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sin·gu·lar·i·ty

(sĭng′gyə-lăr′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. sin·gu·lar·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being singular.
2. A trait marking one as distinct from others; a peculiarity.
3. Something uncommon or unusual.
4.
a. often Singularity Computers A hypothetical future point in time when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence and be able to self-replicate and improve itself autonomously.
b. Astronomy & Physics A point in spacetime, such as a black hole, at which matter has infinite density and infinitesimal volume and the curvature of spacetime is infinite. Also called gravitational singularity.
c. Mathematics A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists. Also called singular point.

singularity

(ˌsɪŋɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state, fact, or quality of being singular
2. something distinguishing a person or thing from others
3. something remarkable or unusual
4. (Mathematics) maths
a. a point at which a function is not differentiable although it is differentiable in a neighbourhood of that point. See also pole24
b. another word for discontinuity
5. (Astronomy) astronomy a hypothetical point in space-time at which matter is infinitely compressed to infinitesimal volume

sin•gu•lar•i•ty

(ˌsɪŋ gyəˈlær ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state, fact, or quality of being singular.
2. a singular, unusual, or unique quality or thing; peculiarity.
3. a point at which a mathematical function of real or complex variables is not differentiable or analytic.
4. a region of infinite density, as in a black hole.
[1300–50; < Late Latin singulāritās. See singular, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.singularity - the quality of being one of a kindsingularity - the quality of being one of a kind; "that singularity distinguished him from all his companions"
individualism, individuality, individuation - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
2.singularity - strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known

singularity

noun oddity, abnormality, eccentricity, peculiarity, strangeness, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, particularity, oddness, queerness, extraordinariness, curiousness his abrupt, turbulent style and the singularity of his appearance

singularity

noun
1. The condition of being one:
2. The quality of being individual:
3. The quality or condition of being unique:
Translations
singulariteetti
szingularitás
単一性単独性奇妙希有特異性
singulariteit

singularity

[ˌsɪŋgjʊˈlærɪtɪ] N (= extraordinariness) → singularidad f, lo excepcional

singularity

[ˌsɪŋgjʊˈlærəti] n (= peculiarity) → singularité f

singularity

n (= oddity)Sonderbarkeit f, → Eigenartigkeit f

singularity

[ˌsɪŋgjʊˈlærɪtɪ] n (frm) → singolarità f inv
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Even had it been under commonplace circumstances, it would have made me a trifle thoughtful; but in the first place was the singularity of an educated man living on this unknown little island, and coupled with that the extraordinary nature of his luggage.
Haredale, my dear friend, pardon me if I think you are not sufficiently impressed with its singularity.
There will be nothing singular in his case; and it is singularity which often makes the worst part of our suffering, as it always does of our conduct.
It was no very easy matter to mistake Newman Noggs, after having once seen him, and as Kate, attracted by the singularity of his manner (in which on this occasion, however, there was something respectful and even delicate, notwithstanding the abruptness of his speech), looked at him more closely, she recollected having caught a passing glimpse of that strange figure before.
We could not complain, and, indeed, the singularity of our fate reserved such wonderful compensation for us that we had no right to accuse it as yet.
Its singularity lay less in the retention of a custom of walking in procession and dancing on each anniversary than in the members being solely women.
And then, the presence of Aramis, who had returned from Belle-Isle, and been nominated by Monsieur Fouquet inspector-general of all the arrangements; his perseverance in mixing himself up with all the surintendant's affairs; his visits to Baisemeaux; all this suspicious singularity of conduct had excessively troubled and tormented D'Artagnan during the last two weeks.
Its long, red brick front with its masses of clustering chimneys, a little bare and weather-beaten, impressed him with a sense of dignity due as much to the purity of its architecture as the singularity of its situation.
Nor was she entitled to complain of any remarkable singularity in her fate; for, in the town of her nativity, we might point to several little shops of a similar description, some of them in houses as ancient as that of the Seven Gables; and one or two, it may be, where a decayed gentlewoman stands behind the counter, as grim an image of family pride as Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon herself.
The singularity lay in the hostile feelings with which the child regarded all these offsprings of her own heart and mind.
The singularity of this step, and above all its formality, had not a little surprised the banker, who had immediately obeyed his daughter by repairing first to the drawing-room.
The bride and most of her company had been too much occupied with the bustle of entrance to hear the first boding stroke of the bell, or at least to reflect on the singularity of such a welcome to the altar.