Pronunciation: (sēr),[key] —v.t. 1. to burn or char the surface of: She seared the steak to seal in the juices. 2. to mark with a branding iron.
3. to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully: He seared his hand on a hot steam pipe. 4. to make callous or unfeeling; harden: The hardship of her youth has seared her emotionally. 5. to dry up or wither; parch.
—v.i. to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
—n. a mark or scar made by searing.
Pronunciation: (sēr),[key] —n. a pivoted piece that holds the hammer at full cock or half cock in the firing mechanism of small arms.