- 1Burn or scorch the surface of (something) with a sudden, intense heat: the water got so hot that it seared our lips • figurative a sharp pang of disappointment seared herMore example sentences
scorch, burn, singe, scald, char; dry up/out, parch, desiccate, dehydrate, wither, shrivel; discolour, brown, blacken, carbonize; Medicine cauterize• rare exsiccatedistress, grieve, sadden, make miserable/wretched, upset, trouble, harrow, cause anguish to, afflict, perturb, disturb; hurt, wound, pain, cut to the quick; affect, move, sting, mortify, torment, torture, gnaw at, vex, gall
- Even though the sun was near the horizon, it still sent out waves of intense heat that seared the ground until it was bone dry.
- But the effect of her forgetfulness was that her successor, Stephen Lander, took the heat of some searing criticism for decisions for which he had no responsibility.
- How will those hardy minions survive the summer blasts of arctic air conditioning in between the bouts of broiling street heat beneath searing serge?
- 1.1Fix (an image or memory) permanently in someone’s mind or memory: the unfortunate childhood encounter is seared on his memoryMore example sentences
- To talking to Judith for four hours, a conversation fashioned into the searing performance text, voiced by Lata.
- No lip sync for her, only vocals thatsearedstraight into the heart.
- But the full story of Partition and its searing human impact had to wait for Sahni's celebrated novel Tamas.
- 1.2Fry (food) quickly at a high temperature so that it will retain its juices in subsequent cooking: (as adjective seared) seared chicken liversMore example sentences
- This cooking method allows small pieces of food to be seared and cooked very superficially, thus retaining their texture and flavour.
- He offers this simple tenderloin - quickly sautéed to sear the outside but not melt the marbling inside - for a special holiday meal.
- The unique characteristic of this charcoal is that it can heat up to a very high temperature, which helps sear the meat and lock in its juice.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of pain) be experienced as a sudden, burning sensation: a crushing pain seared through his chestMore example sentences
- I nodded slightly, starting to sit up, ignoring the twinges of pain searing across my whole upper body.
- Suddenly a burning pain seared through the centre of her forehead, just above her dark eyebrows.
- A sharp pain seared through my chest that might or might not have been related to being fresh out of a fight.
- 3 • archaic Cause to wither: when summer sears the plainsMore example sentences
- Scattered along fertile valleys, between sands and snows, most Afghan people farm land which is seared by 40 Centigrade summers, and is snowbound by the long, cold winters.
- 3.1Make (someone’s conscience or feelings) insensitive: a long career of ambition, craft, and despotic rule never utterly seared his conscienceMore example sentences
- Have we as a people had our conscience so seared that atrocities such as this cause not an eyebrow to even raise?
- A person with a seared conscience no longer has feelings toward God or His eternal laws.
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- variant spelling of sere1.More example sentences
- But a certain bitter aura also hung about the flower; the last in bloom among sere grasses, fallen leaves, and rimy dawns.
- Approaching the small township of Pripyat, downwind from the disaster, we passed through a belt of pinewoods, sere and withered, the needles distorted as if scorched by unseen flame.
- The flowers will die, sere stalks suggesting bones or ashes.
Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin.