Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Sea-mell noun (Zoology) The sea mew.
Sea-orb noun (Zoology) A globefish.
Sea-pen noun (Zoology) A pennatula.
Sea-roving adjective Cruising at random on the ocean.
; plural Seamen A merman; the male of the mermaid.
[ R.] "Not to mention mermaids or seamen
Seamanlike adjective Having or showing the skill of a practical seaman.
Seamanship noun The skill of a good seaman; the art, or skill in the art, of working a ship.
Seamark noun Any elevated object on land which serves as a guide to mariners; a beacon; a landmark visible from the sea, as a hill, a tree, a steeple, or the like. Shak.
Seamed adjective (Falconry) Out of condition; not in good condition; -- said of a hawk.
Seaming noun Seaming machine , a machine for uniting the edges of sheet-metal plates by bending them and pinching them together.
1. The act or process of forming a seam or joint. 2. (Fishing) The cord or rope at the margin of a seine, to which the meshes of the net are attached.
Seamless adjective Without a seam.
Christ's seamless coat, all of a piece. Jer. Taylor.
[ See Seamstress
.] One who sews well, or whose occupation is to sew.
[ From older seamster
, properly fem., Anglo-Saxon seámestre
. See Seam
.] A woman whose occupation is sewing; a needlewoman.
Seamstressy noun The business of a seamstress.
Seamy adjective Having a seam; containing seams, or showing them.
"Many a seamy
Everything has its fair, as well as its seamy , side. Sir W. Scott.
Sean noun A seine. See Seine .
[ Prov. Eng.]
[ French, from Latin sedens
, present participle of sedere
to sit. See Sit
.] A session, as of some public body; especially, a meeting of spiritualists to receive spirit communications, so called.
Seannachie noun [ Gael. seanachaidh .] A bard among the Highlanders of Scotland, who preserved and repeated the traditions of the tribes; also, a genealogist. [ Written also sennachy .] [ Scot.]
Seapiece noun A picture representing a scene at sea; a marine picture. Addison.
Seaquake (sē"kwāk`) noun A quaking of the sea.
Sear transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seared
; present participle & verbal noun Searing
.] [ Middle English seeren
, Anglo-Saxon seárian
. See Sear
] 1. To wither; to dry up. Shak. 2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to cauterize; to expose to a degree of heat such as changes the color or the hardness and texture of the surface; to scorch; to make callous; as, to sear the skin or flesh. Also used figuratively.
I'm seared with burning steel. Rowe.
It was in vain that the amiable divine tried to give salutary pain to that seared conscience. Macaulay.
The discipline of war, being a discipline in destruction of life, is a discipline in callousness. Whatever sympathies exist are seared . H. Spencer.
is allied to scorch
in signification; but it is applied primarily to animal flesh, and has special reference to the effect of heat in marking the surface hard
is applied to flesh, cloth, or any other substance, and has no reference to the effect of hardness. To sear up
, to close by searing.
"Cherish veins of good humor, and sear
up those of ill." Sir W. Temple.
[ French serre
a grasp, pressing, from Latin sera
. See Serry
.] The catch in a gunlock by which the hammer is held cocked or half cocked. Sear spring
, the spring which causes the sear to catch in the notches by which the hammer is held.
(sēr) , adjective
[ Middle English seer
, Anglo-Saxon seár
(assumed) from seárian
to wither; akin to Dutch zoor
dry, LG. soor
, Old High German sorēn
to wither, Greek a"y`ein
to parch, to dry, Sanskrit çush
) to dry, to wither, Zend hush
to dry. √152. Confer Austere
] Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves. Milton.
I have lived long enough; my way of life Shak.
Is fall'n into the sear , the yellow leaf.
[ See Sarse
.] A fine sieve.
Searce transitive verb To sift; to bolt. [ Obsolete] Mortimer.
1. One who sifts or bolts. [ Obsolete] 2. A searce, or sieve. [ Obsolete] Holland.
Search transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Searched
; present participle & verbal noun Searching
.] [ Middle English serchen
, Old French cerchier
, French chercher
, Latin circare
to go about, from Latin circum
, around. See Circle
.] 1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city.
the Scriptures." John v. 39.
They are come to search the house. Shak.
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Ps. cxxxix. 23. 2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
I will both search my sheep, and seek them out. Ezek. xxxiv. 11.
Enough is left besides to search and know. Milton. 3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound. 4. To examine; to try; to put to the test. To search out
, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as, to search out truth. Syn.
-- To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry into; inquire.
Search intransitive verb To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt.
Once more search with me. Shak.
