• WordNet 3.6
    • adj individual being or characteristic of a single thing or person "individual drops of rain","please mark the individual pages","they went their individual ways"
    • adj individual separate and distinct from others of the same kind "mark the individual pages","on a case-by-case basis"
    • adj individual concerning one person exclusively "we all have individual cars","each room has a private bath"
    • adj individual characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing "an individual serving","single occupancy","a single bed"
    • n individual a human being "there was too much for one person to do"
    • n individual a single organism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 749 pounds of paper products is used by an American individual annually
    • Individual A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person. "An object which is in the strict and primary sense one, and can not be logically divided, is called an individual .""That individuals die, his will ordains."
    • Individual (Zoöl) An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal.
    • Individual Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city. "Mind has a being of its own, distinct from that of all other things, and is pure, unmingled, individual substance.""United as one individual soul."
    • Individual Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities.
    • Individual (Zoöl) The product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Namco, who are the manufacturers of Pac Man the video game, has estimated that the original arcade game has been played over 10 billion times by individuals
    • individual Indivisible; inseparable.
    • individual Not susceptible of logical subdivision; determinate in every respect; having a continuity of existence in all its changes; not divisible without loss of identity.
    • individual Of but one person or thing; pertaining or peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing, or each separate person or thing: opposed to collective: as, individual character; individual labor or effort; individual action.
    • individual Serving or intended for the use of one person only: as, an individual salt-cellar.
    • individual Of which each is different or of a different design from the others: as, a set of individual coffee-cups (that is, a harlequin set).
    • n individual A single thing; a being, animate or inanimate, that is or is regarded as a unit.
    • n individual That which is not susceptible of logical subdivision, but is completely determinate, so that only one of a pair of contradictory attributes can be possessed by it.
    • n individual A thing which by being in only one place at one time, or otherwise, has a continuity of existence in time.
    • n individual Especially, a human being; a person.
    • n individual In biology, any organism or part of an organized whole regarded as having (actually or in certain relations) an independent existence. The word is often applied specifically to one of a group or colony of organisms to distinguish it from the colony or group. Thus, many botanists regard each bud as a true individual, the whole plant or tree constituting a colony or compound organism.
    • n individual A person merely; a man.
    • n individual In biology: A living being considered as unique or different from its kind and from the rest of nature, without reference to its morphological or physiological independence or dependence. It is in this sense that an organism is termed an individual with reference to reproduction and inheritance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat
    • adj Individual in-di-vid′ū-al not divisible without loss of identity: subsisting as one: pertaining to one only, of a group where each constituent is different from the others:
    • n Individual a single person, animal, plant, or thing
    • adj Individual in-di-vid′ū-al (Milt.) inseparable
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  • Mason Cooley
    Mason Cooley
    “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “No one can transcend their own individuality.”
  • Junius
    “The injustice done to an individual is sometimes of service to the public.”
  • Henri Delacroix
    Henri Delacroix
    “The individual's whole experience is built upon the plan of his language.”
  • Max Stirner
    Max Stirner
    “The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. individuus, indivisible; pref. in-, not + dividuus, divisible, fr. dividere, to divide: cf. F. individuel,. See Divide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. individuusin, not, dividuus, divisible—dividĕre, to divide.


In literature:

Yes, and by our individual merits or demerits.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
The individual freedom which we possess is a great reason for individual exertion.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
It is not generally known that individual birds of the same species show different degrees of musical ability.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
What is said of the individuality of organized and inorganized bodies?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The individual man with his family lived alone in the face of man and God.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
It estimates each individual according to his "human" qualities rather than his "character" or so-called "moral" qualities.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
It must be admitted here as elsewhere that the individual culture and the individual life are, after all, the highest aims.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The system of individual education begins with the transfiguration of the immediate individuality into beauty.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
As individuals, they overpower and enslave their individual enemies.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
Moreover, within any one class the excellences vary in harmony with the variations in the individuals.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza

In poetry:

That selfs you, lovely trick of you,
That darts such arrowy
Perfume, your individual rose,
To make us cry 'tis she!
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Thenceforth to muse on woe more wide
Than individual distress,
The loftier Muses for my guide,
Minerva for my monitress;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The o'ertasked will falls down aghast
In individual death;
God puts aside the severed past,
Breathes-in a primal breath.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I tell ye that all public good,
All individual worth and peace,
All youthful nobleness of mood,
Like rose-leaves thin
Must wither in
The sordid breath of days like these.
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
They pray for individual things,
Give thanks for little happenings,
But isn't his sweep of mighty wings
Meant more for businesses of kings
Than pulling small men's petty strings?
"Noonday Grace" by John Crowe Ransom
And watch you, a broad-browed and smiling dream,
Pass, light as ever, through the lightless host,
Quietly ponder, start, and sway, and gleam—
Most individual and bewildering ghost!—
"Sonnet: Oh! Death Will Find Me, Long Before I Tire" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

Mr Rajoy not only called for people to take more pride in being Spanish but also said the ban was an attack on individual freedom akin to preventing hunting, fishing or motorbike racing.
The buntings (Passerina amoena) are widespread in the western United States and known for their songs, which are unique to each individual.
Metropolis' Zach Burnham , playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 12th in the field of 112 players.
Police officers working an undercover narcotics investigation in and around the Davis Square area last Friday focused their attention on a suspicious individual who was later placed under arrest for trafficking in heroin.
(According to one study, 50 percent of overweight individuals and 75 percent of obese people had elevated CRP.
The individuals had thrown peanuts at the African-American camera operator and yelled, "This is how we feed animals.".
Supreme Court Has Upheld Individual Mandate, Handing Obama Huge Victory on Healthcare Law.
Grows almost as large as this might be feasible inside individual homes if the state's voters approve Amendment 64.
With 56 rooms all overlooking the magnificent Vail Valley and Sawatch Range, the Lodge offers groups and individuals an opportunity to truly retreat to the mountains and focus on business and pleasure.
An individual's opinion on capital punishment is the personal moral decision of the individual.
The University of Alabama invites applications and nominations of highly qualified individuals for the position of Dean of the Capstone College of Nursing.
Officers said the almost pure heroin discovered in the suitcases had a street value of more than $500,000 and were packaged in individual vacuum-sealed kilos.
Cloud computing, a computer networking model that gives users on-demand access to shared software applications and data storage, is becoming increasingly popular among businesses and individuals.
On Monday 6th of April, at Overlake Terrace, an Assisted Living Community in Redmond families, staff and other residents helped to celebrate with music, memories and great company the lives of three amazing individuals.
Chabad of SE Morris County will once again be providing Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to individuals throughout Morris County who are alone or homebound during the holiday.

In science:

Let {P } be the set of pro jection operator that act only on the brainbody of the individual and that correspond to possible mental events of the individual.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
We give to each individual a probability pm to move to the neighbouring site that presents the smallest occupation, if this occupation is also smaller or equal to that of the current individual’s site.
Applications and Sexual Version of a Simple Model for Biological Ageing
In the lower energy range shown in Fig. 1(a), individual non-overlapping n-manifolds can be observed. (We have n = 30 at E ≈ −5.56 × 10−4 .) In this region, the signal is sufficiently long to resolve individual spectral lines, although their precise determination from the plots remains difficult.
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
More importantly for this survey, recommender systems also are intended to connect groups of individuals with similar interests and to leverage the collective experience rather than merely focusing on the information-seeking goal of a specific individual (as in a ty pical IR setting).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Within the studying, individuals are modeled as sites and possible contacts between individuals are linked by edges between the sites.
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks