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Meaning of single by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English sengle, from Old French sengle, from Latin singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex ( “simple” ). See simple, and confer singular .


    • IPA: /ˈsɪŋɡl/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡəl


    single ( not comparable )

    1. Not accompanied by anything else .
      Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?
    2. Not divided in parts .
      The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate .
    3. Designed for the use of only one .
      a single room
    4. Not married nor dating
      Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website .
    5. ( botany ) Having only one rank or row of petals .
    6. ( obsolete ) Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.



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    single ( plural: singles )

    1. A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B .
    2. A popular song released and sold ( on any format ) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track .
      The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album .
    3. One who is not married .
      He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there .
    4. ( cricket ) A score of one run .
    5. ( baseball ) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base .
    6. ( dominoes ) A tile that has different values ( i.e., number of pips ) in each end .
    7. A bill valued at $1 .
      I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change .
    8. ( UK ) A one-way ticket .
    9. ( Canadian football ) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge .


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    single ( third-person singular simple present singles present participle singling, simple past and past participle singled )

    1. To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single ( something ) out .
      Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag .
      Evonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with .
    2. ( baseball ) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base .
      Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention .

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    See also

    • single in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • “single” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001


Explanation of single by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. hit a single

    2. the batter singled to left field
    1. being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    2. not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective

    3. judging a contest with a single eye
      a single devotion to duty
    4. not married or related to the unmarried state

    5. sex and the single girl
      single parenthood
      are you married or single?
    6. having uniform application

    7. a single legal code for all
    8. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    9. single occupancy
      a single bed
    10. existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

    11. upon the hill stood a single tower
      had but a single thought which was to escape
      a single survivor
      a single serving
      a single lens
      a single thickness
    12. used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals

    13. single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals
    1. a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base

    2. the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

    Definition of single by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Single 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 star”.

      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,

      Against revolted multitudes, the cause

      Of truth. Milton.

      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, . . .

      Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight. Milton.

      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.

      8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]

      He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice. Beau. & Fl.

      Single ale, Single beer, or Single drink, small ale, etc., as contrasted with double ale, etc., which is stronger. [Obs.] Nares. -- Single bill ( Law ), a written engagement, generally under seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty. Burril. -- Single court ( Lawn Tennis ), a court laid out for only two players. -- Single-cut file. See the Note under 4th File. -- Single entry. See under Bookkeeping. -- Single file. See under 1st File. -- Single flower ( Bot. ), a flower with but one set of petals, as a wild rose. -- Single knot. See Illust. under Knot. -- Single whip ( Naut. ), a single rope running through a fixed block.

    2. Single, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Singled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Singling]
      1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate.

      Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark. Bacon.

      His blood! she faintly screamed her mind

      Still singling one from all mankind. More.

      2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]

      An agent singling itself from consorts. Hooker.

      3. To take alone, or one by one.

      Men . . . commendable when they are singled. Hooker.

    3. Single, v. i. To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a horse. See Single-foot.

      Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. W. S. Clark.

    4. Single, n.
      1. A unit; one; as, “to score a single”.

      2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.

      3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

      4. ( Law Tennis ) A game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural.

      5. ( Baseball ) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only.