Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of singe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of burning superficially.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Bucking a seven-knot current, the Pyrenees a mass of flame and smoke, McCoy, his whiskers singeing from the flames, at last finds an anchorage, pilots the vessel into a lagoon and onto a bed of white sand as the sails and masts burn and the men scramble for the boats.

    “Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, . . . .”

  • The toil, the suffering, the monotonous food, the lack of fire, he did not dwell upon, but singeing, that is to say burning down through the eternally frozen ground, was to begin at once.

    The Trail of the Goldseekers A Record of Travel in Prose and Verse

  • The sage is subtle, overshadowed by the roast and hops; the hot peppers reach a crescendo way back in the throat, singeing the uvula.

    Beer: Stone's tap takeover

  • People often ask me whether I believe that cutting the hair and singeing the ends with a lighted taper is beneficial for the growth.

    How I Take Care Of My Hair | Edwardian Promenade

  • I stuck the match under the pot and the gas exploded, flames licking the back of my hand, singeing the hairs and emitting a sour smell.

    Sam In Paradise

  • Lit it with an unsteady hand, singeing his fingers on the candle flame.

    Earl of Durkness

  • He located the Bic and flicked - it angrily sprung into life, shooting the flame past the tip of his nose and into his hair that hung in greasy strips over his forehead singeing the hair ssshht.

    The Sanchez Ghost

  • Placing a hand over the burning flame, getting warm, then hot, singeing with a pain almost too great to bear before finally pulling away, but then going back for more.

    Playing with Fire

  • She held her anger within, poorly; a clumsy handling of a burning ember, singeing the hair off the knuckles of her goodwill. on 28 Jul 2009 at 5: 01 pm Joanne McGonagle

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » On your mark, get set…CONTEST!

  • Back to Mr. Leno, where he was singeing his next guest, 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone" fame, with queries such as, "Tell us about yourself" and "Where are you from?"

    Johnny-Come-Latelies

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  • As by analogy cringing, tinging, binging and whinging. I suppose the deviance serves to avoid ambiguity, but I wonder how the practice came to be such. Most other words ending in eing seem to be of the classes -ieing, -eeing, or rarely -oeing, or less common variants of accepted spellings -- also eyeing and dyeing (dying, incidentally, is quite an odd reversal of the typical y - i substitution). I do think I've seen bingeing in places, however; somehow my certainty of judgment (judgement??) fails me on that one.

    The one exception seems to be ageing, which is a British usage, the American being aging.

    June 24, 2011

  • It has occurred to me that, if this followed common English rules, then the word would be singing...

    June 21, 2011