singular

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj singular being a single and separate person or thing "can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?","every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"-William James"
    • adj singular beyond or deviating from the usual or expected "a curious hybrid accent","her speech has a funny twang","they have some funny ideas about war","had an odd name","the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves","something definitely queer about this town","what a rum fellow","singular behavior"
    • adj singular unusual or striking "a remarkable sight","such poise is singular in one so young"
    • adj singular grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
    • adj singular composed of one member, set, or kind
    • adj singular the single one of its kind "a singular example","the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting","a unique copy of an ancient manuscript","certain types of problems have unique solutions"
    • n singular the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fleshy bulbs on each side of your nose are called the Alea (AY-lee) singular Ala (AY-luh)
    • Singular An individual instance; a particular.
    • Singular Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique. "These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind."
    • Singular (Gram) Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
    • Singular Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure. "His zeal
      None seconded, as out of season judged,
      Or singular and rash."
      "To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise."
    • Singular Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
    • Singular (Law) Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular .
    • Singular Engaged in by only one on a side; single. "To try the matter thus together in a singular combat."
    • Singular (Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual. "The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound."
    • Singular Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. "And God forbid that all a company
      Should rue a singular man's folly."
    • Singular Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon. "So singular a sadness
      Must have a cause as strange as the effect."
    • Singular (Gram) The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.
    • singular Being a unit, or one only; single.
    • singular Separate or apart from others; alone.
    • singular Pertaining to solitude, or separation from others; concerned with or involving solitude.
    • singular Pertaining to one person or thing; individual; also, pertaining to individual persons or things; in logic, not general; being only in one place at one time.
    • singular In grammar, denoting or relating to one person or thing: as, the singular number: opposed to dual and plural. Abbreviated singular
    • singular Having no duplicate or parallel; unmatched; unexampled; unique; being the only one of its kind.
    • singular Out of the usual course; unusual; uncommon; somewhat strange; a little extraordinary: as, a singular phenomenon.
    • singular Hence Of more than average value, worth, importance, or eminence; remarkable; fine; choice; precious; highly esteemed.
    • singular Not complying with common usage or expectation; hence, eccentric; peculiar; odd: as, he was very singular in his behavior.
    • singular In mathematics, exceptional. In geometry and algebra, having peculiar non-metrical properties. See singularity, 3.
    • singular Synonyms and Unwonted, exceptional, unparalleled.
    • singular Strange, Odd, etc. See eccentric.
    • n singular That which is singular, in any sense of the word; that which is alone, separate, individual, unique, rare, or peculiar. See singular, a.
    • n singular In grammar, the singular number.
    • n singular In hunting, a company or pack: said of boars.
    • n singular In logic, that which is not general, but has real reactions with other things. Scotus and others define the singular as that which is here and now—that is, only in one place at one time. The Leibnitzian school define the singular as that which is determinate in every respect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pennies, plural, have value to most Americans. A penny, singular, does not. Almost half of Americans say they would not bother to bend over to pick up a penny on the street, but more than half of us report having stashes of pennies laying around the house.
    • adj Singular sing′gū-lar alone: :
    • n Singular that which is singular:
    • adj Singular sing′gū-lar (gram.) denoting one person or thing: single: not complex or compound: standing alone, rare, unusual, uncommon: of more than common value or importance: unique, extraordinary, strange, odd
    • adj Singular sing′gū-lar (B.) particular
    • n Singular (logic) that which is not general, that which is here and now, that which is determinate in every respect
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Quotations

  • Clarissa
    Clarissa
    “Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    Jeremy%20Taylor
    “A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.”
  • Jean Genet
    Jean%20Genet
    “Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr. singulus, single. See Single (a.)

Usage

In literature:

I then had a full view of them, as they went through their singular performances.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
It was then that I noted the singular appearance of both horse and rider.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Another singular plant is here.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There was but one young fellow who could be said to please her thoroughly, and he was neither rich nor singularly handsome.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
The chamber was of singular construction and considerable extent.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Another singular variety is the dog of Chihuahua and this is, perhaps, the smallest of all canine creatures.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
For a long while I awaited the result, with this singular alternation of contradictory emotions.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
It was at once agreed that we should go still farther down, and endeavour to find a road leading into this most singular oasis.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
The old sailor was at the lower end of this singular series, with the feet of Harry Blount just above the crown of his head.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
It is singular enough that the plague was foretold a year before it broke out.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Singular appearance of rocks.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
It was somewhat singular to have one's humble companion included in a visit to one's self!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
These singular tracts elevated above the level of cultivation are almost uninhabited.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Nothing is more singular at this time than the fear of the troops.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Just as he was pondering over an explanation of these singularities, a sound fell upon his ear, that produced within him a feeling of joy.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
I then had a full view of them, as they went through their singular performances.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It was a remarkable story, but not yet, as it became afterwards, strikingly singular.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Norwich also contains an enormous brewery, but in this the city is not singular, for what is a Briton without his beer?
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
These singular revelations concerning the morals of Blue Beard made a great impression upon the chevalier.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Space does not allow us to dwell at length on the Paradise Myths of other ancient peoples, which singularly resembled that of the Jews.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

