singe n : a surface burn [syn: scorch]
1 burn superficially or lightly; "I singed my eyebrows" [syn: swinge]
- To burn slightly.
- A burning of the surface; a slight burn.
Singeing of hair results from exposure to extreme heat or flame, for example, when lighting a gas fire.
A singe is a treatment available at a barbers. A lit taper or other device is used to lightly burn and shrivel the hair. This is supposed to have beneficial effects - sealing cut ends, closing up the follicles, preventing the hair from bleeding and encouraging it to grow.
Sir Francis Drake was famously said to have singed the King of Spain's beard when he raided Cadiz and burnt the Spanish fleet.
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