single

Definitions

  • Auger-Bit-File.  Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File.  Three-Square Single-Cut File.  Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File.  Double-Cut File.  Cabinet Wood-Rasp.  File-Card
    Auger-Bit-File. Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File. Three-Square Single-Cut File. Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File. Double-Cut File. Cabinet Wood-Rasp. File-Card
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj single being or characteristic of a single thing or person "individual drops of rain","please mark the individual pages","they went their individual ways"
    • adj single not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective "judging a contest with a single eye","a single devotion to duty","undivided affection","gained their exclusive attention"
    • adj single not married or related to the unmarried state "unmarried men and women","unmarried life","sex and the single girl","single parenthood","are you married or single?"
    • adj single having uniform application "a single legal code for all"
    • adj single characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing "an individual serving","single occupancy","a single bed"
    • adj single existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual "upon the hill stood a single tower","had but a single thought which was to escape","a single survivor","a single serving","a single lens","a single thickness"
    • adj single used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals"
    • v single hit a single "the batter singled to left field"
    • n single a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
    • n single the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it","they had lunch at one"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support
Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above
single rule single rule
Misfortunes never come singly Misfortunes never come singly
Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
A Regular Single-sill or Dolly Kiln Truck A Regular Single-sill or Dolly Kiln Truck
THE SINGLE DIAMOND THE SINGLE DIAMOND
Single Hybrid Tea Single Hybrid Tea

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A single chocolate chip gives enough energy to a human being to walk 150 feet
    • Single (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural.
    • Single A handful of gleaned grain.
    • Single (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only.
    • Single A unit; one; as, to score a single .
    • Single Alone; having no companion. "Who single hast maintained,
      Against revolted multitudes, the cause
      Of truth."
    • Single Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman. "Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.""Single chose to live, and shunned to wed."
    • Single Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere. "I speak it with a single heart."
    • Single Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
    • Single One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star. "No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest."
    • Single Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat. "These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . . Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight."
    • Single Simple; not wise; weak; silly. "He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice."
    • Single The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
    • Single To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate. "Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark.""His blood! she faintly screamed her mind
      Still singling one from all mankind."
    • Single To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. "An agent singling itself from consorts."
    • Single To take alone, or one by one. "Men . . . commendable when they are singled ."
    • v. i Single To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a horse. See Single-foot. "Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single , or to be single-footed."
    • Single Uncompounded; pure; unmixed. "Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
    • single Being a unit, as distinguished from a number: often used expletively for emphasis: as, not a single word was said.
    • single Alone; by one's self or by itself; separate or apart from others; unaccompanied or unaided; detached; individual; particular.
    • single Unmarried; also, pertaining to or involving celibacy: as, single life; the single state.
    • single Unique; unmatched; singular; unusual.
    • single Pertaining to one person or thing; individual, as opposed to common, general, or universal; also, pertaining to one class, set, pair etc.: as, a single dory (a boat manned by one person).
    • single Private; relating to the affairs of an individual; not public; relating to one's self.
    • single Free from combination, complication, or complexity; simple; consisting of one only.
    • single Normal; sound; healthy: often applied to the eye, and in that connection used figuratively of simplicity or integrity of character or purpose.
    • single Free from duplicity; sincere; honest; straightforward.
    • single Not strong or heavy; weak: noting beer, ale, etc., and opposed to double or strong beverages.
    • single Feeble; trifling; foolish; silly.
    • single In botany, solitary: said of a flower when there is only one on a stem; also, in common usage, noting flowers which have only the normal number of floral envelops—that is, which are not double. See double, 6.
    • single In anatomy and z oöl., not double, triple, etc.; not paired; azygous; simple; solitary; alone; one: generally emphatic, in implied comparison with things or parts of things that are ordinarily double, paired, several, etc.
    • single See cell, 8.
    • single (b ) By euphemism, a harlot or prostitute.
    • n single That which is single, in any sense of the word. Specifically— plural The twisted threads of silk made of single strands of the raw silk as wound from the cocoon. When simply cleaned and wound, the silk is called dumb singles, and is used for making bandana handkerchiefs, and, after bleaching, for gauze and similar fabrics. When wound, cleaned, and thrown, the silk is termed thrown singles, and is used for ribbons and common silks. When wound, cleaned, doubled, and thrown, and twisted in one direction, it becomes tram, and is used for the woof or shoot of gros de Naples, velvets, and flowered silks. When wound, cleaned, spun, doubled, and thrown, so that it resembles the strand of rope, it is called organzine, and is used for warp.
    • n single In falconry, a talon or claw.
    • n single The tail of an animal; properly, in hunting, the tail of the buck.
    • n single A handful of the gleanings of corn tied up.
    • single To make single, separate, or alone; retire; sequester.
    • single To select individually from among a number; choose out separately from others: commonly followed by out.
    • single To lead aside or apart from others.
    • single Nautical, to unite, so as to combine several parts into one: as, to single the tacks and sheets.
    • single To separate; go apart from others: said specifically of a hunted deer when it leaves the herd.
    • single Same as single-foot.
    • single To sail before the wind; make head.
    • n single In whist, the score made by the winners when the game is 5 points up and rubbers are played, if the losers of any game are 3 or 4 up: as, ‘single, double, and the rub.’
    • n single In the extraction of antimony from its native sulphid, the manufacturers' name for the first crude product from melting the ore with scrap-iron. It generally contains about 91.5 per cent. antimony, 7 per cent. iron, and 1 per cent. sulphur.
    • n single In golf, two players playing against each other.
    • n single In furniture, silverware, and the like, a separate piece not belonging to a set.
    • n single One strand of sliver, roving thread, or yarn.
    • n single plural A commercial name in England for thin sheet-steel or -iron used as a foundation for tin-plate, having a thickness ranging from 0.238 to 0.35 of an inch, or from No. 4 to No. 20 B. W. G.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The single blade window cleaning squeegee was invented in 1936 by Ettore Sceccone and is still the most common form of commercial window cleaning today.
    • adj Single sing′gl consisting of one only: individual, unique: separate, private: alone: unmarried: not combined with others: unmixed: having one only on each side: straightforward: sincere: simple, normal: pure
    • v.t Single to separate: to choose one from others: to select from a number
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Quotations

