Meaning of SINGE in English

SINGE

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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THESAURUS

■ 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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