1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.]
And God forbid that all a company
Should rue a singular man's folly. --Chaucer.
2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single. [Obs.]
To try the matter thus together in a singular combat. --Holinshed.
3. Logic Existing by itself; single; individual.
The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound. --I. Watts.
4. Law Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
5. Gram. Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.
So singular a sadness
Must have a cause as strange as the effect. --Denham.
7. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
8. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure.
None seconded, as out of season judged,
Or singular and rash. --Milton.
To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise. --Tillotson.
9. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind. --Addison.
Singular point in a curve Math., a point at which the curve possesses some peculiar properties not possessed by other points of the curve, as a cusp point, or a multiple point.
Singular proposition Logic, a proposition having as its subject a singular term, or a common term limited to an individual by means of a singular sign. --Whately.
Singular succession Civil Law, division among individual successors, as distinguished from universal succession, by which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in mass.
Singular term Logic, a term which represents or stands for a single individual.
Syn: -- Unexampled; unprecedented; eminent; extraordinary; remarkable; uncommon; rare; unusual; peculiar; strange; odd; eccentric; fantastic.
1. An individual instance; a particular. [Obs.]
2. Gram The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
adj 1: unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is
singular in one so young" [syn: remarkable]
2: beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious
hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have
some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the
peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely
queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular
behavior" [syn: curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer,
3: being a single and separate person or thing; "can the
singular person be understood apart from his culture?";
"every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any
other fact and sole of its kind"-William James
4: grammatical number category referring to a single item or
unit [ant: plural]
5: the single one of its kind; "a singular example"; "the
unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"; "a unique
copy of an ancient manuscript"; "certain types of problems
have unique solutions" [syn: unique]
n : the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton [syn:
singular form] [ant: plural]