AskDefine | Define singe

Dictionary Definition

singe n : a surface burn [syn: scorch]

Verb

1 burn superficially or lightly; "I singed my eyebrows" [syn: swinge]
2 become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames" [syn: scorch, sear]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

sencgan.

Pronunciation

  • /sɪnʤ/

Verb

  1. To burn slightly.

Synonyms

Translations

to burn slightly

Noun

  1. A burning of the surface; a slight burn.

References

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French

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Extensive Definition

A singe is a slight scorching, burn or treatment with flame. This is especially done to hair.

Accidental

Singeing of hair results from exposure to extreme heat or flame, for example, when lighting a gas fire.

Hairdressing

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.

Food

Poultry and pork is singed to remove stub feathers and bristles.

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