verb (singes, singeing, singed)[with object]
- 1Burn (something) superficially or lightly: the fire had singed his eyebrows (as adjective singed) a smell of singed feathersMore example sentences
- Try not to set your sheets on fire or singe your eyebrows.
- ‘The inside wall was slightly singed but the fire brigade said I had been minutes away from losing the entire flat,’ he said.
- The fire also singed a turret of Holy Trinity Cathedral on Hart Street.
- 1.1 [no object] Be burned superficially: the heat was so intense I could feel the hairs on my hands singeMore example sentences
- That's right, it's because we're human… we bleed when we're cut, we singe when we're burnt, and it all leaves so many little dents and scars.
- It singed and burned like hell itself, yet she did not flinch.
- In places the fabric had singed.
- 1.2Burn the bristles or down off (the carcass of a pig or fowl) to prepare it for cooking.More example sentences
- After the pig had been bled, it was scalded or singed to loosen the bristles, which were scraped off.
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- A superficial burn.More example sentences
- The woman, aged 39, was able to walk to the ambulance before being taken to hospital with minor burns and singes.
- There wasn't a scratch or a singe on any of the vehicles.
- Some have black singes in the shape of half rings while others have complete crop circles scorched in, much like the markings on a perfectly seared scallop.
Old English sencgan; related to Dutch zengen.