American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being singular.
- n. A trait marking one as distinct from others; a peculiarity.
- n. Something uncommon or unusual.
- n. Astrophysics A point in space-time at which gravitational forces cause matter to have infinite density and infinitesimal volume, and space and time to become infinitely distorted.
- n. Mathematics A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists. Also called singular point.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being singular. Existence as a unit, or in the singular number.
- n. Separateness from others; solitariness; specifically, celibacy.
- n. Individualism, as in conduct, opinion, characteristics, etc.
- n. Uniqueness; the state of having no duplicate, parallel, or peer.
- n. Unusualness; rareness; uncommon character; hence, specifically, rare excellence, value, eminence, or note.
- n. Variation from established or customary usage; eccentricity; oddity; strangeness.
- n. That which is singular; a singular person, thing, event, act, characteristic, mood, or the like; especially, an individual or personal peculiarity.
- n. In mathematics, an exceptional element or character of continuum. in geometry, a projective character of a locus consisting in certain points, lines, or planes being exceptional in their relations to it. (For examples, see
binode.) An ordinary singularity is one of a set of singularities of which all others are modifications or compounds. Thus, an actual node upon a skew curve is a modiflcation of an apparent node, and ought not to be reckoned as an ordinary singularity. But cusps and inflections, as stationary points and tangents, are ordinary singularities. A higher singularity is one which differs indefinitely little from an aggregation of ordinary singularities. (See tacnode.) By an ellipsis common in geometrical language, the word singularity is used for point-singularity, or a relation to some exceptional point. Thus, a plane curve with neither nodes nor cusps is said to be without singularities, although, unless a conic, it has inflections, and unless a conic or cubic, double tangents. The word singularity is also used to denote the number of singular points, lines, or planes of any one kind; also for any number characteristic of a projective property, in which sense the order, class, and rank of a locus are sometimes termed singularities.
- n. Synonyms Uncommonness, oddness.
- n. Idiosyncrasy. See eccentric.
- n. the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual
- n. a point where all parallel lines meet
- n. a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value
- n. mathematics the value or range of values of a function for which a derivative does not exist
- n. physics a point or region in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density; associated with black holes
- n. A proposed point in the technological future at which artificial intelligences become capable of augmenting and improving themselves, leading to an explosive growth in intelligence.
- n. obsolete Anything singular, rare, or curious.
- n. obsolete Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction.
- n. obsolete celibacy
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being singular; some character or quality of a thing by which it is distinguished from all, or from most, others; peculiarity.
- n. Anything singular, rare, or curious.
- n. Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction.
- n. obsolete Celibacy.
- n. strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual
- n. the quality of being one of a kind
- From Old French singularite, from Late Latin singularitas ("singleness"), from Latin singularis ("single"); see singular. (Wiktionary)
“Many of us are familiar with the term singularity with respect to mathematics and space.”
“This singularity is a point in space-time of unlimited density.”
“In astrophysical terms, a singularity is a point in space with no height, width, or depth – often with a whole star shoved inside.”
“The term singularity is an analogy taken from physics that refers to the lack of knowledge that happens at the center of a black hole - its singularity.”
“This notion of the singularity is the most popular (although by no means the only) current theory.”
“Even if Vinge and Kurzweil and all their talk of the 'singularity' is likely inflated, the fact remains we really do stand on the cusp of something unprecedented.”
“- The singularity is near: all the information gathered in the solar system should be explorable by everyone, that would be real value for the taxpayer.”
“The point of a singularity is that you have to get through it.”
“Scientists hold FMRP affects guidance as good as mental recall through regulation of protein singularity at synapses in a brain.”
“The reason for his focus on optimal health should be obvious: If the singularity is going to render humans immortal by the middle of this century, it would be a shame to die in the interim.”
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