• WordNet 3.6
    • adj particular providing specific details or circumstances "a particular description of the room"
    • adj particular surpassing what is common or usual or expected "he paid especial attention to her","exceptional kindness","a matter of particular and unusual importance","a special occasion","a special reason to confide in her","what's so special about the year 2000?"
    • adj particular exacting especially about details "a finicky eater","fussy about clothes","very particular about how her food was prepared"
    • adj particular unique or specific to a person or thing or category "the particular demands of the job","has a particular preference for Chinese art","a peculiar bond of sympathy between them","an expression peculiar to Canadians","rights peculiar to the rich","the special features of a computer","my own special chair"
    • adj particular separate and distinct from others of the same group or category "interested in one particular artist","a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him"
    • adj particular first and most important "his special interest is music","she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
    • n particular a fact about some part (as opposed to general) "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
    • n particular (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
    • n particular a small part that can be considered separately from the whole "it was perfect in all details"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
    • Particular A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story. "Particulars which it is not lawful for me to reveal.""It is the greatest interest of particulars to advance the good of the community."
    • Particular Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, a full and particular account of an accident; hence, nice; fastidious; as, a man particular in his dress.
    • Particular (Law) Containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder.
    • Particular (Logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, a particular proposition; -- opposed to universal: e. g. (particular affirmative) Some men are wise; (particular negative) Some men are not wise.
    • Particular (Law) Holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant.
    • Particular Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular. "Thine own particular wrongs.""Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth."
    • Particular (Law) One of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account; as, a particular of premises. "The reader has a particular of the books wherein this law was written."
    • Particular Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific; as, the particular stars of a constellation. "Make] each particular hair to stand an end,
      Like quills upon the fretful porpentine."
      "Seken in every halk and every herne Particular sciences for to lerne."
    • Particular Separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special; as, he brought no particular news; she was the particular belle of the party.
    • Particular Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc. "For his particular I'll receive him gladly.""If the particulars of each person be considered.""Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public . . . or such as concern our particular ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "mullet" describes a hairstyle worn, particularly in the southern USA, which is characterized by short hair on the top and sides, with very long hair in the back.
    • particular Of or concerning a part; pertaining to some and not to all; special; not general.
    • particular Individual; single; special; apart from others; considered separately.
    • particular Properly belonging to a single person, place, or thing; peculiar; specially characteristic: as, the particular properties of a plant.
    • particular Hence Personal; private; individual.
    • particular Having something that eminently distinguishes; worthy of attention and regard; specially noteworthy; not ordinary; unusual;notable; striking.
    • particular Attentive to or noting details; minute in examination; careful.
    • particular Containing or emphasizing details; minute;circumstantial; detailed: as, a full and particular account of an accident.
    • particular Peculiar; singular; standing out from what is general or ordinary, especially in the way of showing pointed personal attention.
    • particular Nice in taste; precise; fastidious: as, a man very particular in his diet or dress.
    • particular In logic, not general; not referring to the whole extent of a class, but only to some individual or individuals in it.
    • particular =Syn. 1–3. Separate, distinctive.
    • particular Peculiar, etc. see special.
    • particular Circumstantial, etc. See minute.
    • particular Exact, scrupulous.
    • n particular A single instance or matter; a single point or circumstance; a distinct, separate, or minute part or detail.
    • n particular A specialist; one who devotes himself to doing things on his own account and not in partnership.
    • n particular Private account or interest; personal interest or concern; part; portion; account.
    • n particular Individual state or character; special peculiarity.
    • n particular A minute and detailed account; a minute: as, a particular of premises; a particular of a plaintiff's demand, etc.
    • n particular Something specially made for, belonging to, or the choice of a person: as, he drank a glass of his own particular.
    • particular To particularize.
    • n particular A humorous name for a London fog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern U.S.
    • adj Particular relating to a part of anything: pertaining to a single person or thing: individual: special: worthy of special attention: concerned with or marking things single or distinct: exact: nice in taste: precise
    • ***


  • Groucho Marx
    “Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.”
  • William James
    “We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.”
  • Percy H. Johnson
    Percy H. Johnson
    “You are not likely to get anywhere in particular if you don't know where you want to go.”
  • Aristotle
    “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”
  • Henry Ford
    “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. particuler, F. particulier, L. particularis,. See Particle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. particula, dim. of pars, partis, a part.


In literature:

The bird is very social with cattle of all kinds, and more particularly with horses.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
You will see by-and-bye to what particular purposes this instrument applies.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
I pause in this place upon this particular aspect of America because it is very much missed in a mere contrast with England.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Here was a particular opportunity for the Lord to get glory to himself.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
To my mind, the English language is not founded on any particular rules or principles.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
From him, you may learn many particulars occasionally, that will be useful to us.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
So far only particular religions, belonging to particular peoples or regions, have been considered.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
But just at this particular moment I admit December the sixth recalls nothing in particular.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
For each particular in the description he quotes some authority.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The application of any rule will similarly take into account the influence of the particular factors involved.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
I never noticed her particularly.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Particularly does it gain in fervor through persecution and opposition.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
If they have any particular hardship to endure in service, let them see that you are concerned for the necessity of imposing it.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
I have no particular objection to being civil to the Pringles.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
It will probably so continue in the future, particularly with regard to Germany.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
I'm particular about the title.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
The particularization of flowers by Shakspeare and Shelley affords us the most frequent examples of the exalted use of these inferior details.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
He had no particular interest in any one girl.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
It meant much to Lesbia to secure that particular desk.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Designs are mostly geometric, and particular designs and color combinations are associated with particular regions.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

