• WordNet 3.6
    • adj solitary devoid of creatures "a lonely crossroads","a solitary retreat","a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
    • adj solitary being the only one; single and isolated from others "the lone doctor in the entire county","a lonesome pine","an only child","the sole heir","the sole example","a solitary instance of cowardice","a solitary speck in the sky"
    • adj solitary characterized by or preferring solitude "a lone wolf","a lonely existence","a man of a solitary disposition","a solitary walk"
    • adj solitary lacking companions or companionship "he was alone when we met him","she is alone much of the time","the lone skier on the mountain","a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel","a lonely soul","a solitary traveler"
    • adj solitary of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies "solitary bees"
    • n solitary one who lives in solitude
    • n solitary confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners "he was held in solitary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solitary Living or being by one's self; having no companion present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely. "Those rare and solitary , these in flocks.""Hie home unto my chamber,
      Where thou shalt find me, sad and solitary ."
    • Solitary (Bot) Not associated with others of the same kind.
    • Solitary Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert. "How doth the city sit solitary , that was full of people.""Let that night be solitary ; let no joyful voice come therein."
    • Solitary Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place.
    • n Solitary One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a recluse.
    • Solitary Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life. "Satan . . . explores his solitary flight."
    • Solitary Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solitary Living alone, or by one's self or by itself; without companions or associates; habitually inclined to avoid company.
    • solitary All by one's self; without companions; unattended.
    • solitary Marked by solitude; especially, remote from society; unfrequented; retired; secluded; lonely: as, a solitary glen.
    • solitary Free from the sounds of human life; still; dismal.
    • solitary Having a sense of loneliness; lonesome.
    • solitary Retiring; diffident.
    • solitary Passed without company; shared by no companions; lonely.
    • solitary Single; sole; only, or only one: as, a solitary instance; a solitary example.
    • solitary In botany, one only in a place; separate: as, a solitary stipule. A flower is said to be solitary when there is only one on each peduncle, or only one to each plant; a seed, when there is only one in a pericarp.
    • solitary In anatomy, single; separate; not clustered; not agminate or gathered into patches; simple; not compound: as, the solitary follicles of the intestine.
    • solitary In zoöl.:
    • solitary Not social, sociable, or gregarious: noting species living habitually alone, or in pairs only.
    • solitary Simple; not compound, aggregate, or colonial: as, solitary ascidians. See Simplices.
    • n solitary One who lives alone or in solitude; an anchorite; a recluse; a hermit.
    • solitary In astronomy, noting certain stars which have no conspicuous neighbors (a Hydræ, for instance), or stars which are not members of a binary system, visual or spectroscopic. Called by W. Herschel intersystematical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Solitary sol′i-tar-i being the sole person present: alone or lonely: single, separate, simple: living alone, not social or gregarious: without company: remote from society: retired, secluded: gloomy
    • n Solitary one who lives alone: a recluse or hermit—(obs.) Solitā′rian
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  • John Wesley
    “The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”
  • Clark Moustakas
    Clark Moustakas
    “The most dramatic conflicts are perhaps, those that take place not between men but between a man and himself -- where the arena of conflict is a solitary mind.”
  • Willa Cather
    “Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family --but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.”
  • Eugene O'Neill
    Eugene O'Neill
    “Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. solitarius, fr. solus, alone: cf. F. solitaire,. See Sole (a.), and cf. Solitaire


In literature:

It is the solitary rock Babakay, rising from the midst of the waters.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
O sea and solitary shore, secret haunt of the Muses, with how many noble thoughts have you inspired me!
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
He knew too well the desolation of a solitary dinner.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
The household was speedily buried in sleep, save the solitary sentinel who paced around the building.
"Edwy the Fair or the First Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
A solitary figure was sitting by the fire.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Donald Cargill was the Elijah of his day, the solitary standard-bearer of the Covenant after the death of Cameron.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
It is not good for man to cherish a solitary ambition.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
An attempt to photograph a solitary bull.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
During the solitary day he had been alone with them Elizabeth had been kindness and complaisance itself.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They were attracted to him because of his solitary distinction, his comparative poverty, and his unpopularity.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray,
And when I cross'd the Wild,
I chanc'd to see at break of day
The solitary Child.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
There is a stay—and we are strong;
Our Master is at hand,
To cheer our solitary song,
And guide us to the strand.
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
But he's the solitary of space,
Curbless and unbeguiled;
The only being that bears a heart
Not recreant to the wild.
"Wild Ass" by Padraic Colum
I watched her while she read to me,
As children watch their nurse,
Until my being throbbed to hear
This solitary verse:
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West
When, like the solitary dove
In woodbine, all alone,
Your pensive notes of absent love
Have caus'd your heart to moan,—
"Friendship" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Once more to leafy loveliness
They limbed; I, solitary,
Stood panged with alien beauty, lured,
Fretted, a hushed cold tree
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Penelope Taberner Cameron is a solitary and a sickly child, a reader and a dreamer.
Ex-convict Joe Contreras spent his first nine years in solitary confinement for his nine escapes, which are described as follows.
New York's largest civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against state corrections officials on behalf of a convicted rapist who spent 26 months in solitary confinement after a non-violent offense in his cell.
Maria Alyokhina asked for solitary confinement , prison officials said Friday.
In Solitary, With Insects as Cellmates.
An excerpt from Central Prison inmate Chris McBride's letter to Indy Week, dated July 4, 2012: Solitary confinement is hell.
Report blasts NY prisons for use of solitary confinement.
NYCLU says this kind of solitary confinement cell is widely used in New York's prisons, including Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone (Source: NYCLU).
' Solitary Man' movie review: Michael Douglas excels playing flawed but fascinating character.
Psychologist testifies on the risks of solitary confinement.
Fasting To Protest Solitary Confinement.
MOSCOW (AP) — One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials said Friday.
Go to main page News Pirate Bay co-founder in solitary confinement in Sweden.
Colorado State Penitentiary II in Cañon City was built to house inmates in solitary confinement.
Two Colorado Democratic lawmakers want to limit the number of mentally ill inmates who are placed in solitary confinement.

In science:

Since Γ is not solitary it must be possible that it coexists with some other non-embeddable component Γ′ .
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
Consider all the possible components in G(X ; r) which are not solitary and have size at least 2.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
Consider all the possible components in G(X ; r) which are not embeddable but not solitary either.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
In fact, we must have at least two components of size greater than 1, so at least one of these must be non-solitary.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
Within this framework of dispersive equations that support solitary nonlinear waves, one of the particular topics of recent interest has been the effects of spatially and/or temporally (i.e., in the evolution variable) dependent nonlinearities.
Averaging of Nonlinearity Management with Dissipation