Definition of singe :
1. A burning of the surface; a slight burn.
2. To burn slightly or superficially; to burn the surface of; to burn the ends or outside of; as, to singe the hair or the skin.
3. To remove the hair or down from ( a plucked chicken or the like) by passing it over a flame.
4. To remove the nap of ( cloth), by passing it rapidly over a red- hot bar, or over a flame, preliminary to dyeing it.
heat (part of speech: verb)
- While he had it over the fire to singe, his dead brother's spirit came to him. - "Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore", Fay-Cooper Cole.
- Most native hunters always singe a tiger's whiskers to prevent his ghost from haunting them. - "The Jungle Book", Rudyard Kipling.
- Pluck the bird, carefully draw, and singe it with a piece of white paper, wash it inside and out, and wipe it thoroughly dry with a cloth. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.