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  1. (verb-transitive) To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument. See Synonyms at burn1.
  2. (verb-transitive) To cause to dry up and wither.
  3. (verb-intransitive) To become withered or dried up.
  4. (noun) A condition, such as a scar, produced by searing.
  5. (noun) The catch in a gunlock that keeps the hammer halfcocked or fully cocked.
  6. (adjective) Variant of sere1.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. V. iii.22 (518,6) my way of life/Is fall'n into the sear] As there is no relation between the way of life, and fallen into the sear, I am inclined to think that the W is only an M inverted, and that it was originally written, - Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies
  2. Sooner or later they would get him, if he did not get them first, if he did not once again sear on their dark souls the flaming mastery of the white man. - Something Is Done
  3. The only gun I know that can be made full auto by filing the sear is the old M-1 carbine. - The Volokh Conspiracy » President Calderon’s claim about “assault weapons”
  4. So while you can put it in any HK type gun, don't put it in something else, like an FNC or AK (it has been done) thinking the sear is a license to convert any gun you can shoehorn it into. - Camouflage ghillie suit for AR-15 Rifle Stocks
  5. I'm surprised at how many I remember, though, because they do kind of sear into your mind, this giant jigsaw puzzle of all the words, forming a picture of an America where, first, we were naming the plants and animals and observing the Indians 'customs, whether they were tomahawks or caucuses. - America In So Many Words


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