Meaning of SINGE in English


I. singe 1 /sɪndʒ/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle singed , present participle singeing ) [intransitive and transitive]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: sengan ]

to burn the surface of something slightly, or to be burned slightly:

The flames had singed her hair.

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■ to burn something

▪ burn to damage or destroy something with fire or heat:

She lit a fire and burned his letters one by one.

▪ set fire to something ( also set something on fire ) to make something start burning so that it gets damaged:

Vandals set fire to an empty warehouse.


Teresa wondered if the burning log might set fire to the curtains.


The Vikings attacked villages along the coast and set them on fire.


Sparks from the fireplace could easily set the curtains on fire.

▪ scorch to damage the surface of something by burning it so that a dark mark is left on it:

Having the iron on a very high heat can scorch the fabric.


The heater was left on all night and it scorched the wall.

▪ singe /sɪndʒ/ to damage hair, wool, paper etc by burning it slightly so that the ends or edges are burnt:

The flames were hot enough to singe your eyebrows.

▪ scald to burn your skin with very hot liquid or steam:

The coffee was so hot it nearly scalded his tongue.


It’s easy to knock a pan off the stove and scald yourself.


He was scalded by steam escaping from the broken pipe.

▪ ignite technical to make something start to burn, especially something that burns easily such as a gas or chemical:

The gas is ignited by an electrical spark.


It appears he threw away a lit cigarette which ignited the petrol spilt on the ground.

II. singe 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a mark on the surface of something where it has been burned slightly

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