tr.v. singed, singe·ing, sing·es
1. To burn superficially; scorch.
2. To burn off the feathers or bristles of (a carcass of a bird or animal) by subjecting briefly to flame. See Synonyms at burn1.
3. To burn the ends of (hair, for example).
4. To burn the nap from (cloth) in manufacturing.
A slight or surface burn; a scorch.
[Middle English sengen, from Old English sengan.]
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