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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.
to become dry or withered, as vegetation.

n.
a mark or scar made by searing.

adj.
sere1.

sear



Pronunciation: (sēr), [key]
n.
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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