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sin·gu·lar

 (sĭng′gyə-lər)
adj.
1. Being only one; individual; lone: a singular tree in the meadow.
2. Being the only one of a kind; unique: "Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared" (Barack Obama).
3.
a. Being beyond what is ordinary, especially in being exceptionally good; remarkable: "Dinners with [our two friends] became the evenings we looked forward to with singular pleasure" (David Halberstam).
b. Strange or unusual: "I accordingly obeyed forthwith what I still considered a very singular summons" (Edgar Allan Poe).
4. Grammar
a. Of, relating to, or being a noun, pronoun, or adjective denoting a single person or thing or several entities considered as a single unit.
b. Of, relating to, or being a verb expressing the action or state of a single subject.
5. Logic Of or relating to the specific as distinguished from the general; individual.
n. Grammar
1. The singular number or a form designating it.
2. A word having a singular number.

[Middle English singuler, from Old French, from Latin singulāris, from singulus, single; see single.]

sin′gu·lar·ly adv.
sin′gu·lar·ness n.

singular

(ˈsɪŋɡjʊlə)
adj
1. remarkable; exceptional; extraordinary: a singular feat.
2. unusual; odd: a singular character.
3. unique
4. (Linguistics) denoting a word or an inflected form of a word indicating that not more than one referent is being referred to or described
5. (Logic) logic of or referring to a specific thing or person as opposed to something general
n
(Grammar) grammar
a. the singular number
b. a singular form of a word
[C14: from Latin singulāris single]
ˈsingularly adv
ˈsingularness n

sin•gu•lar

(ˈsɪŋ gyə lər)

adj.
1. extraordinary; remarkable; exceptional: a singular success.
2. unusual or strange; odd; different: singular behavior.
3. being the only one of its kind; unique: a singular example.
4. separate; individual.
5. of or belonging to the grammatical category of number used to indicate that a word has one referent or denotes one person, place, thing, or instance, as child,it, or goes.
6. Logic.
a. of or pertaining to something individual, specific, or not general.
b. (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers.
n.
7. the singular number.
8. a word or other form in the singular. Abbr.: sing.
[1300–50; < Latin singulāris. See single, -ar1]
sin′gu•lar•ly, adv.

Singular

 of boars: a pack of boars—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.singular - the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
descriptor, form, signifier, word form - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Adj.1.singular - unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is singular in one so young"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
2.singular - 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"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
3.singular - 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
individual, single - being or characteristic of a single thing or person; "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"
4.singular - composed of one member, set, or kind
plural - composed of more than one member, set, or kind
5.singular - grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
plural - grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
6.singular - the single one of its kindsingular - 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"
single - 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"

singular

singular

adjective
1. Being or related to a distinct entity:
2. Alone in a given category:
4. Far beyond what is usual, normal, or customary:
Informal: standout.
Translations
مُفْرَدصيغَة الأفْراد
jednotné číslo
ental
ainsusmittepööratav
yksikköyksiköllinenyksittäinenainutlaatuinenerinomainen
jednina
egyesegyes számegyes számú
eintala
単一単数単数の単数形単称
단수
vienaskaita
vienskaitlis
jednotné číslosingulár
ednina
singularsingularisunikutmärktenastående
เอกพจน์
dạng số ít

singular

[ˈsɪŋgjʊləʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (Ling) → singular
a singular nounun sustantivo en singular
2. (= extraordinary) → singular, excepcional
a most singular occurrenceun suceso de lo más singular or excepcional
how very singular!¡qué raro!
B. Nsingular m
in the singularen singular

singular

[ˈsɪŋgjʊr]
adj
(GRAMMAR) [verb, ending] → au singulier; [form] → du singulier
the singular form of ... → le singulier de ...
What is the singular form of "media"? → Quel est le singulier de "media"?
(= remarkable) → singulier/ière
a smile of singular sweetness → un sourire d'une singulière douceur
(= odd) → singulier/ière
n (GRAMMAR)singulier m
in the singular → au singulier
in the feminine singular → au féminin singulier

singular

adj
(Gram) → im Singular, singularisch (form); a singular nounein Substantiv ntim Singular; singular endingSingularendung f; singular formSingular m
(= odd)sonderbar, eigenartig; how very singular!das ist aber sehr sonderbar or eigenartig!
(= outstanding)einzigartig, einmalig
nSingular m; in the singularim Singular

singular

[ˈsɪŋgjʊləʳ]
1. adj
a. (Gram) → singolare
b. (frm) (extraordinary) → strano/a, singolare
2. n (Gram) → singolare m
in the singular → al singolare
in the feminine singular → al femminile singolare

singular

(ˈsiŋgjulə) noun
1. (also adjective) (in) the form of a word which expresses only one. `Foot' is the singular of `feet'; a singular noun/verb; The noun `foot' is singular.
2. the state of being singular. Is this noun in the singular or the plural?

singular

مُفْرَد jednotné číslo ental Singular ενικός singular yksikkö singulier jednina singolare 単数 단수 enkelvoudsvorm entall liczba pojedyncza singular единственное число singular เอกพจน์ tekil dạng số ít 单数

singular

a. singular, único.
References in classic literature ?
The only reason why they were ever thus arbitrarily distinguished may be attributed to the singular fact, that their existence was altogether unknown to the world until the year 1791, when they were discovered by Captain Ingraham, of Boston, Massachusetts, nearly two centuries after the discovery of the adjacent islands by the agent of the Spanish Viceroy.
Again, it is certain that the archdeacon had been seized with a singular passion for the symbolical door of Notre- Dame, that page of a conjuring book written in stone, by Bishop Guillaume de Paris, who has, no doubt, been damned for having affixed so infernal a frontispiece to the sacred poem chanted by the rest of the edifice.
To my mind the most interesting thing in art is the personality of the artist; and if that is singular, I am willing to excuse a thousand faults.
First person singular, I do not care; second person singular, thou dost not care; third person singular, she does not care,' returned Tom.
He was about to spring upon the Ass, when the Cock (to the sound of whose voice the Lion, it is said, has a singular aversion) crowed loudly, and the Lion fled away as fast as he could.
No great time was required for these singular facts to rouse the curiosity of the entire neighborhood.
That same day all America heard of the affair of Captain Nicholl and President Barbicane, as well as its singular
The uncharitable were apt to surmise that he had, in the interim, been well used up in a buffalo hunt; but those accustomed to Indian morality in the matter of horseflesh, considered it a singular evidence of honesty that he should be brought back at all.
The officer stated the rules of the post, and refused to comply with the order of this singular visitor.
Methinks thou hast a singular way of showing Thy happiness
Among my headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the Camberwell poisoning case.
This information, though easily hunted up, has nevertheless been obtained under rather singular circumstances.