Adjective "Seared" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Burn or scorch the surface of (something) with a sudden, intense heat.
  1. figurative 'a sharp pang of disappointment seared her'
  2. 'He bent his head and seared her lips with a kiss that burned to her core.'
  3. 'Flames climbed one wall of the room and I choked and hacked as heat and smoke seared my lungs; blistering my skin.'
  4. 'How will those hardy minions survive the summer blasts of arctic air conditioning in between the bouts of broiling street heat beneath searing serge?'
  5. 'Three years ago, Laurence Docherty's disappointment at being left out of the Sydney squad seared his mind.'
  6. 'The other kind of trailer is the one that knocks your socks off, stands your hair on end, sears the retina and leaves you gasping.'
  7. 'The ball was white-hot, it seared her flesh, burned all it touched.'
  8. 'Even though the sun was near the horizon, it still sent out waves of intense heat that seared the ground until it was bone dry.'
  9. 'He could see the furnaces where he had worked, the heat from the bright, white hot metal searing the faces of the workmen as they poured and ladled it into the casting moulds.'
  10. 'I never once believed I was in the presence of real grief (the kind that sears the soul and burns the heart), just a Hollywood-generated masquerade.'
  11. 'His right leg was seared raw and burned almost to the bone in places.'
  12. 'But underneath the searing humour runs a strain of deep discontent at the lives of the dispossessed in society.'
  13. 'My mind is seared by the memory of our arrival at the orphanage, a group of girls aged 7 to 10, smiling, laughing, waving to us from a balcony.'
  14. 'To talking to Judith for four hours, a conversation fashioned into the searing performance text, voiced by Lata.'
  15. 'These are horrifying times for immigrants, with photographic images seared in their minds of foreigners being burned alive by elated crowds.'
  16. 'The Net doesn't affect us like a searing image on the television, galvanizing a nation.'
  17. 'The following morning, a searing migraine slices through my brain vacated by opiates.'
  18. 'The event was "seared" into his memory.'
  19. 'But the full story of Partition and its searing human impact had to wait for Sahni's celebrated novel Tamas.'
  20. 'Instead, it was seared into the minds of voters that the GOP was the Party of Sore Losers.'
  21. 'This war has already given us searing television images.'
  22. 'seared chicken livers'
  23. 'Season chickens and sear until brown on all sides, remove from pot and set aside.'
  24. 'To ensure its tenderness, the loin was first seared then cooked at a very low temperature for a couple of hours.'
  25. 'Lightly press both sides of the tuna into the sea salt and coarsely cracked black pepper, and sear the tuna on one side until browned.'
  26. 'Season ribs with salt and pepper and sear until golden brown on all sides.'
  27. 'The meat was seared crisp around the edges, with just a hint of rosiness at its center.'
  28. 'New cooks will learn blanching and searing and how to sauté.'
  29. 'The unique characteristic of this charcoal is that it can heat up to a very high temperature, which helps sear the meat and lock in its juice.'
  30. 'This allows food to sear and cook quickly, which augments flavors.'
  31. 'He offers this simple tenderloin - quickly sautéed to sear the outside but not melt the marbling inside - for a special holiday meal.'
  32. 'Dave had dished-up seared sirloin steak, topped with a sauce of sautéed onion, mushrooms and red wine, as an accompaniment to the Merlot.'
(of pain) be experienced as a sudden, burning sensation.
  1. 'As pain sears through my leg, I release the rope and slump to the river bed, closing my eyes in pain.'
  2. 'She groaned, arching back suddenly as pain seared through her side.'
  3. 'Suddenly a fiery pain seared through Cliff's right side.'
  4. 'Sanjeet screamed in agony, pain searing throughout his entire body.'
  5. 'Suddenly a burning pain seared through the centre of her forehead, just above her dark eyebrows.'
  6. 'Suddenly a jolt of pain seared through my body, like flames being ignited.'
  7. 'Pain was still searing throughout his left shoulder.'
  8. 'The sudden attack shocked him, and he felt pain sear up his leg as he stepped away.'
  9. 'Chiren yelled, pain searing all the way up to his neck.'
  10. 'But, before she could even help with the fight, she felt a sharp pain searing through her left arm.'
Cause to wither.
  1. 'Scattered along fertile valleys, between sands and snows, most Afghan people farm land which is seared by 40 Centigrade summers, and is snowbound by the long, cold winters.'
  2. 'Have we as a people had our conscience so seared that atrocities such as this cause not an eyebrow to even raise?'


  1. 'Inspired by this statement, Porter tried to make art out of decay, to make, he explained, ‘the sere, brown leaves of winter’ seem ‘as beautiful as the fresh green of spring.’'
  2. 'Approaching the small township of Pripyat, downwind from the disaster, we passed through a belt of pinewoods, sere and withered, the needles distorted as if scorched by unseen flame.'
  3. 'I saw long summer grasses, faded and sere, and trees shaped by the wind.'
  4. 'He was lying on a small camp-bedstead in a corner between the fireplace and the wall, and in a glass on a mantelpiece was an arum lily, sere and yellow, which drooped lamentably down over his head.'


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. verb (used without object)

6. to become dry or withered, as vegetation. noun

7. a mark or scar made by searing. adjective

More examples(as adjective)

"humanities can be seared."

"tunas can be seared."

"sights can be seared."

"consciences can be seared."


(sear)Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin.