from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cautery.


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  • For this group, Mao is an enduring influence: "Mao is seared in the memory of my generation," says Mr. Jiao, who says he chooses to use a searing-iron as a basic material when he creates his artworks as a result.

    Hit List: From Mao to Van Gogh 2008

  • Out of the thousands of that moving herd could they single the mighty steer that bore their brand, or the wild-eyed cow whose yearling calf had not yet felt the searing-iron.

    The California Birthday Book Various

  • So I might but write it, I would embrace my own portion, the portion of doom; yea, though it should be a pressing of the searing-iron to my lips, I would embrace it; my name should not appear.

    Widdershins Oliver [pseud.] Onions 1917

  • It would grieve me much to hear the searing-iron hiss on your stumps.

    The Lost Continent Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne 1905

  • The searing-iron for doctoring was used, and applied red-hot to the centre of the head.

    The Dog William Youatt 1811

  • This same saint underwent the operation of searing, and, "when the surgeon was about to apply the searing-iron, the saint spoke to the fire, saying: 'Brother fire, I beseech thee to burn me gently, that I may be able to endure thee.'

    The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II. Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History Annie Wood Besant 1890


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