singular

[sing-gyuh-ler]
adjective
1.
extraordinary; remarkable; exceptional: a singular success.
2.
unusual or strange; odd; different: singular behavior.
3.
being the only one of its kind; distinctive; unique: a singular example.
4.
separate; individual.
5.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to a member of the category of number found in many languages that indicates that a word form has one referent or denotes one person, place, thing, or instance, as English boy and thing, which are singular nouns, or goes, a singular form of the verb go. Compare dual ( def 4 ), plural ( def 4 ).
6.
Logic.
a.
of or pertaining to something individual, specific, or not general.
b.
(of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”
7.
Mathematics.
a.
of or pertaining to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
b.
of or pertaining to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
8.
Obsolete, private.
9.
Obsolete, single.
noun Grammar.
10.
the singular number.
11.
a form in the singular.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin singulāris. See single, -ar1

singularly, adverb
singularness, noun
supersingular, adjective
unsingular, adjective
unsingularly, adverb
unsingularness, noun

single, singular.


1–4. peculiar. 2. bizarre, queer, curious. 3. uncommon, rare. 4. single.


1. usual.
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singular (ˈsɪŋɡjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  remarkable; exceptional; extraordinary: a singular feat
2.  unusual; odd: a singular character
3.  unique
4.  denoting a word or an inflected form of a word indicating that not more than one referent is being referred to or described
5.  logic of or referring to a specific thing or person as opposed to something general
 
n
6.  grammar
 a.  the singular number
 b.  a singular form of a word
 
[C14: from Latin singulārissingle]
 
'singularly
 
adv
 
'singularness
 
n

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singular
mid-14c., "alone, apart," from O.Fr. singuler "single, separate" (Fr. singulier), from L. singularis "single, solitary," from singulus (see single (adj.)). Meaning "remarkably good, unusual, rare" is from c.1400, though this was a common meaning of L. singularis.
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singular definition


In nouns, pronouns, and verbs, the grammatical form that refers to only one thing. In the following sentence, the singular words are italicized: “The police officer stops anyone who crosses before the light changes.” (Compare plural; see agreement.)

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Example sentences
The well-conditioned thin are made furious by the fatties-the abstemious being
  singularly disposed to fury.
It's a singularly inaptly chosen quote if the intent is to discredit his
  logical skills.
It is singularly well done-quite a model of précis, with a little expatiation
  and ornament betraying the poet's hand.
Deceptively simple in plot and singularly musical in its voice, it is a study
  of the place where our past becomes our present.
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