2. (a) To remove the nap of by passing it rapidly over a red-hot bar, or over a flame, preliminary to
dyeing it. (b) To remove the hair or down from (a plucked chicken or the like) by passing it over a flame.
(Singe), n. A burning of the surface; a slight burn.
(Sin"ger) n. [From Singe.] One who, or that which, singes. Specifically: (a) One employed to
singe cloth. (b) A machine for singeing cloth.
(Sing"er) n. [From Sing.] One who sings; especially, one whose profession is to sing.
(Sing"er*ess), n. A songstress. [Obs.] Wyclif.
(Sin`gha*lese") n. & a. [Skr. Si&mtilhala Ceylon.] (Ethnol.) Same as Cingalese.
Singing bird. (Zoöl.) (a) Popularly, any bird that sings; a song bird. (b) Specifically, any one of the
Oscines. Singing book, a book containing music for singing; a book of tunes. Singing falcon
or hawk. (Zoöl.) See Chanting falcon, under Chanting. Singing fish (Zoöl.), a California toadfish
Singing flame (Acoustics), a flame, as of hydrogen or coal gas, burning within a tube and so adjusted
as to set the air within the tube in vibration, causing sound. The apparatus is called also chemical harmonicon.
Singing master, a man who teaches vocal music. Singing school, a school in which persons
are instructed in singing.
(Sing"ing) a. & n. from Sing, v.
(Sing"ing*ly), adv. With sounds like singing; with a kind of tune; in a singing tone. G. North
(Sin"gle) a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L.
singulus. See Simple, and cf. Singular.]
1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single
No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest.Pope.
2. Alone; having no companion.
Who single hast maintained,Milton.
Against revolted multitudes, the cause
3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.Shak.
Single chose to live, and shunned to wed.Dryden.
4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat.
These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .Milton.
Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.
6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.I. Watts.
7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
I speak it with a single heart.Shak.