But JOSEPH had a mate,
A sailor stout and lusty,
A man of low estate,
But singularly trusty.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"But, stranger, if you kindly rest,
His story you shall hear,
And all that makes my sable guest,
Most singularly dear."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
Oh, Nonio, Antonio!
You're far too bleak and bonio!
And all that I wish,
You singular fish,
Is that you will quickly begonio."
"Antonio" by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Many days didn't pass him before
He fanned himself into a flame,
For a beautiful "DAM DU COMPTWORE,"
And this was her singular name:
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Everything becomes singular. A grave
awaits its owner at the churchyard.
Houses grow further apart from each other.
We look into the holes of the year.
"November" by Gerrit Achterberg
Oh, say, have you seen at the Willows so green--
So charming and rurally true--
A singular bird, with a manner absurd,
Which they call the Australian Emeu?
Have you
Ever seen this Australian Emeu?
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

A Singular Vision Of The Future with Ray Kurzweil.
A singular vision of the future.
The Singularity Is Already Here.
I cover singular, luxury travel and food experiences around the world.
Not that anyone is going to dispute the Russian-born composer's singular stature in 20th-century music.
Taking injured wildlife under her wing has become her grand, and singular, obsession.
MSU runner has singular focus.
Singularity's early supporters include the Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Singularity University offers courses that range from $15,000 to $25,000 for nine-day to 10-week programs.
Never Mind the Singularity, Here's the Science.
The remainder of the show's mentions were for singular outstanding episodes.
Here, Seth invites cast member Ben Schrader into the studio to demonstrate (over and over and again) the placement and "mask-ness" of his singular lyric " HELLO .
Eating a single item for dinner is a singular delight.
Titans' impact rookies outnumber , outperform Carolina's singular star.
Titans' impact rookies outnumber, outperform Carolina's singular star.
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In science:

Strictly speaking, it is not a resolution of singularities because eX is still singular if α > 1.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
In fact, small but non-zero singular values ǫ of h(k) can easily be seen to correspond to eigenvectors of the same system with slightly perturbed potentials λi → λi − kǫ, so sufficiently small singular values (|ǫ| < k−1λ) can also be used to produce eigenstates.
Eigenstate Structure in Graphs and Disordered Lattices
Instead another type of singularities, called weak null singularities, are supposed to play an important role.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
That singularities could have had well developed is evident: the collision of arbitrarily weak, vacuum plane gravitational waves leads (due to nonlinearities) to the formation of a singularity.
Radiative spacetimes
Specifically, singular algebraic varities are rectilinearized under the process of ”resolution of singularities” then, their singularities unfold and appear as ”normal crossings”.
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
As was already pointed out, singular (resp. orbifold) elliptic specializes into some known invariants of singular varieties (resp. orbifolds).
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
To determine c2(S (A, d)) we let F be a generic fibre of h and use the formula XF ′ singular Note that the non-hyperelliptic singular fibres contribute by one to χtop (F ), the hyperelliptic fibres by two.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
Schwarzschild case) it has the curvature singularity at r = 0 and the coordinate singularity at r = a; (ii) when 0 < b < a it has only the coordinate singularity at r = 3√a3 − b3 ; (iii) when b ≥ a metric (3) is regular everywhere.
Two and Three parametric regular generalizations of spherically symmetric and axially symmetric metrics
There are two cases of particular interest: the initial singularity in cosmological models and the singularity in the interior of a black hole.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
In particular, for the 2-dimensional case the 1-folding of a generic system can have regular points and singular points providing Whitney umbrella singularities.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
If π ◦ f |µ−1(t) are non-singular map for each t ∈ (R, µ(0)), then {f |µ−1(t)}t∈R is the family of graphs of non-singular solutions of Image f by the previous arguments.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
These singularities disappear after a finite local covering which is sufficiently ramified along the singular locus.
Special elliptic fibrations
The crossed sign, dotted lines and the two filled circles denote the ring singularity, the infinite redshift surfaces and the directional singularities respectively.
An Investigation of the Tomimatsu-Sato Spacetime
We will however present evidence below which suggests that the hidden boundary should sit at the singularity thus pointing to a possible role gauge instantons could play in a resolution of the singularity .
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Let us now analyze in more detail for the case in which a singularity occurs what happens behind (in the x11 direction sense) the singularity.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
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