Part of speech: verb

To burn slightly; scorch.

Part of speech: noun

A singeing.

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Usage examples "singe":

  1. Already I was over it; I felt the flames singe my hair and saw its red caverns awaiting me, when of a sudden the brutal hands that held me were unloosed and I fell backwards to the ground, where I lay staring upwards. - "Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed", H. Rider Haggard.
  2. Pick, draw, singe, wash, and truss them in the following manner, without the livers in the wings; and, in drawing, be careful not to break the gall- bladder:- Cut off the neck, leaving sufficient skin to skewer back. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.
  3. Yet, reckless as he was, he had still common sense enough to understand that, until he was fairly rid of one wife, he could not expect another to throw herself into his arms, and he awkwardly flitted about her, like a moth about a lantern, unable even to singe his wings in the flame. - "Esther", Henry Adams.