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sear

SEAR, v. t. [Gr. to dry; to parch; dry. L. torreo, in a diffrent dialect.]

1. To burn to dryness and hardness the surface of any thing; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat that changes the color of the surface, ar makes it hard; as, to sear the skin or flesh.

I'm sear'd with burning steel. Rowe.




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SEAR, v. t. [Gr. to dry; to parch; dry. L. torreo, in a diffrent dialect.]

1. To burn to dryness and hardness the surface of any thing; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat that changes the color of the surface, ar makes it hard; as, to sear the skin or flesh.

I'm sear'd with burning steel. Rowe.


SEAR, a.

Dry; withered. – Milton. Ray.


SEAR, v.t. [Sax. searan; Gr. αζηρεω, to dry; ξηραινω, to dry, to parch; ξηρος, dry; σειρ, the sun; σειρεω, to dry. Qu. L. torreo, in a different dialect.]

  1. To burn to dryness and hardness the surface of any thing; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat that changes the color of the surface, or makes it hard; as, to scar the skin or flesh. I'm sear'd with burning steel. Rowe. 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 making the surface hard. Scorch is applied to flesh, cloth or any other substance, and has no reference to the effect of hardness.
  2. To wither; to dry. – Shak.
  3. To make callous or insensible. Having their conscience seared with a hot iron. – 1 Tim. i. To sear up, to close by searing or cauterizing; to stop. Cherish veins of good humor, and sear up those of ill. – Temple.

Sear
  1. Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves.

    Milton.

    I have lived long enough; my way of life
    Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf.
    Shak.

  2. To wither; to dry up.

    Shak.
  3. The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked.

    Sear spring, the spring which causes the sear to catch in the notches by which the hammer is held.

  4. 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.

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Sear

SEAR, verb transitive [Gr. to dry; to parch; dry. L. torreo, in a diffrent dialect.]

1. To burn to dryness and hardness the surface of any thing; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat that changes the color of the surface, ar makes it hard; as, to sear the skin or flesh.

I'm sear'd with burning steel. Rowe.

Sear is allied to scorch in signification; cut it is applied primarily to animal flesh, and has special reference to the effect of heat in making the surface hard. Scorch is applied to flesh, sloth or any other substance, and has mo reference to the effect of hardness.

2. To wither; to dry.

3. To make callous or insensible.

Having their conscience seared with a hot iron. 1 Timothy 4:2.

To sear up, to close by searing or cauterizing; to stop.

Cherish veins of good humor, and sear up those of ill. Temple.

SEAR, adjective. Dry; withered

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