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SEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sear mean? 

SEAR (adjective)
  The adjective SEAR has 1 sense:

1. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

  Familiarity information: SEAR used as an adjective is very rare.


SEAR (verb)
  The verb SEAR has 4 senses:

1. make very hot and dry
2. become superficially burned
3. burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
4. cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

  Familiarity information: SEAR used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEAR (adjective)


Sense 1sear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

Synonyms:

dried-up; sear; sere; shriveled; shrivelled; withered

Context examples:

dried-up grass / the desert was edged with sere vegetation / shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings / withered vines

Similar:

dry (free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet)

Domain category:

botany; flora; vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period)


SEAR (verb)


Sense 1sear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make very hot and dry

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

scorch; sear

Context example:

The heat scorched the countryside

Hypernyms (to "sear" is one way to...):

heat; heat up (make hot or hotter)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sear"):

sizzle (burn or sear with a sizzling sound)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2sear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become superficially burned

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

singe; sear; scorch

Context example:

my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames

Hypernyms (to "sear" is one way to...):

burn; combust (undergo combustion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3sear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blacken; char; sear; scorch

Context examples:

The cook blackened the chicken breast / The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece / the flames scorched the ceiling

Hypernyms (to "sear" is one way to...):

burn (burn with heat, fire, or radiation)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sear"):

singe; swinge (burn superficially or lightly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4sear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

parch; sear

Context example:

The sun parched the earth

Hypernyms (to "sear" is one way to...):

dry; dry out (remove the moisture from and make dry)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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