What does the word sear mean?

Usage examples for sear

  1. But every thought of the one woman whose image was forever before him could sear and lacerate his heart almost beyond endurance. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. Like a fascinated bird staring at a snake, he looked at the cold, glittering eyes, the browned face, the sear on the cheek. – The Boy Scouts on a Submarine by Captain John Blaine
  3. When the psychological moment comes there is only to drive home the fallibility of circumstantial evidence and sear those twelve slow- going, matter- of- fact brains with a sense of the inherent perversity of appearances! – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives