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singe

[ sinj ]
/ sɪndʒ /
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verb (used with object), singed, singe·ing.

to burn superficially or slightly; scorch.
to burn the ends, projections, nap, or the like, of (hair, cloth, etc.).
to subject (the carcass of an animal or bird) to flame in order to remove hair, bristles, feathers, etc.

noun

a superficial burn.
the act of singeing.

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Origin of singe

before 1000; Middle English sengen (v.), Old English sencgan; cognate with Dutch zengen,German sengen; akin to Old Norse sangr singed, burnt
1. See burn1.
singe·ing·ly, adverbun·singed, adjective
singeing , singing
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British Dictionary definitions for singe

singe
/ (sɪndʒ) /

verb singes, singeing or singed

to burn or be burnt superficially; scorchto singe one's clothes
(tr) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)
(tr) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair

noun

a superficial burn
Old English sengan; related to Middle High German sengen to singe, Dutch sengel spark, Norwegian sengla to smell of burning, Swedish sjängla to singe, Icelandic sāngr
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