from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument. See Synonyms at burn1.
- transitive v. To cause to dry up and wither.
- intransitive v. To become withered or dried up.
- n. A condition, such as a scar, produced by searing.
- n. The catch in a gunlock that keeps the hammer halfcocked or fully cocked.
- adj. Variant of sere1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Dry; withered, especially of vegetation.
- v. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument
- n. A scar produced by searing
- n. Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves.
- transitive v. To wither; to dry up.
- transitive v. 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. Also used figuratively.
- n. The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dry; withered: used especially of vegetation.
- To become dry; wither.
- To make dry; dry up; wither.
- To wither or dry up on the surface by the application of heat or of something heated; scorch; burn the surface of; burn from the surface in ward; cauterize: as, to sear the flesh with a hot iron.
- To deaden or make callous; deprive of sensibility or feeling.
- To blight or blast; shrivel up.
- Synonyms and Singe, etc. See scorch.
- n. The pivoted piece in a gun-lock which enters the notches of the tumbler and holds the hammer at full or half cock. See cuts under gun-lock and rifle.
- n. An obsolete spelling of seer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
- v. burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
- v. make very hot and dry
- v. become superficially burned
- v. cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered.
Probably French serre, something that grasps, from Old French, lock, from serrer, to grasp, from Vulgar Latin *serrāre, from Late Latin serāre, to bolt, from Latin sera, bar, bolt; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English seer, seere, from Old English sēar, sīere ("dry, sere, sear, withered, barren"), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (“dry”), from Proto-Indo-European *saus-, *sus- (“dry, parched”). Cognate with Dutch zoor ("dry, rough"), Low German soor ("dry"), German sohr ("parched, dried up"), Norwegian dialectal søyr ("the desiccation and death of a tree"), Lithuanian sausas ("dry"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English seeren, seren, from Old English sēarian ("to become sere, to grow sear, wither, pine away"), from Proto-Germanic *sauzēnan (“to become dry”). Related to Old High German sōrēn ("to wither, wilt"), Greek hauos ("dry"), Sanskrit sōsa ("drought"). The use in firearms terminology may relate to French serrer ("to grip"). (Wiktionary)