In poetry:

"Release these maidens, sir,
Whom you dominion o'er -
Particularly her
Upon the second floor.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then with the careless energy
Of a dream, the forward curse
Of a cold particular eye
In the headlong hearse.
"Light" by Allen Tate
What though my bodie run to dust?
Faith cleaves unto it, counting evr'y grain,
With an exact and most particular trust,
Reserving all for flesh again.
"Faith" by George Herbert
T was a Turtle, of wealth,
Who went round with particular stealth,--
"Why," said he, "I'm afraid
Of being waylaid
When I even walk out for my health!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
So picture this scene and take warning
Oh Father, stand up perpendicular
And Mother beware, for sailors don’t care
And soldiers are not too particular.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett
"Young man of Latmos! thus particular
Am I, that thou may'st plainly see how far
This fierce temptation went: and thou may'st not
Exclaim, How then, was Scylla quite forgot?
"Endymion: Book III" by John Keats

In news:

Napoleon,'s unknown food critic, put together a list of his top favorite late restaurants for boiled crawfish in the metro area, listed in no particular order.
People who lie a lot also tend to whine a lot, particularly when their prevarications are exposed.
The songs I've chosen for this particular tour are a particular kind of writing.
And the speakerphone, while clear, doesn't get particularly loud.
Suddenly, a particularly large one leapt toward my.
The new device is the company's first AirPlay speaker, and of particular interest after Apple announced the iPhone 5 yesterday.
His campaign said they didn't buy them and didn't particularly care about how many Twitter followers Romney has.
To Robopocalypse, his debut novel of a near-future machine revolution that sets about deleting the human race as if we were a particularly buggy subroutine, author Daniel H Wilson brings plenty of ' bot -related bona fides.
How much are cattle in particular groups drinking.
"I don't think I did anything in particular," Sun forward.
Both areas have fallen into disrepair over the past six quarters in particular.
The real casualties of the Environmental Protection Agency's relentless war against fossil energy use, and coal in particular, will be businesses, jobs and household energy budgets, with few if any, health benefits.
Sure, they split — raising their winning percentage, after all — but they lost to a Toronto team that has mostly packed it up for the season and didn't play very well (particularly early on) against a Detroit team at home.
Seven Wilmington High School staff members are growing moustaches in the month of November for men's health awareness month, particularly to promote awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.
It doesn't blame a particular brand or type of brush.

In science:

The stencil of a particular operator is simply the numerical coefficients associated with an operator acting on a particular grid point.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
This coupling covers in particular the setup in , that deals with a particular 1-dependent environment (note however that we do not attempt to recover here all the results of ).
A law of large numbers for random walks in random mixing environments
Eq. (16)]. A particular case of the above is the crossing powerlaw sweep described by Eq. (13) that contains the linear sweep as a particular case.
Effects of nonlinear sweep in the Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg effect
Recently, a particular lattice topology and a particular constraint were investigated.2,3 We will deal with another particular correlated medium.
On Site Percolation on Correlated Simple Cubic Lattice
We consider a rather general class of statistical-mechanical models in which the variables take values in an abelian group; each interaction term is associated to a particular linear combination of variables, but need not arise from any particular geometrical entity (such as a bond or a plaquette).
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
In particular, they obtain a particularly low estimation for the total local volume density, 0.076 ± 0.015M⊙/pc3 , possibly due to a slightly different determination from local data within a sphere of on the order of 100 pc radius.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
We also only considered one particular though quite convenient way of sieving the model, i.e., one particular class of finite dimensional approximations.
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)
Tra jectories of particular solutions situated on the bound L have with H± -solutions common points, H−–solutions reach the bound L and H+ -solutions originate from them, the surface Z = 0 containing tra jectories of particular solutions is envelope in space P for cosmological solutions.
Non-Singular Cosmology and Gauge Theories of Gravitation
One of the motivations to construct free probability theory, and in particular its entropy theory, was to study von Neumann algebras and in particular to prove (or disprove) isomorphisms between them.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Knowing the set of all possible cone types of elements of a particular group provides information about the full language of geodesics of that group with respect to that particular generating set.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
It corresponds to the following particular model: assume the unbounded L´evy measure of χ takes the particular form: θ/x · Ix∈(0,1)dx.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
The other details, particularly the number of disorder realisations, the simulation lengths and the algorithms employed have been chosen depending on the aim of particular simulation set.
Criticality of the random-site Ising model: Metropolis, Swendsen-Wang and Wolff Monte Carlo algorithms
As already mentioned, the selection of a particular extended partition ˜∆ yields a particular B-spline basis for Sm(∆).
Cardinal B-spline dictionaries on a compact interval
In particular, it is of interest by how much at most the clusters with a particularly large relaxation time (in terms of the cluster size), such as paths, slow down the walk, i.e. decrease the asymptotic decay of the return probability.
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters
M, E). p ) and Lp (M; C n As we shall see below, Lp (M; Rn p ) are particular cases. (d) In Chapter 7 we will also identity certain asymmetric noncommutative Lp spaces as particular cases of conditional Lp spaces.
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability