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
- 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
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)