singe

verb
\ˈsinj \
singed; singeing\ˈsin-​jiŋ \

Definition of singe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn superficially or lightly : scorch especially : to remove the hair, down, or fuzz from usually by passing rapidly over a flame

singe

noun

Definition of singe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight burn : scorch

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Synonyms for singe

Synonyms: Verb

char, scorch, sear

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Examples of singe in a Sentence

Verb

The wood was singed by the candle. the marshmallows got a bit singed over the campfire, but we like them that way

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For instance, the team recently used the structure before a Pearl Jam concert to keep risers on the field from heating up in the sun and singeing the grass. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Moeller opened his door when a fireball engulfed the pressurized cabin, singeing the hair on their arms, legs and faces. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Pilot: 'It was completely quiet' before crash landing," 4 July 2018 Forcing officials to comply with legitimate congressional oversight is far better than sitting back to watch those same officials singe the institution and its relationship with Congress in a flame of impeachment resolutions. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Real Constitutional Crisis," 24 May 2018 There’s nothing worse than seeing the steam coming from your tools and inhaling the scent of singeing, burning hair. Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "The Best Heat Protectants You Can Get for Less Than $20," 10 Apr. 2018 After several years of regaling the leading lights of Restoration London with his tales of singeing the Don’s beard, Morgan realized that respectable society was beginning to lose interest in him. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Island that Disappeared," 20 Mar. 2018 Samuel Johnson, one recalls, a ferociously unsociable reader, and blind as a bat, was constantly in danger of singeing his wig against his candle. John Sutherland, New York Times, "We Are What We Read," 2 Jan. 2018 Gus's chicken comes hot enough to burn your fingers and seasoned to singe your tongue, but never too much. Southern Living, "Southern Journal: My Last Meal," 3 Mar. 2011 Tang starts by singeing the pork belly to remove the hairs before placing it in a marinade of dark soy sauce, sesame oil, five-spice powder, honey, Chinese cooking wine, and sugar. Jennifer Conrad, Vogue, "Slow Cooking: The Retro Technique You Should Revive for Fall," 29 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And on Monday, the European Union proposed new rules to reduce litter in the oceans, including a ban on singe-use plastic items, including cutlery, plates, straws and drink stirrers. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Big food-service outfit banning plastic straws at more than 1,000 U.S. eateries," 31 May 2018 An initial blast singes the material to create amorphous carbon, or soot. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018 Hammond’s Taylor Liguori went 3-3 with two singes, a home run and three RBIs. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Howard County varsity roundup, April 23," 24 Apr. 2018 Marblehead 3, Masconomet 2 — The Magicians beat the Chieftains for the first time since 2013 behind wins from Billy Ackerman, David Grenader and Dan Litvak at singes. Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "Latin Academy boys’ volleyball rolls along," 24 Apr. 2018 States like North Carolina and Florida have a singe countywide district - unlike Ohio where Cuyahoga County has 31 separate small districts. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Vast poverty differences create unfair comparisons on Nation's Report Card," 13 Apr. 2018 Connor Diem led the scoring with five goals, while Hawks with singe goals were David Sexton, Brayden Shue and Austin Borns. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Patterson Mill boys make history with lacrosse victory over Fallston," 12 Apr. 2018 There's a funky lyric video to accompany the singe's release. Kat Bein, Billboard, "RL Grime Goes Pop With Daya on 'I Wanna Know': Listen," 16 Mar. 2018 Iweala writes beautifully about DC (his hometown), and the Nigeria set piece sings and singes. Anthony Domestico, BostonGlobe.com, "New Iweala disappoints after ‘Beasts of No Nation’," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of singe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for singe

Verb

Middle English sengen, from Old English sæncgan, sengan; akin to Old High German bisengan to singe, Old Church Slavonic isęknǫti to dry up

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singe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of singe

: to burn (something) slightly

singe

verb
\ˈsinj \
singed; singeing

Kids Definition of singe

: to burn lightly or on the surface : scorch The flame singed her hair.

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