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Meaning of singular by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English singuler, from Old French, from Latin singularis ( “alone of its kind” ), from Latin singulus ( “single” ) .


    singular ( comparative more singular, superlative most singular )

    1. Being only one of a larger population .
      A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon .
    2. Being the only one of the kind; unique .
    3. Distinguished by superiority, coming across as such .
    4. Being out of the ordinary, coming across as such .
    5. ( grammar ) Referring to only one thing or person .
    6. ( linear algebra, of matrix ) Having no inverse .
    7. ( linear algebra, of transformation ) Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero .



    Derived terms


    singular ( plural: singulars )

    1. ( grammar ) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing .


    External links

    • singular in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • singular in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • singular at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Explanation of singular by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being a single and separate person or thing

    2. can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?
      every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind-William James
    3. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

    4. singular behavior
    5. unusual or striking

    6. such poise is singular in one so young
    7. grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit

    8. composed of one member, set, or kind

    9. the single one of its kind

    10. a singular example
    1. the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton

    Definition of singular by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Singular ( sĭṉgulẽr ), a. [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See Single, a.]
      1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.] Bacon.

      And God forbid that all a company

      Should rue a singular man's folly. Chaucer.

      2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single. [Obs.]

      To try the matter thus together in a singular combat. Holinshed.

      3. ( Logic ) Existing by itself; single; individual.

      The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound. I. Watts.

      4. ( Law ) Each; individual; as, “to convey several parcels of land, all and singular”.

      5. ( Gram. ) Denoting one person or thing; as, “the singular number”; -- opposed to dual and plural.

      6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, “a singular phenomenon”.

      So singular a sadness

      Must have a cause as strange as the effect. Denham.

      7. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, “a man of singular gravity or attainments”.

      8. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure.

      His zeal

      None seconded, as out of season judged,

      Or singular and rash. Milton.

      To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise. Tillotson.

      9. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.

      These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind. Addison.

      Singular point in a curve ( Math. ), a point at which the curve possesses some peculiar properties not possessed by other points of the curve, as a cusp point, or a multiple point. -- Singular proposition ( Logic ), a proposition having as its subject a singular term, or a common term limited to an individual by means of a singular sign. Whately. -- Singular succession ( Civil Law ), division among individual successors, as distinguished from universal succession, by which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in mass. -- Singular term ( Logic ), a term which represents or stands for a single individual.

      Syn. -- Unexampled; unprecedented; eminent; extraordinary; remarkable; uncommon; rare; unusual; peculiar; strange; odd; eccentric; fantastic.

    2. Singular, n.
      1. An individual instance; a particular. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.

      2. ( Gram ) The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.