Definition of singe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

singe

 verb
verb
NAmE//sɪndʒ//
 
[transitive, intransitive]singe (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they singe
 
he / she / it singes
 
past simple singed
 
-ing form singeing
 
 
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to burn the surface of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burned in this way He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette. the smell of singeing fur Thesaurusburnchar scald scorch singeThese words all mean to damage, injure, destroy, or kill something or someone with heat or fire.burn to damage, injure, destroy, or kill something or someone with fire, heat, or acid; to be damaged, etc. by fire, heat, or acid:She burned all his letters. The house burned down in 1995.char [usually passive] to make something black by burning it; to become black by burning:The pasta was topped with charred peppers.scald to burn part of your body with very hot liquid or steamscorch to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot:I scorched my dress when I was ironing it.singe to burn the surface or edges of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burned in this way:He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette.scorch or singe?Things are scorched by either heat or fire. Things can be singed only by fire or a flame.Patterns to burn/scald yourself/your hand to burn/scorch/singe your hair/clothes burned out/charred/scorched remains/ruins/buildings
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