1. A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story.
Particulars which it is not lawful for me to reveal. --Bacon.
It is the greatest interest of particulars to advance the good of the community. --L'Estrange.
2. Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc. [Obs.]
For his particular I'll receive him gladly. --Shak.
If the particulars of each person be considered. --Milton.
Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public . . . or such as concern our particular. --Whole Duty of Man.
3. Law One of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account; as, a particular of premises.
The reader has a particular of the books wherein this law was written. --Ayliffe.
Bill of particulars. See under Bill.
In particular, specially; specifically; peculiarly; particularly; especially. “This, in particular, happens to the lungs.” --Blackmore.
To go into particulars, to relate or describe in detail or minutely.
1. Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific; as, the particular stars of a constellation.
[Make] each particular hair to stand an end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. --Shak.
Seken in every halk and every herne
Particular sciences for to lerne. --Chaucer.
2. Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular. “Thine own particular wrongs.”
Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth. --Bacon.
3. Separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special; as, he brought no particular news; she was the particular belle of the party.
4. Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, a full and particular account of an accident; hence, nice; fastidious; as, a man particular in his dress.
5. Law (a) Containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder. (b) Holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant.
6. Logic Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, a particular proposition; -- opposed to universal: e. g. (particular affirmative) Some men are wise; (particular negative) Some men are not wise.
Particular average. See under Average.
Particular Baptist, one of a branch of the Baptist denomination the members of which hold the doctrine of a particular or individual election and reprobation.
Particular lien Law, a lien, or a right to retain a thing, for some charge or claim growing out of, or connected with, that particular thing.
Particular redemption, the doctrine that the purpose, act, and provisions of redemption are restricted to a limited number of the human race. See Calvinism.
Syn: -- Minute; individual; respective; appropriate; peculiar; especial; exact; specific; precise; critical; circumstantial. See Minute.
adj 1: unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the
particular demands of the job"; "has a paraticular
preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of
sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to
Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the
special features of a computer"; "my own special
chair" [syn: particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)]
2: separate and distinct from others; "an exception in this
particular case" [syn: particular(a)]
3: separate and distinct from others of the same group or
category; "interested in one particular artist"; "a man
who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with
him" [syn: particular(a)]
4: surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid
especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a
matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special
occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's
so special about the year 2000?" [syn: especial(a), exceptional,
5: first and most important; "his special interest is music";
"she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her
volunteer work" [syn: special]
6: exacting especially about details; "a finicky eater"; "fussy
about clothes"; "very particular about how her food was
prepared" [syn: finical, finicky, fussy]
7: providing specific details or circumstances; "a particular
description of the room" [syn: particular(a)]
n 1: a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always
reasons from the particular to the general" [syn: specific]
[ant: general, general]
2: a small part that can be considered separately from the
whole; "it was perfect in all details" [syn: detail, item]