Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Withered; dry: sere vegetation at the edge of the desert.
  • n. The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without moisture.
  • n. An intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advancing to the point of being a climax community.
  • n. claw; talon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dry; withered. Same as sear.
  • n. Claw; talon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See sear.
  • Separate; several; many.
  • Safe; secure.
  • n. A claw or talon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English sēar.
From series.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English seer(e), from Old English sēar. (Wiktionary)
French serre (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was inflicted, and endured, by those members of the Special Forces who underwent the advanced form of training known as sere (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape).

    Believe Me, It's Torture

  • Some derived from personal training experiences, including a military program known as sere (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), designed to help soldiers persevere in the event of capture.

    The Green Light

  • Both worked in a classified military training program known as sere — for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape — which trains soldiers to endure captivity in enemy hands.

    Rorschach and Awe

  • Many people assume that Special Forces operatives looked around for interrogation methods, recalled their sere training, and decided to try the techniques.

    Rorschach and Awe

  • Though they were all in what Dr. Spinks afterwards termed the sere and yellow leaf, both he and the good captain really vied with each other in paying kindly attention to their wants.

    Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure

  • He used it three and a half times in the book, annoying me at least as much as Andre Norton's use of 'sere' in every one of her books.

    In Which I Survive the Baton Death March

  • "Yes, sir, I'm a-looking, and there's a heap o 'sere' ood with a bit of

    Crown and Sceptre A West Country Story

  • He had signed on, drawn down his bank account, paid his first wife a lump sum to cover her maintenance and child support for the twins, married the love of his soul on a sere, scorched afternoon three weeks ago, and put the finishing touches on his yurt.

    The Silence

  • We picked up speed and hauled through sere yellow farmland.

    The 12:39 to Matanzas

  • Non posso transport the meno di montare ogni mio movie tutte le sere.

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  • As verb, variant of sear:

    What was cupped in palm and thumb
    seres now under radium.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 23, 2008

  • The skies they were ashen and sober;
         The leaves they were crispéd and sere –
         The leaves they were withering and sere:
    It was night, in the lonesome October
         Of my most immemorial year . . .

    "Ululume – A Ballad," by E. A. Poe

    December 7, 2007