- 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.
A single slice of pizza.
- 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 of singleMiddle English ; from Old French sengle ; from Classical Latin singulus, single: for Indo-European base see simple
transitive verbsingled, singling
- 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
- 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 or thing: a single bed.
- a. Not married or involved in a romantic relationship: Once he knew she was single, he asked her to go out.b. Relating to a state of being unmarried or uninvolved in a romantic relationship: enjoys the single life.
- Botany Having only one rank or row of petals: a single flower.
- One that is separate and individual.
- Something capable of carrying, moving, or holding one person or thing at a time, as a bed or a hotel room.
- a. A person who is not married or involved in a romantic relationship.b. singles Such 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 disc, that is released for airplay.
- Baseball A hit enabling the batter to reach first base. Also called one-bagger, one-base hit.
- Sports a. A hit for one run in cricket.b. A golf match between two players.c. often singles A tennis or badminton match between two players.d. singles A competition in which individuals compete against each other, as in rowing or figure skating.
verbsin·gled, sin·gling, sin·gles
verb, intransitive Baseball
Origin of singleMiddle English sengle, from Old French, from Latin singulus; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Not accompanied by anything else; one in number.
- Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now? The vase contained a single long-stemmed rose.
- Not divided in parts.
- The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.
- Designed for the use of only one.
- a single room
- Performed by one person, or one on each side.
- a single combat
- Not married, and also not dating.
- Forms often ask if a person is single, married, divorced, or widowed. In this context, a person who is dating someone but who has never married puts "single".
- Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.
- (botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.
- I speak it with a single heart.
- Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
- (single): divorced, married, widowed
- A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
- A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.
- The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.
- One who is not married.
- He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
- (cricket) A score of one run.
- (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
- (dominoes) A tile that has different values (i.e., number of pips) in each end.
- A bill valued at $1.
- I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.
- (UK) A one-way ticket.
- (Canadian football) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.
- (tennis, chiefly in the plural) A game with one player on each side, as in tennis.
- One of the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) A handful of gleaned grain.
(third-person singular simple present singles, present participle singling, simple past and past participle singled)
- To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out.
- Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag.
- Yvonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.
- (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.
- Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
- (agriculture) To thin out.
- (of a horse) To take the irregular gait called singlefoot.
- To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.
- To take alone, or one by one.