Sear

Definition of Sear

Pronunciation: sēr
a.1.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.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To wither; to dry up.
[imp. & p. p. Seared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Searing.]
2.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.
To sear up
to close by searing.
- Sir W. Temple.
n.1.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.

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