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sear
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Definition burn the surface with intense heat; or burn something unpleasant into memory

Much more rarely, sear can refer to part of a gun.
  • She seared the steak.
seared = with the surface burned by intense heat
  • seared tuna
  • seared upon my heart and soul
  • At once, a needle-sharp pain seared across Harry's scar; his head felt as though it was about to split in two
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • seared = burned
  • The corrosive spray that hit his face seared into his lungs and eyes, blinding him.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • seared = burned
  • That summer was a scorcher, maybe the worst in all the years we'd lived in that valley desert, which our town would've been if the irrigation pumped in from the Sierra were turned off. I could tell how searing it was by the dragged-out way my mom's roses drooped every morning after I watered them.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • searing = burning hot
  • Under all his deathly pallor, and the blood, and the iron of seared cheek and lined brow, worked a great change.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • There is a blinding flash, a pain that rips through me for one searing instant, a silent scream from my broken body.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • He could see Meo's garden patch, weedy but still with the mark of Meo's hand upon it, withering in the searing heat.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • But when she let me go, I made my final move—the one I'd planned since the white-hot familiar sensation had seared the skin on my back.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • The hedge creatures were all in their original positions, but they were denuded, blackened, seared.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • At length for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • In the shadows, she stumbled again over a half-decayed tree trunk and felt a searing pain in her foot.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Eyes wide, I fling my right arm over my shoulder, forcing a searing pain through my body, and fire three times behind me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • A sudden, searing pain in my right leg.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • "Alas," said Monte Cristo, "your words sear and embitter my heart, the more so as you have every reason to hate me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Max stretched his neck away from the searching talons and focused on his uninjured right hand; he felt searing blue flame ignite and writhe around it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • O, the dull devil Was in this brain of mine, when I devised it, And Mosca gave it second; he must now Help to sear up this vein, or we bleed dead.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • As Miro started after her, a searing pain shot through the calf of his left leg.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • I bury my head into her hair and breathe the smell of her, of the New York City night that's seared into her.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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