What does SEAR mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dried-up, sere, sear, shriveled, shrivelled, witheredverb

    (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"

  2. sear, scorchverb

    make very hot and dry

    "The heat scorched the countryside"

  3. scorch, sear, singeverb

    become superficially burned

    "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"

  4. char, blacken, sear, scorchverb

    burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

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

  5. parch, searverb

    cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

    "The sun parched the earth"


  1. searnoun

    A scar produced by searing

  2. searnoun

    Part of a gun that retards the hammer until the trigger is pulled.

  3. searverb

    To char, scorch, or burn the surface of something with a hot instrument

  4. Etymology: From searian, from sear. Related to Old High German soren, Greek hauos ("dry"), Sanskrit sōsa ("drought"). The use in firearms terminology may relate to French serrer ("to grip").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Searadjective

    Dry; not any longer green. Edmund Spenser uses it.

    Etymology: searian , Saxon, to dry

    I have liv’d long enough: my May of life
    Is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sear. John Milton.

    Some may be cherished in dry places, as in sear wood. John Ray.

  2. To Searverb

    To burn; to cauterize.

    Etymology: searian , Saxon.

    The scorching flame sore singed all his face,
    And through his armour all his body sear’d. Fairy Queen.

    Some shall depart from the faith, speaking lies, having their conscience seared with a hot iron. 1 Tim. iv. 2.

    Cherish veins of good humour, and sear up those of ill. William Temple.

    I’m sear’d with burning steel, ’till the scorch’d marrow
    Fries in the bones. Nicholas Rowe, Royal Convert.


  1. SEAR

    The Sahar Elevated Access Road, abbreviated to SEAR, is a dedicated, elevated, express access road in Mumbai that connects the Western Express Highway (WEH) near Hanuman Nagar junction in Vile Parle, with the forecourts of Terminal T2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The road improves access and travel times between the WEH and the airport. The 2.2 km long access road has 4 entry and 2 exit points. The road also includes an underpass for vehicles travelling on the WEH and a pedestrian subway; as well as an underpass, a tunnel, and ramps connecting the highway to the terminal which bypasses the congested roadways below. The corridor was developed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) under its Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP). The project cost of ₹400.77 crore (US$50 million), approved by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), was paid by the Central Government, the Government of Maharashtra, the MMRDA, and the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL).In July 2018, parts of the relatively new road were found damaged with potholes due to poor maintenance and seasonal monsoon rains, resulting in slow traffic.


  1. sear

    Sear refers to the process of burning, charring, or scorching a surface, typically of food, at a high temperature quickly. It is usually done to enhance flavor, seal in moisture, and improve appearance. The term can also refer to causing a deep or harsh feeling or condition like pain or injury.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Searadjective

    alt. of Sere

  2. Searadjective

    to wither; to dry up

  3. Searadjective

    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

  4. Searnoun

    the catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked

  5. Etymology: [OE. seeren, AS. serian. See Sear, a.]


  1. Sear

    In a firearm, the sear is the part of the trigger mechanism that holds the hammer or striker back until the correct amount of pressure has been applied to the trigger; at which point the hammer or striker is released to discharge the weapon. The sear may be a separate part or can be a surface incorporated into the trigger. The term 'sear' is sometimes incorrectly used to describe a complete trigger group. Within a trigger group, any number of sears may exist. For example, a Ruger Blackhawk single action revolver contains one for releasing the hammer. A Ruger Redhawk double/single action revolver contains two, one for single action release and the other for double action release. A Browning BLR contains three sears, all used simultaneously for hammer release. On many select-fire rifles two sears exist, one for semi-automatic fire and the second for fully automatic fire. In such case, the fire select lever disengages one over the other. Trigger sears are a key component for the trigger pull characteristics. Larger sears create creep while shorter ones produce a crisp pull. Aftermarket trigger companies, such as Bold, Timney, and Jewell, produce products in which sear contact is adjustable for personal preference. When a gunsmith does a 'trigger job' to improve the quality and release of a trigger pull, most often the work includes modifying the sear, such as polishing it, lapping etc.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sear

    sēr, n. the catch in a gun-lock by which it is held at cock or half-cock: a part of a gun-lock.—n. Sear′-spring, a spring in a gun-lock. [O. Fr. serre—L. sera, a bar.]

  2. Sear

    sēr, v.t. to dry up: to burn to dryness on the surface: to scorch: to cauterise: to render callous or insensible.—adj. dry, withered.—adj. Seared, dried up: burned: hardened.—ns. Seared′ness, hardness, insensibility; Sear′ness, dryness; Sear′wood, wood dry enough to burn. [A.S. seár, dry, seárian, to dry up; Low Ger. soor, Dut. zoor.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SEAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sear is ranked #41728 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sear surname appeared 521 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sear.

    82.7% or 431 total occurrences were White.
    7.6% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.6% or 24 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. arse

  2. sera

  3. rase

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SEAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SEAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of SEAR in a Sentence

  1. Alice James:

    Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.

  2. Ted Lee:

    Grilling is all about getting that quick sear with high temperatures.

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Translations for SEAR

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  • Abzugsstück, verbrennen, scharf anbraten, ausbrennen, Fangklinke, einbrennen, ausdörren, austrocknen, versengenGerman
  • fiador, chamuscarSpanish
  • پرندهPersian
  • kärventää, korventaa, paloarpi, polttaa, kärventymäFinnish
  • saisirFrench
  • scottareItalian
  • ожог, обжигать, шептало, прижигатьRussian
  • sveda, brännaSwedish

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