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3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Singular \Sin"gu*lar\, noun

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Singular \Sin"gu*lar\ (s[i^][ng]"g[-u]*l[~e]r), adjective [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See {Single}, adjective]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

singular

adjective

1: unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is singular in one so young" [syn: {remarkable}, {singular}]

2: beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior" [syn: {curious}, {funny}, {odd}, {peculiar}, {queer}, {rum}, {rummy}, {singular}]

3: being a single and separate person or thing; "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

4: composed of one member, set, or kind [ant: {plural}]

5: grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit [ant: {plural}]

6: the single one of its kind; "a singular example"; "the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"; "a unique copy of an ancient manuscript"; "certain types of problems have unique solutions" [syn: {singular}, {unique}]

noun

1: the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton [syn: {singular}, {singular form}] [ant: {plural}, {plural form}]

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