singularity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n singularity the quality of being one of a kind "that singularity distinguished him from all his companions"
    • n singularity strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual
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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)
    • Singularity Anything singular, rare, or curious. "Your gallery
      Have we passed through, not without much content
      In many singularities ."
    • Singularity Celibacy.
    • Singularity Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction. "No bishop of Rome ever took upon him this name of singularity universal bishop].""Catholicism . . . must be understood in opposition to the legal singularity of the Jewish nation."
    • Singularity The quality or state of being singular; some character or quality of a thing by which it is distinguished from all, or from most, others; peculiarity. "Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that the second year the very falling down of the seeds yieldeth corn.""I took notice of this little figure for the singularity of the instrument."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.
    • n singularity The state or character of being singular. Existence as a unit, or in the singular number.
    • n singularity Separateness from others; solitariness; specifically, celibacy.
    • n singularity Individualism, as in conduct, opinion, characteristics, etc.
    • n singularity Uniqueness; the state of having no duplicate, parallel, or peer.
    • n singularity Unusualness; rareness; uncommon character; hence, specifically, rare excellence, value, eminence, or note.
    • n singularity Variation from established or customary usage; eccentricity; oddity; strangeness.
    • n singularity That which is singular; a singular person, thing, event, act, characteristic, mood, or the like; especially, an individual or personal peculiarity.
    • n singularity In mathematics, an exceptional element or character of continuum. in geometry, a projective character of a locus consisting in certain points, lines, or planes being exceptional in their relations to it. (For examples, see binode.) An ordinary singularity is one of a set of singularities of which all others are modifications or compounds. Thus, an actual node upon a skew curve is a modiflcation of an apparent node, and ought not to be reckoned as an ordinary singularity. But cusps and inflections, as stationary points and tangents, are ordinary singularities. A higher singularity is one which differs indefinitely little from an aggregation of ordinary singularities. (See tacnode.) By an ellipsis common in geometrical language, the word singularity is used for point-singularity, or a relation to some exceptional point. Thus, a plane curve with neither nodes nor cusps is said to be without singularities, although, unless a conic, it has inflections, and unless a conic or cubic, double tangents. The word singularity is also used to denote the number of singular points, lines, or planes of any one kind; also for any number characteristic of a projective property, in which sense the order, class, and rank of a locus are sometimes termed singularities.
    • n singularity Synonyms Uncommonness, oddness.
    • n singularity Idiosyncrasy. See eccentric.
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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.
    • Singularity the state of being singular: peculiarity: anything curious or remarkable: particular privilege or distinction:
    • Singularity (math.) an exceptional element or character of a continuum
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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
L. singularitas,: cf. F. singularité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. singularis.

Usage

In literature:

Somewhat singular is her costume, as the equipment.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Darius had devoted to it the whole of Home Rule Tuesday, and had returned to his house at a singular hour and in a singular condition.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
That singular apparition made me yearn.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
But it came to nothing; "its fate," Franklin said, "was singular.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
We determined to take the direct road to the post, and chance assisted us in a singular manner.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
The scene that took place was a little singular, and I shall relate it at full.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
He had by nature a singular volatility which never deserted him.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Gray is our poetical classic of that literature and age; the position of Gray is singular, and demands a word of notice here.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
She had a singular dexterity in attending the sick.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
He had been a singular youth, and he had developed into a still more singular man.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
These romantic strains continued to be preserved and recited with singular veneration.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
SINGULAR NUMBER refers to one.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
The acquaintance thus singularly formed between the young waterman and myself, soon ripened into a strong feeling of friendship.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
These errors had caused singular mistakes.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
But while they were holding their conversation, the Sauk carried out a singular thought.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
He felt that he was a Briton in all respects but that of his singular birth.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
His impersonations were sometimes singularly original.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
A writer who was present during her examination before the House of Commons, has pleasantly described the singular scene.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The Athenians still take a singular delight in disputation.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
We helped her as we could, over the rough places, but she was singularly active, and made her way lightly along.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
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In poetry:

