A single slice of pizza.
- 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.
- 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 verb-·gled, -·gling
- 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
- [pl.] unmarried people collectively
- a one-dollar bill
- a phonograph record, usually recorded at 45 rpm, with one short performance on each side
- twin bed
- 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
- [pl.]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 . Also called 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
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.