1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.
No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest. --Pope.
2. Alone; having no companion.
Who single hast maintained,
Against revolted multitudes, the cause
Of truth. --Milton.
3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. --Shak.
Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.
4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat.
These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .
Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight. --Milton.
6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound. --I. Watts.
7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
I speak it with a single heart. --Shak.
8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]
He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice. --Beau. & Fl.
Single ale, Single beer, or Single drink, small ale, etc., as contrasted with double ale, etc., which is stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.
Single bill Law, a written engagement, generally under seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty. --Burril.
Single court Lawn Tennis, a court laid out for only two players.
Single-cut file. See the Note under 4th File.
Single entry. See under Bookkeeping.
Single file. See under 1st File.
Single flower Bot., a flower with but one set of petals, as a wild rose.
Single knot. See Illust. under Knot.
Single whip Naut., a single rope running through a fixed block.
Sin·gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Singled p. pr. & vb. n. Singling ]
1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate.
Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark. --Bacon.
His blood! she faintly screamed her mind
Still singling one from all mankind. --More.
2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]
An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker.
3. To take alone, or one by one.
Men . . . commendable when they are singled. --Hooker.
Sin·gle, v. i. To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a horse. See Single-foot.
Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. --W. S. Clark.
1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.
2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
4. Law Tennis A game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural.
5. Baseball A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only.
adj 1: existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect
or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower";
"had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a
single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens";
"a single thickness" [syn: single(a)] [ant: multiple]
2: used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of
petals; "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may
have more than one row of petals" [ant: double]
3: not married or related to the unmarried state; "unmarried
men and women"; "unmarried life"; "sex and the single
girl"; "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?"
[syn: unmarried] [ant: married]
4: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an
individual serving"; "separate rooms"; "single occupancy";
"a single bed" [syn: individual, separate, single(a)]
5: having uniform application; "a single legal code for all"
6: not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object
or objective; "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a
single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained
their exclusive attention" [syn: single(a), undivided,
7: involved two individuals; "single combat" [syn: single(a)]
8: individual and distinct; "pegged down each separate branch
to the earth"; "a gift for every single child" [syn: separate,
n 1: a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
2: the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this
number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to
go with it"; "they had lunch at one" [syn: one, 1, I,
v : hit a one-base hit