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
Crystalcraft in every flower and flake
Snow exhibits, of the welkin free:
Crystalline are crystals for the sake,
All and singular, of crystalry.
"Snow" by John Davidson
LELIUS. This confusion is occasioned
(Hear a singular adventure),
Sir, by Cyprian, who being absent
Many days again has entered
Antioch completely mad.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
She loves no landmark now, no singular tree,
And keeps no tryst with memory, none with hope.
Some cove r life to lose it; some agree
With Christ at last, like dew the sun draws up.
"The Blind Tramp" by Lilian Bowes Lyon
"Oh, father," little Alice cried, "your kindness makes me weep,
You do these little things for me so singularly cheap -
Your thoughtful liberality I never can forget;
But, oh! there is another crime I haven't mentioned yet!
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A tiny newcomer in downtown showcases chef Ari Taymor's singular style.
Min Patsy Cline is a singular voice on the landscape of American music.
This post written by Jason Dorrier, a writer for Singularity University.
No singular lineup move is going to miraculously cure what ails the Yankee offense these days.
It was so singular a marvel, so ambitious a feat, that its opening drew the US president and a crowd of thousands.
Here's the story on the wires this morning: It was so singular a marvel, so ambitious a feat, that its opening drew the president and a crowd of thousands.
Blues great shares tales from a singular life.
Titans' impact rookies outnumber, outperform Carolina 's singular star.
The troubled legend's singular voice commands the versatile singer's attention in her new album, 'The Book of Chet .'.
It is daylight saving time, singular… doesn't that drive you crazy.
I walked away with a singular thought: The film was unnecessarily overwhelmingly white.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky revisits the singular Alan Rudolph.
First of all, I hate team names that are singular.
For much of the 1990's, Ronald A Galotti hacked a singular path through the New York media.
This new cloud-based software platform provides a powerful foundation for sustainable operations including a comprehensive framework with a singular integrated platform, unlike products historically available.
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In science:

The proof of [ABP, Lemma 3.62] shows that a tame GRLA is non-singular. (iii) Semisimple Lie algebras, finite dimensional reductive Lie algebras and a direct sum of EALAs are examples of non-singular GRLAs.
Generalized reductive Lie algberas
We classify tangential family germs up to Left-Right equivalence: we prove that there are two infinite series and four sporadic simple singularities of tangential family germs (in addition to two stable singularities).
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
We prove that there are two infinite series and four sporadic simple tangential family singularities (in addition to the two stable singularities).
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
These singularity classes, in addition to stable singularities I and II, cover all the tangential family singularities.
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
U is singular} is a Gδ by Theorem 2.2 (2), since singular means singular with respect to the Lebesgue measure.
Generic sets in spaces of measures and generic singular continuous spectrum for Delone Hamiltonians
In the former case, we have a resolution of singularities of H, and in the latter it is enough to resolve the singularities of D(Hm); i.e., we have reduced to the monomial case.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
A) uj ⊗ vj where σj (A) is the nonincreasing and nonnegative sequence of the singular values of A, and uj and vj are left and right singular vectors of A respectively.
Sampling from large matrices: an approach through geometric functional analysis
Then the fact that the singularity is formally regular singular ensures that the flat multivalued sections converge on simply connected sectors based at o (see for instance ) so that the monodromy has the expected interpretation.
Conformal blocks revisited
Of course, from the point of view of the GLSM there is no real singularity on the singular locus.
A-Model Correlators from the Coulomb Branch
For definitions of singular values, singular law, spectral law, (bi-)unitarily invariant and uniform random unitary matrices, we refer to subsection 1.1.
Rectangular random matrices. Related convolution
The length measured in that flat metric may be denoted ℓX , ℓ(p,φ) , or simply ℓ, according to context. A sadd le connection is a curve on X whose endpoints are at singularities and which has no singularities in its interior. A cylinder in a flat structure is an isometrically embedded Euclidean cylinder.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
The singular part does not affect the value of J(·), but the fact that a singular part is allowed, relaxes the constraint (24) to (1).
The maximum entropy ansatz in the absence of a time arrow: fractional pole models
The singularity, however, looks less clear: only for time-like slices does qxx become small, indicating a modification and the possibility of removal of the singularity.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
For detecting the classical singularity it seems much more reliable to use the densitized triad rather than the metric, which is also the case in homogeneous models with an explicit impact on the removal of singularities .
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Taking this as a measure for the singularity indicates that it is removed in quantum gravity since the eigenvalues remain finite even when ν = 0 at the classical singularity.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
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