  • Richard Crashaw
    Richard Crashaw
    “I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.”
  • Paul Klee
    Paul%20Klee
    “A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.”
  • Martin Heidegger
    Martin Heidegger
    “Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
  • Eileen Caddy
    Eileen%20Caddy
    “A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex, simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus,. See, Simple, and cf. Singular

Usage

In literature:

This deep, all-absorbing, single, wondrous love of woman, is something that man cannot understand.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Thousands of children die at my very door every summer who could be saved by a single prescription if they could get it.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
I would not that she engage in a single pursuit, that shall disqualify her for this function.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
The act providing for gradual abolition, was, I believe, lost by a single vote.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He did not waste a single minute.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
A single bullet would remove a scourge from the border and save hundreds of lives.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Not even a single out-cropping.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The single varieties are not desirable, and as soon as a seedling plant shows single flowers, pull it up.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
The stricken beast made a single plunging dive and then rolled over dead.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
For large numbers the ring formation is best achieved from a line standing in single file.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
A single instant was sufficient.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Only a single one had been observed this time.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The crowd gave a single great shout, subsiding after it into a breathless silence.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A single rope rove through a single block to hoist in light articles.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
By no other single feat could death have carried such peculiar horror to every home.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
As far as her mother could discern, Lucy respected but a single thing, and that single thing was her own opinion.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
There was not a single little smile for me anywhere, not a single one.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Solitude we can deepen by a single volition, and by a single volition let in upon it the stir and noise of the world and life.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
We add it singly or subtract it singly, taking care that everything else remains as before, and watch the result.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
He drew a man's coat with a single dash of his pen.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

