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Meaning of sear

sear

Pronunciation: (sēr), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to burn or char the surface of: She seared the steak to seal in the juices.
  2. to mark with a branding iron.
  3. to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully: He seared his hand on a hot steam pipe.
  4. to make callous or unfeeling; harden: The hardship of her youth has seared her emotionally.
  5. to dry up or wither; parch.
—v.i.
  1. to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
—n.
  1. a mark or scar made by searing.
—adj.
  1. sere.

sear

Pronunciation: (sēr), [key]
— n.
  1. a pivoted piece that holds the hammer at full cock or half cock in the firing mechanism of small arms.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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