singular

See also: Singular, singulár, and singulär

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • sg. (abbreviation)

EtymologyEdit

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

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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.
    Synonym: individual
    Antonym: general
  2. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
    She has a singular personality.
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      The busts [] of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind.
    • 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; Charles Cowden Clarke, editor, The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer. [] , volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), 2nd edition, Edinburgh: James Nichol; London: James Nisbet & Co.; Dublin: W. Robertson, 1860, OCLC 752865638:
      And God forbid that all a company / Should rue a singular manne's folly.
    • 1620, Francis Bacon, Novum Organum
      singular instances
    Synonym: unique
  3. Distinguished by superiority: peerless, unmatched, eminent, exceptional, extraordinary.
    a man of singular gravity or attainments
    Synonyms: exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable
  4. Out of the ordinary; curious.
    It was very singular; I don't know why he did it.
    Synonyms: curious, eccentric, funny, odd, peculiar, rum, rummy, strange, unusual
  5. (grammar) Referring to only one thing or person.
    Antonym: plural
  6. (linear algebra, of matrix) Having no inverse.
    Synonym: non-invertible
    Antonyms: invertible, non-singular
  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.

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NounEdit

singular (plural singulars)

  1. (grammar) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing.
    Antonym: plural
  2. (logic) That which is not general; a specific determinate instance.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris. Doublet of senglar.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

singular (masculine and feminine plural singulars)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris.

AdjectiveEdit

singular m or f (plural singulares)

  1. (grammar) singular

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris. Doublet of senheiro.

AdjectiveEdit

singular m or f (plural singulares, comparable)

  1. singular (being the only one of a kind)
    Synonym: único
  2. (grammar) singular (referring to only one thing)
    Antonym: plural

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NounEdit

singular m (plural singulares)

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

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris.

NounEdit

sȉngulār m (Cyrillic spelling си̏нгула̄р)

  1. singular
    Synonym: jednìna

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin singulāris. Doublet of señero.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /sinɡuˈlaɾ/, [sĩŋɡuˈlaɾ]

AdjectiveEdit

singular (plural singulares)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural
  2. odd, peculiar

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NounEdit

singular m (plural singulares)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural

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