
Sears Tower vs Miami Performing Arts Center.
In Chicago, Changing of the Guard at Sears Tower .
When Trizec Properties acquired a second mortgage on the 110-story Sears Tower in 1997, it looked as if the company had made a shrewd investment.
'Spiderman' scales Sears Tower in Chicago.
"Spiderman" Alain Robert scaled the Sears Tower in Chicago on Friday morning.
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In science:

In searing for LHMs, two types of artificial materials have been proposed so far.
About negative refraction and left handed materials
We thank Markus Hegland and Tim Sears for enlightening discussions, and Alex Smola for pointing out that the optimal assignment kernel may fail to be p.s.d. A short, early version of this work was presented at the NIPS conference (Vishwanathan et al., 2006).
Graph Kernels
Wilson 60-inch telescope photographic plate material taken by Kapteyn and collaborators (Seares et al. 1930) for their survey to make up the first-epoch data of our survey (in particular, near-equatorial fields at δ = 0◦ , +15◦ , and -15◦).
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Sear: Low–density fluid phase of dipolar hard spheres , Phys.
Magnetic properties of colloidal suspensions of interacting magnetic particles
Sears, D.W.G., 2004. The Origin of Chondrules and Chondrites. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 209 pp.
Meteoritical and dynamical constraints on the growth mechanisms and formation times of asteroids and Jupiter
Hubble’s magnitude scales were extrapolations of the Mount Wilson Catalogue of Photographic Magnitudes (Seares, Kapteyn, & van Rhijn 1930), which themselves needed systematic corrections fainter than about 16 apparent blue magnitude (Stebbins, Whitford, & Johnson 1950; Sandage 2001).
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
Human-computer interaction in health care. In: Jacko JA, Sears A, editors. The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook. London: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates; 2003, p. 808-822.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method
Cockton G, Lavery D, Woolrych A. Inspection-based evaluations. In: Jacko JA, Sears A, editors. The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook. Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates; 2003, p.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method
As the number of product reviews grows, it becomes difficult for users to sear ch and utilize these resources in an efficient way.
Product Review Summarization based on Facet Identification and Sentence Clustering
Problems of this nature, in particular applied to astronomical analysis, have been debated in the literature for over 50 years (Seares 1944; Trumpler & Weaver 1953), although every specific case seems to require a careful consideration of the methods to use.
The extinction law from photometric data: linear regression methods
Sears, Automorphisms of suspension flows over the circle, Dynamical Systems.
Factor maps between tiling dynamical systems
Matter 1990 , 2 , 6631 . (33 ) March , N. H.; Tosi, M. P. Cou lomb L iqu ids; Academic: London , 1984 . (34 ) Sears V.F., Neutron News 1992 , 3 , 26 . (35 ) Di Cicco, A.; Taglienti, M.; Minicucci, M. Filipponi, A. Phis.
Molecular Dynamics Study of Polarizable Ion Models for Molten AgBr
Keynes and Sears introduced the idea of restriction of the time lag and gave several definitions of expansiveness weaker than C-expansiveness.
On sensitive dependence on initial conditions and existence of physical measure for 3-flows
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