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singular

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (abbreviation): sg.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English singuler, from Old French, from Latin singularis (alone of its kind), from Latin singulus (single).

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

singular (comparative more singular, superlative most singular)

  1. Being only one of a larger population.
    A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon.
  2. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
    She has a singular personality.
    • Addison
      These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind.
    • Chaucer
      And God forbid that all a company / Should rue a singular man's folly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  3. Distinguished by superiority; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional.
    a man of singular gravity or attainments
  4. Out of the ordinary; curious.
    It was very singular; I don't know why he did it.
    • Denham
      So singular a sadness / Must have a cause as strange as the effect.
    • Milton
      His zeal / None seconded, as out of season judged, / Or singular and rash.
  5. (grammar) Referring to only one thing or person.
  6. (linear algebra, of matrix) Having no inverse.
  7. (linear algebra, of transformation) Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.
  8. (set theory, of a cardinal number) Not equal to its own cofinality.
  9. (law) Each; individual.
    to convey several parcels of land, all and singular
  10. (obsolete) Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
    • Holinshed
      to try the matter thus together in a singular combat

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NounEdit

singular (plural singulars)

  1. (grammar) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing.

AntonymsEdit

  • (grammar: form of a word that refers to only one thing): plural

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris.

AdjectiveEdit

singular m, f (masculine and feminine plural singulars)

  1. singular

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris.

AdjectiveEdit

singular m, f (plural singulares)

  1. singular

PortugueseEdit

AdjectiveEdit

singular m, f (plural singulares; comparable)

  1. singular (being the only one of a kind)
  2. (grammar) singular (referring to only one thing)

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NounEdit

singular m (plural singulares)

  1. (grammar) singular (form of a word that refers to only one thing)

Serbo-CroatianEdit

NounEdit

sȉngulār m (Cyrillic spelling си̏нгула̄р)

  1. singular

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris.

AdjectiveEdit

singular m, f (plural singulares)

  1. singular
  2. odd, peculiar

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NounEdit

singular m (plural singulares)

  1. singular