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Adjective: searing  seer-ing
  1. Severely critical
Verb: sear  seer
  1. Make very hot and dry
    "The heat seared the countryside";
    - scorch
  2. Become superficially burned
    "my eyebrows seared when I bent over the flames";
    - scorch, singe
  3. (cooking) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect colour
    "The fire seared the ceiling above the mantelpiece";
    - char, blacken, scorch
  4. Cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
    "The sun seared the earth";
    - parch

See also: critical

Type of: burn, combust, dry, dry out, heat, heat up

Encyclopedia: Searing