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Sear, vb. 1) to burn, to scorch: “the sun that --ed the wings of my sweet boy,” H6C V, 6, 23. “were red-hot steel, to s. me to the brain,” R3 IV, 1, 61. “thy crown does s. mine eye-balls,” Mcb. IV, 1, 113.
2) to dry up, to wither: “some beauty peeped through lattice of --ed age,” Compl. 14.
3) to brand: “my maiden's name --ed otherwise,” All's II, 1, 176. “calumny will s. virtue itself,” Wint. II, 1, 73.
4) With up, == to dry up, to deprive of vitality? “and s. up my embracements from a next with bonds of death,” Cymb. I, 1, 116 (Grant White cere, Singer seal).*
--ed substituted for feared by M. Edd.: Meas. II, 4, 9 and Cymb. II, 4, 6 (cf. Fear).
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