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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 space-time, such as a black hole, at which matter has infinite density and infinitesimal volume and the curvature of space-time 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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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.
I know not how significant it is, or how far it is an evidence of singularity, that an individual should thus consent in his pettiest walk with the general movement of the race; but I know that something akin to the migratory instinct in birds and quadrupeds--which, in some instances, is known to have affected the squirrel tribe, impelling them to a general and mysterious movement, in which they were seen, say some, crossing the broadest rivers, each on its particular chip, with its tail raised for a sail, and bridging narrower streams with their dead--that something like the furor which affects the domestic cattle in the spring, and which is referred to a worm in their tails,--affects both nations and individuals, either perennially or from time to time.
But the last singularity explains the first, as I intimated once before: you, with your gravity, considerateness, and caution were made to be the recipient of secrets.
My attention was so attracted by the singularity of his fixed look at me, that the words died away on my tongue.
Some were wrapped in the countess's shawls, others wore the trappings of horses and muddy saddlecloths, or masses of rags from which the hoar-frost hung; some had a boot on one leg and a shoe on the other; in fact, there were none whose costume did not present some laughable singularity.
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.
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.
Do you know, my dear Villefort," cried the Comte de Salvieux, "that is exactly what I myself said the other day at the Tuileries, when questioned by his majesty's principal chamberlain touching the singularity of an alliance between the son of a Girondin and the daughter of an officer of the Duc de Conde; and I assure you he seemed fully to comprehend that this mode of reconciling political differences was based upon sound and excellent principles.
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.
What the disguise of her lover would be, Julia could not imagine--probably, that of a wandering harper: but then she remembered that there were no harpers in America, and the very singularity might betray his secret.
The singularity of his conduct, however, only roused my desire to discover who this remarkable personage might be, who now engrossed the attention of every one.