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Sear \Sear\, Sere \Sere\ (s[=e]r), a. [OE. seer, AS. se['a]r (assumed) fr. se['a]rian to wither; akin to D. zoor dry, LG. soor, OHG. sor[=e]n to wither, Gr. a"y`ein to parch, to dry, Skr. [,c]ush (for sush) to dry, to wither, Zend hush to dry. Dry; withered; no longer green; -- applied to leaves.

I have lived long enough; my way of life Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf.


Sere \Sere\, a. Dry; withered. Same as Sear.

But with its sound it shook the sails That were so thin and sere.


Sere \Sere\, n. [F. serre.] Claw; talon. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English sear "dried up, withered, barren," from Proto-Germanic *sauzas (cognates: Middle Low German sor, Dutch zoor), from PIE root *saus- "dry" (cognates: Sanskrit susyati "dries, withers;" Old Persian uška- "dry" (adj.), "land" (n.); Avestan huška- "dry;" Latin sudus "dry"). A good word now relegated to bad poetry. Related to sear. Sere month was an old name for "August."


Etymology 1 a. Without moisture. n. An intermediate stage in an ecosystem prior to advance to the point of being a climax community. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) claw; talon


adj. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines" [syn: dried-up, sear, shriveled, shrivelled, withered]

Sere (rapper)

Matti Huhta (born in Espoo, Finland in 1976) better known by his stage name Seremoniamestari is a Finnish rap artist. Seremoniamestari is Finnish for Master of Ceremonies. In 2003, he shortened his artist name to simply Sere.

He was the first artist to release a Finnish-only rap EP (Edustaa edustaa in 1998) and the first to release a Finnish-only album Omin sanoin in 2000.


SERE may refer to two related military training programs:

  • The United Kingdom's Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract training
  • The United States's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training
    • "SERE" (The Unit), an episode of the television series The Unit which centers on such a training exercise

Usage examples of "sere".

The silent drama being played out on the lelevision sere en across the room from him--some gonzo was throttg some lady--was a scene Mick would ordinarily have found engrossing.

Facing her, Cresce saw then what she had seen in Hroi Tuel, and later, in Sere: a confusion, a peacelessness.

WIVES IN THE SERE I Never a careworn wife but shows, If a joy suffuse her, Something beautiful to those Patient to peruse her, Some one charm the world unknows Precious to a muser, Haply what, ere years were foes, Moved her mate to choose her.

So the children of the Surma had played and sang for countless generations in this sere mountain region of southwest Ethiopia.

Tall and sere, with dry nervous hands and an unlubricated walk, she had a face too long for her tiny eyes and thin mouth, so rather a lot of it was devoted to forehead and chin.

The moisture-bearing air-currents flowed beside the plateau, not over it, and its interior was pure sere desert in the unscreened sunshine of high altitudes.

Ada worked awhile with the fork to draw the brush together, and when she was done the pile was big as the corncrib and the air was full of the sere odor of cut and withered foliage.

He saw outcroppings of dark, flintlike rock sloping downward to a sere and sterile plain.

The same sere expression had been fixed on his face since Negri had fallen out of the lightflyer.

No one had heard of Los Seres, but they knew the area and gave what help they could.

Los Seres shortly before the Feast Day of Sant-Miquel, at the end of September, just as the land was turning to gold.

Fearing for Bertrande and Harif, Alais felt they could no longer stay in Los Seres, so Sajhe offered his service and they joined the exodus to Montsegur.

And Alais knew, although he had never said so, that only thoughts of Los Seres and Bertrande gave him the strength to keep going.

Alice accepted what she had instinctively known from the moment she had walked into Los Seres and seen him standing in the doorway of the little stone house in the folds of the mountain.

She and that slave had no language in common, except for basic commands and responses, and the Seres girl seemed indisposed to affability, anyway.