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solo

[soh-loh] /ˈsoʊ loʊ/
noun, plural solos, soli
[soh-lee] /ˈsoʊ li/ (Show IPA)
1.
a musical composition or a passage or section in a musical composition written for performance by one singer or instrumentalist, with or without accompaniment:
She sang a solo.
2.
any performance, as a dance, by one person.
3.
a flight in an airplane during which the pilot is unaccompanied by an instructor or other person:
I'll be ready for my first solo next week.
4.
a person who works, acts, or performs alone:
He used to sing with a quartet, but now he's a solo.
5.
a person who performs or accomplishes something without the usual equipment, tools, etc.
6.
Informal. an announcement, commercial offering, etc., made to only one person or a selected group of such persons:
Each month the firm sends a solo to its best customers.
7.
Cards. any of certain games in which one person plays alone against others.
adjective
8.
Music. performing alone:
a part for solo bassoon.
9.
performed alone; not combined with other parts of equal importance; not concerted.
10.
alone; without a companion or partner:
a solo flight.
adverb
11.
on one's own; alone or unaccompanied:
After six lessons he was flying solo.
verb (used without object), soloed, soloing.
12.
to perform or do a solo:
to solo on the trumpet.
13.
to pilot a plane, glider, etc., unaccompanied, especially for the first time:
After the course the students should be able to solo.
14.
to perform or accomplish something by oneself.
verb (used with object), soloed, soloing.
15.
to pilot (a plane, glider, etc.) unaccompanied.
16.
to allow (a student pilot) to pilot a plane, glider, etc., alone:
The instructor decided to solo the student.
Origin of solo
1685-1695
1685-95; < Italian < Latin sōlus alone

Solo

[soh-loh] /ˈsoʊ loʊ/
noun
1.
former name of Surakarta.
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  • “Now I will play you the solo to the opera of ‘La Sonnambula,’” said the old man.

    The Birthday Party Oliver Optic
  • Stanton sang a solo, and then all joined in “Auld Lang Syne.”

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • The solo parts in the oratorio are always short and of a reflective character.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • We had been going through the solo soprano parts of the “Paradise Lost.”

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • One of her little peculiarities is a strong preference for solo music as compared with concert.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for solo

solo

/ˈsəʊləʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
(pl) -los, -li (-liː). a musical composition for one performer with or without accompaniment
2.
any of various card games in which each person plays on his own instead of in partnership with another, such as solo whist
3.
a flight in which an aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
4.
  1. any performance, mountain climb, or other undertaking carried out by an individual without assistance from others
  2. (as modifier): a solo attempt
adjective
5.
(music) unaccompanied: a sonata for cello solo
adverb
6.
by oneself; alone: to fly solo
verb
7.
(intransitive) to undertake a venture alone, esp to operate an aircraft alone or climb alone
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin sōlus alone, sole1
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Word Origin and History for solo
n.

1690s, "piece of music for one voice or instrument," from Italian solo, literally "alone," from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). As an adjective in English from 1712, originally in the non-musical sense of "alone, unassisted;" in reference to aircraft flying from 1909. The verb is first attested 1858 in the musical sense, 1886 in a non-musical sense. Related: Soloed; soloing.

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solo in Technology

[SOL (Semantic Operating Language) + LOGO]. A variant of LOGO with primitives for dealing with semantic networks and pattern matching rather than lists.
["A User-Friendly Software Environment for the Novice Programmer", M. Eisenstadt , CACM 27(12):1056-1064 (1983)].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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