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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 ?
Grandfather ignored her singular occupation and greeted her politely.
It is impossible to say what unlooked-for remark this short and silent communication, between two such singular men, might have elicited from the white man, had not his active curiosity been again drawn to other objects.
The arrangement of the second room was rude and bizarre, but not without a singular originality and even tastefulness of conception.
If any one part of their proceedings can be said to deserve less blame than another, it was the singular indiscrimination with which they persecuted, not merely the poor and aged, as in former judicial massacres, but people of all ranks; their own equals, brethren, and wives.
Prying further into the manuscript, I found the record of other doings and sufferings of this singular woman, for most of which the reader is referred to the story entitled "THE SCARLET LETTER"; and it should be borne carefully in mind that the main facts of that story are authorized and authenticated by the document of Mr.
The most singular part of it, in fact--singular as the rest had been-- was the part I became, in the hall, aware of in meeting Mrs.
Pulling an oar in the Jeroboam's boat, was a man of a singular appearance, even in that wild whaling life where individual notabilities make up all totalities.
Singular as it may seem, Jurgis was making a desperate effort to understand what the senator was saying--to comprehend the extent of American prosperity, the enormous expansion of American commerce, and the Republic's future in the Pacific and in South America, and wherever else the oppressed were groaning.
For some singular reason, an impression seemed to reign among the servants generally that Missis would not be particularly disobliged by delay; and it was wonderful what a number of counter accidents occurred constantly, to retard the course of things.
This information, though easily hunted up, has nevertheless been obtained under rather singular circumstances.
This was very singular to me, and I looked at her in considerable perplexity.
For example, if we conceive the recent discovery of gas to be so much improved and adapted to domestic use, as to supersede all other modes of producing domestic light; we can already suppose, some centuries afterwards, the heads of a whole Society of Antiquaries half turned by the discovery of a pair of patent snuffers, and by the learned theories which would be brought forward to account for the form and purpose of so singular an implement.