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also sin·gle·han·ded (sĭng′gəl-hăn′dĭd)
1. Working or done without help; unassisted.
2. Intended for use with one hand.
3. Having or using only one hand.
4. Nautical Of, being, or restricted to a one-person sailing crew.
In a single-handed manner.

sin′gle-hand′ed·ly adv.
sin′gle-hand′ed·ness n.


adj, adv
1. unaided or working alone: a single-handed crossing of the Atlantic.
2. having or operated by one hand or one person only
ˌsingle-ˈhandedly adv
ˌsingle-ˈhandedness n


1. accomplished or done by one person alone.
2. by one's own effort; unaided.
3. using only one hand.
4. by oneself; alone; without aid: She built the garage single-handed.
sin′gle-hand′ed•ly, adv.
sin′gle-hand′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.single-handed - unsupported by other peoplesingle-handed - unsupported by other people    
unsupported - not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid; "unsupported accusations"
2.single-handed - without help from others; "a single-handed accomplishment"
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
Adv.1.single-handed - without assistance; "I built this house single-handedly"


adverb unaided, on your own, by yourself, alone, independently, solo, without help, unassisted, under your own steam I brought up my seven children single-handed.


[ˌsɪŋglˈhændɪd] ADJ & ADVsin ayuda


1. adj (voyage) → solitario/a; (achievement) → fatto/a da solo/a
2. advda solo/a, senza aiuto


(ˈsiŋgl) adjective
1. one only. The spider hung on a single thread.
2. for one person only. a single bed/mattress.
3. unmarried. a single person.
4. for or in one direction only. a single ticket/journey/fare.
1. a gramophone record with only one tune or song on each side. This group have just brought out a new single.
2. a one-way ticket.
ˈsingleness noun
ˈsingles noun plural
1. (also noun singular) in tennis etc, a match or matches with only one player on each side. The men's singles are being played this week; (also adjective) a singles match.
2. (especially American) unmarried (usually young) people. a bar for singles; (also adjective) a singles holiday/club.
ˈsingly adverb
one by one; separately. They came all together, but they left singly.
ˌsingle-ˈbreasted adjective
(of a coat, jacket etc) having only one row of buttons. a single-breasted tweed suit.
ˌsingle-ˈdecker noun, adjective
(a bus etc) having only one deck or level. a single-decker (bus).
ˌsingle-ˈhanded adjective, adverb
working etc by oneself, without help. He runs the restaurant single-handed; single-handed efforts.
single ˈparent noun
a mother or father who brings up a child or children on her or his own. a single-parent family.
single out
to choose or pick out for special treatment. He was singled out to receive special thanks for his help.
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