- The definition of single is alone or having only one, or unmarried or not in a relationship.
- An example of single used as an adjective is in the phrase "a single slice of pizza," which means one slice of pizza.
- An example of single used as an adjective is in the phrase "a single person," which means a person who is not married.
- Single is defined as one, a place for one, an unmarried person or someone who is not with anyone else.
- An example of a single is a $1 bill.
- An example of a single is a travel reservation for one person.
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- one only; one and no more; individual
- separate and distinct from others of the same kind: every single time
- without another or others; alone; solitary
- of or for one person, as a bed or room, or one family, as a house
- between two persons only; with only one on each side: single combat
- of or characteristic of the unmarried state
- having only one part; not double, compound, multiple, etc.
- the same for all; uniform: a single scale of pay
- being a whole, or unbroken: forming a single front
- having only one row or set of petals: said of flowers
- honest; sincere
- seeing justly: to judge with a single eye
- Rare unique; singular
- Archaic weak; inferior: said of beer, ale, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Old French sengle from Classical Latin singulus, single: for Indo-European base see simple
- to select or distinguish from others: now usually with out
- ☆ Baseball to advance (a runner) by hitting a single
- a single person or thing; specif.,
- a hotel room, travel space, etc. for one person
- unmarried people collectively
- ☆ Informal a one-dollar bill
- Informal a phonograph record, usually recorded at 45 rpm, with one short performance on each side
- ☆ Baseball a hit on which the batter reaches first base
- Cricket a hit by which one run is scored
- Golf a match between two players
- Racket Sports a match with only one player on each side
- singleness noun
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- Not accompanied by another or others; solitary.
- a. Consisting of one part, aspect, or section: a single thickness; a single serving.b. Having the same application for all; uniform: a single moral code for all.c. Consisting of one in number: She had but a single thought, which was to escape.
- Not divided; unbroken: a single slab of ice.
- a. Separate from others; individual and distinct: Every single child will receive a gift.b. Having individual opponents; involving two individuals only: single combat.
- a. Honest; undisguised: a single adoration.b. Wholly attentive: You must judge the contest with a single eye.
- Designed to accommodate one person: a single bed.
- a. Unmarried.b. Lacking a partner: a single parent.c. Relating to the unmarried state: enjoys the single life.d. Of or relating to celibacy.
- Botany Having only one rank or row of petals: a single flower.
- One that is separate and individual.
- An accommodation for one person, as in a hotel.
- a. An unmarried person.b. singles Unmarried persons considered as a group: a bar for singles.
- A one-dollar bill.
- a. A phonograph record, especially a forty-five, having one song on each side.b. A song on one of these sides.c. A song, often from a full-length album or compact disk, that is released for airplay.
- Baseball A hit by which a batter reaches first base safely; a one-base hit.
- Sports a. A hit for one run in cricket.b. A golf match between two players.c. A tennis or badminton match between two players. Often used in the plural.d. singles A competition in which individuals compete against each other, as in rowing or figure skating.
- To choose or distinguish from others. Often used with out: We singled her out from the list of applicants.
- Baseball a. To cause (a base runner) to score or advance by making a one-base hit: singled him to second.b. To cause the scoring of (a run) by a one-base hit.
Origin: Middle English sengle, from Old French, from Latin singulus; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
- sinˈgle·ness noun