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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sear /ˈsɪr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sear, Sere a.  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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seared p. pr. & vb. n. Searing.]
 1. To wither; to dry up.
 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.
 Note:Sear is allied to scorch in signification; but it is applied primarily to animal flesh, and has special reference to the effect of heat in marking the surface hard. Scorch is applied to flesh, cloth, or any other substance, and has no reference to the effect of hardness.
 To sear up, to close by searing. “Cherish veins of good humor, and sear up those of ill.” --Sir W. Temple.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sear, n.  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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture;
            "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere
            vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered
            seedlings"; "withered vines" [syn: dried-up, sere,
            shriveled, shrivelled, withered]
      v 1: make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"
           [syn: scorch]
      2: become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent
         over the flames" [syn: scorch, singe]
      3: cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun
         parched the earth" [syn: parch]