It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the matter, and searched into all the particulars. Locke.
[ Confer Old French cerche
. See Search
, transitive verb
] The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination.
Thus the orb he roamed Milton.
With narrow search , and with inspection deep
Considered every creature.
Nor did my search of liberty begin Dryden. Right of search (Mar. Law)
Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin.
, the right of the lawfully commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.
-- Search warrant (Law)
, a warrant legally issued, authorizing an examination or search of a house, or other place, for goods stolen, secreted, or concealed. Syn.
-- Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation; research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.
Searchable adjective Capable of being searched.
Searchableness noun Quality of being searchable.
Searcher noun [ Confer Old French cercheor inspector.] One who, or that which, searches or examines; a seeker; an inquirer; an examiner; a trier. Specifically: (a) Formerly, an officer in London appointed to examine the bodies of the dead, and report the cause of death. Graunt. (b) An officer of the customs whose business it is to search ships, merchandise, luggage, etc. (c) An inspector of leather. [ Prov. Eng.] (d) (Gun.) An instrument for examining the bore of a cannon, to detect cavities. (e) An implement for sampling butter; a butter trier. (j) (Medicine) An instrument for feeling after calculi in the bladder, etc.
Searching adjective Exploring thoroughly; scrutinizing; penetrating; trying; as, a searching discourse; a searching eye. "Piercing, searching , biting, cold." Dickens. -- Search"ing*ly , adverb -- Search"ing*ness , noun
Searchless adjective Impossible to be searched; inscrutable; impenetrable.
Searchlight noun (a) An apparatus for projecting a powerful beam of light of approximately parallel rays, usually devised so that it can be swiveled about. (b) The beam of light projecting by this apparatus.
Searcloth noun Cerecloth. Mortimer.
Searcloth transitive verb To cover, as a sore, with cerecloth.
Seared adjective Scorched; cauterized; hence, figuratively, insensible; not susceptible to moral influences.
A seared conscience and a remorseless heart. Macaulay.
Searedness noun The state of being seared or callous; insensibility. Bp. Hall.
[ Confer Landscape
.] A picture representing a scene at sea.
[ Jocose] Thackeray.
Seashell noun (Zoology) The shell of any marine mollusk.
1. The coast of the sea; the land that lies adjacent to the sea or ocean. 2. (Law) All the ground between the ordinary high-water and low-water marks.
Seasick adjective Affected with seasickness.
Seasickness noun The peculiar sickness, characterized by nausea and prostration, which is caused by the pitching or rolling of a vessel.
Seaside noun The land bordering on, or adjacent to, the sea; the seashore. Also used adjectively.
[ Middle English sesoun
, French saison
, properly, the sowing time, from Latin satio
a sowing, a planting, from serere
, to sow, plant; akin to English sow
, v., to scatter, as seed.] 1. One of the divisions of the year, marked by alterations in the length of day and night, or by distinct conditions of temperature, moisture, etc., caused mainly by the relative position of the earth with respect to the sun. In the north temperate zone, four seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are generally recognized. Some parts of the world have three seasons, -- the dry, the rainy, and the cold; other parts have but two, -- the dry and the rainy.
The several seasons of the year in their beauty. Addison. 2. Hence, a period of time, especially as regards its fitness for anything contemplated or done; a suitable or convenient time; proper conjuncture; as, the season for planting; the season for rest.
The season , prime for sweetest scents and airs. Milton. 3. A period of time not very long; a while; a time.
Thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season . Acts xiii. 11. 4. That which gives relish; seasoning.
You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Shak. In season
, in good time, or sufficiently early for the purpose.
-- Out of season
, beyond or out of the proper time or the usual or appointed time.
Season transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seasoned
; present participle & verbal noun Seasoning
.] 1. To render suitable or appropriate; to prepare; to fit.
He is fit and seasoned for his passage. Shak. 2. To fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate. 3. Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber. 4. To fit for taste; to render palatable; to give zest or relish to; to spice; as, to season food. 5. Hence, to fit for enjoyment; to render agreeable.
You season still with sports your serious hours. Dryden.
The proper use of wit is to season conversation. Tillotson. 6. To qualify by admixture; to moderate; to temper.
"When mercy seasons
justice." Shak. 7. To imbue; to tinge or taint.
"Who by his tutor being seasoned
with the love of the truth." Fuller.
Season their younger years with prudent and pious principles. Jer. Taylor. 8. To copulate with; to impregnate.
[ R.] Holland.
Season intransitive verb
1. To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate. 2. To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun. 3. To give token; to savor. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.