-verb (used with object)
1. to burn or char the surface of.
2. to mark with a branding iron.
3. to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully.
4. to make callous or unfeeling; harden.
5. to dry up or wither; parch.
-verb (used without object)
6. to become dry or withered, as vegetation.
7. a mark or scar made by searing.
8. Also sere . dry; withered.