From many a distant and colder land
They come and in silence look,
And see by the dungeon the poet stand
Still clasping that single book.
"Tasso" by Alexander Anderson
No answer. Could there only be
One single touch, as friends may give
Each unto each, with "Lo! you see,
I touch thee knowing that I live."
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
I dreamt that moments passed like years
In dumb blind darkness whelmed and drowned,
In silence of a single sound,
In grief eternal void of tears.
"A Dream Of Hell" by Thomas MacDonagh
But, O sweet single heart whose work is done,
Whose songs are silent, how should I forget
That ere the sunset's fiery goal was won
A star had set?
"Autumn And Winter" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
More than when first I singled, thee,
This only prayer is mine,--
That, in the years I yet shall see.
As, darling, in the past, thou'll be
My happy Valentine.
"A Valentine" by James Russell Lowell
(One of love without a word,
Wan to look upon,
One of fear without a cry, Cowering stone,
And the dower of life, Grief without a single sigh,
Pain without a moan.)
"Avis" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Several classmates at my 45th class reunion even told me recently that they knocked my books out of my hands every single day in high school, just trying to get me angry.
SAN FRANCISCO--Toby Boudreaux calls it cooperative single-tasking.
1.6 billion Source: Inheritance, Crime Age: 15 Marital Status: Single Hometown: Dublin, Ireland Education: St Bartleby's School For Young Gentlemen.
Providing Solutions in a Single-Use Biomanufacturing Environment.
Olympus Broadens Portfolio With a Suite of New Single-Use Aspiration Needles.
They were unable to round up a single ass .
The Amazon Rainforest Gets Half Its Nutrients From a Single, Tiny Spot in the Sahara.
You won't have to wash a single dish, prepare a single meal or make a bed this holiday.
About This Episode Three hundred single women and 50 single men all in one room—with Iyanla.
Richard Marx 's first seven singles, including "Don't Mean Nothing," "Right Here Waiting" and "Should've Known Better," hit the Top Five on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
Three single men and three single women from the Kingsland, Georgia, area arrive at their first Lovetown, USA mixer .
It visits every single command and every single area throughout the Navy and its job is to tell us hey when are their problems, what do we have to do to fix it.
It follows her single "Diamond," which became her hit 12th number-one on Billboard 's Hot 100 singles chart last week.
Luke Bryan has hit to top of the country singles charts for the 6th time in his career as ' Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye ' rises to #1 on the country singles charts.
We recently interviewed a group of singles for our upcoming Beautiful People issue (November) and found that many of them are, in fact, perfectly happy to be single.
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In science:

Since the π covers of the spaces are connected the single basepoints give a single copy of Z π in degree 0.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Choosing one single element from any coset, one obtains in such a way a cross section Q ⊂ H , Q ∩ H = {single element}, Q ∩ H = {1G}, Q · H = G.
Smooth Loops, Generalized Coherent States and Geometric Phases
It was recently shown that efficient quantum computing is possible using only linear optics, single photon sources and single photon detectors.
A simple gate for linear optics quantum computing
On average, the calculation of any output 64 bit block requires a single invocation of DES and a single invocation of RC5.
Guaranteeing the diversity of number generators
In the SSS approximation, Eq.(23) describes the dynamics of R(t) in an isotropic potential of mean force βU (R), i.e., R(t) is treated as a single reaction coordinate. A single variable treatment should be fine to calculate rates as long as the effective diffusion constant is appropriate.
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients
This is done by examining the height function: for each vertex on which the function admits a local minimum, there exists a single tiling that can be deduced from T by a single flip.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
A single system is characterized by a single point x in the phase space.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Therefore it makes sense, at the level of a single Green’s function or for the density of states to treat this regime as a single momentum slice.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
To conclude, based on extensive analysis of the single particle spectral functions and various charge-spin correlations in the single hole GS, we have addressed the issue of spin-charge separation in 2D magnetically disordered magnets.
Spin-Charge Separation in Two-dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets
Xm , a single internal node Y (secondary input) and a single output node Z.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
The single electron dynamics inside a quantum dot of irregular shape is chaotic; the level-statistics of single particle Hamiltonian V can therefore be modeled by the Wigner-Dyson behaviour .
Random Matrices with Correlated Elements: A Model for Disorder with Interactions
If this were not the case, it would be impossible to talk about the entropy of a single constituent of the system, or the probability of a single event.
The linear Ising model and its analytic continuation, random walk
As a single site approximation, the CPA Green’s functions are averaged over the randomness on a single site, and so could not handle the effects of correlations between the random potentials on neighbouring sites.
New Real space method for calculation of physical properties of a disordered system
The resulting distribution of folding times is usually a single– or multi–exponential function (in the sense that the concentration of folded proteins in the solution grows as a fuction of time with a single– or multi–exponential behaviour).
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
The reduction to a single point particle is achieved by either using delta functions or by varying the lagrangian with respect to the single internal index, see .
A Fluid Generalization of Membranes
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