Sear

Sear [ seer ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to burn the surface of
2. (tr. v.) to cause to wither
3. (intr. v.) to become withered
4. (n.) the catch or lever in the firing mechanism of a gun which keeps the hammer either half cocked or fully cocked
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The village medicine man would sear the arm of children with a hot copper strip to protect them from jaundice.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Instead of baking your chicken, we'll sear it or grill it

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