Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being only one; individual.
  • adj. Being the only one of a kind; unique.
  • adj. Being beyond what is ordinary or usual; remarkable.
  • adj. Deviating from the usual or expected; odd. See Synonyms at strange.
  • adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a noun, pronoun, or adjective denoting a single person or thing or several entities considered as a single unit.
  • adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb expressing the action or state of a single subject.
  • adj. Logic Of or relating to the specific as distinguished from the general; individual.
  • n. Grammar The singular number or a form designating it.
  • n. Grammar A word having a singular number.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being only one of a larger population.
  • adj. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
  • adj. Distinguished by superiority, coming across as such.
  • adj. Being out of the ordinary, coming across as such.
  • adj. Referring to only one thing or person.
  • adj. Having no inverse.
  • adj. Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.
  • n. A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.
  • adj. Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
  • adj. Existing by itself; single; individual.
  • adj. Each; individual.
  • adj. Denoting one person or thing; ; -- opposed to dual and plural.
  • adj. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange.
  • adj. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional.
  • adj. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure.
  • adj. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
  • n. An individual instance; a particular.
  • n. The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being a unit, or one only; single.
  • Separate or apart from others; alone.
  • Pertaining to solitude, or separation from others; concerned with or involving solitude.
  • Pertaining to one person or thing; individual; also, pertaining to individual persons or things; in logic, not general; being only in one place at one time.
  • In grammar, denoting or relating to one person or thing: as, the singular number: opposed to dual and plural. Abbreviated singular
  • Having no duplicate or parallel; unmatched; unexampled; unique; being the only one of its kind.
  • Out of the usual course; unusual; uncommon; somewhat strange; a little extraordinary: as, a singular phenomenon.
  • Hence Of more than average value, worth, importance, or eminence; remarkable; fine; choice; precious; highly esteemed.
  • Not complying with common usage or expectation; hence, eccentric; peculiar; odd: as, he was very singular in his behavior.
  • In mathematics, exceptional.
  • Synonyms and Unwonted, exceptional, unparalleled.
  • Strange, Odd, etc. See eccentric.
  • n. That which is singular, in any sense of the word; that which is alone, separate, individual, unique, rare, or peculiar. See singular, a.
  • n. In grammar, the singular number.
  • n. In hunting, a company or pack: said of boars.
  • n. In logic, that which is not general, but has real reactions with other things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being a single and separate person or thing
  • adj. unusual or striking
  • adj. grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
  • adj. the single one of its kind
  • n. the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
  • adj. composed of one member, set, or kind
  • adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

Etymologies

Middle English singuler, from Old French, from Latin singulāris, from singulus, single; see single.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English singuler, from Old French, from Latin singularis ("alone of its kind"), from Latin singulus ("single"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On such accounts, syntactically plural reference is semantically singular; there is a sense of ˜singular™ in which

    Jamestown

  • The nominative _girl_ is here of the singular number, because it signifies but one person; and the verb _writes_ denotes but one action, which the girl performs; therefore the verb _writes_ is of the _singular_ number, agreeing with its nominative _girl_.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • Also by the term singular, I stick to only mathematical definition rather than its physical existence.

    iMechanica - Comments

  • AN amiable enthusiast, immortal in his beautiful little romance of Paul and Virginia, has given us in his Miscellanies a chapter on the Pleasures of Tombs, -- a title singular enough, yet not inappropriate; for the meek - spirited and sentimental author has given, in his own flowing and eloquent language, its vindication.

    The Conflict with Slavery and Others, Complete, Volume VII, The Works of Whittier: the Conflict with Slavery, Politics and Reform, the Inner Life and Criticism

  • The "singular" is shipwrecked (George Oppen) as the world becomes "numerous," and the sonnet disdains its tradition as a monumental form by dissolving in its anticipated new beginnings.

    Passion and Romantic Poetics

  • If anyone wants a real sickener, get it first-person singular from the horse's mouth:

    Lock her up

  • I do not believe in singular happenstance therefore if a situation like this occurred once, it has happened again.

    On Domestic Violence And Guns

  • Yes, esperanza has it right and the RAE agrees. frijol, singular is used in the Americas (maybe only in North America) for the bean plant, the "fruit" of the bean plant and the seeds.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • This a singular is interconnected with a CHS trademark cap.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • Always a large game, this a singular is for a Rose Bowl birth!

    Archive 2009-12-01

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