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singular

[sing-gyuh-ler] /ˈsɪŋ gyə lər/
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.
  1. of or pertaining to something individual, specific, or not general.
  2. (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”.
7.
Mathematics.
  1. of or pertaining to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
  2. 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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin singulāris. See single, -ar1
Related forms
singularly, adverb
singularness, noun
supersingular, adjective
unsingular, adjective
unsingularly, adverb
unsingularness, noun
Can be confused
single, singular.
Synonyms
1–4. peculiar. 2. bizarre, queer, curious. 3. uncommon, rare. 4. single.
Antonyms
1. usual.
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British Dictionary definitions for singularness

singular

/ˈsɪŋɡjʊlə/
adjective
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
noun
6.
(grammar)
  1. the singular number
  2. a singular form of a word
Derived Forms
singularly, adverb
singularness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin singulārissingle
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Word Origin and History for singularness

singular

adj.

mid-14c., "alone, apart; being a unit; special, unsurpassed," from Old French singuler "personal particular; distinctive; singular in number" (12c., Modern French singulier) or directly from Latin singularis "single, solitary, one by one, one at a time; peculiar, remarkable," from singulus (see single (adj.)). Meaning "remarkably good, unusual, rare, separated from others (by excellence), uncommon" is from c.1400 in English; this also was a common meaning of Latin singularis.

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singularness in Culture

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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