• WordNet 3.6
    • adj solo composed or performed by a single voice or instrument "a passage for solo clarinet"
    • adv solo without anybody else or anything else "the child stayed home alone","the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing","he flew solo"
    • v solo perform a piece written for a single instrument
    • v solo fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
    • n solo a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
    • n solo any activity that is performed alone without assistance
    • n solo a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, and the karaoke machine was designed originally to provide backing tracks for solo cabaret performers.
    • n Solo (Mus) A tune, air, strain, or a whole piece, played by a single person on an instrument, or sung by a single voice.
    • a Solo (Music) Performing, or performed, alone; uncombined, except with subordinate parts, voices, or instruments; not concerted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jazz began in the 20th century, when bands in New Orleans began to apply the syncopated rhythms of ragtime to a variety of other tunes. In the first days of jazz, ensemble playing was emphasized. Only gradually did jazz come to be based on improvised solos.
    • solo In music, alone; not combined with other voices or instruments of equal importance; not concerted. A solo passage may be accompanied, however, by voices or instruments of less importance.
    • n solo It. pl. soli (-li), E. pl. solos (-lōz).
    • n solo A melody, movement, or work intended for or performed by a single performer, vocal or instrumental, with or without accompaniment. Opposed to concerted piece, whether chorus, duet, trio, or for a number of instruments.
    • n solo A game of cards, played usually by four persons, with a euchre pack. That player who bids highest—that is, offers to take the greatest number of tricks alone, or, in a variety of the game, aided by a partner—plays against the rest. If he takes five or more tricks, he receives a payment from them; if not, he makes a payment to them.
    • n solo In card-playing, a bid to play without a partner or without discarding from the hand, as in solo whist and skat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Houdini was the first man to fly a plane solo in Australia.
    • n Solo sō′lō a musical piece performed by only one voice or instrument
    • adj Solo unconcerted
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Life is like playing the violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., from L. solus, alone. See Sole (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—L. solus, alone.


In literature:

When business was dull, perhaps one loom echoed its tired solo.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
There were three verses in the solo, and really, I do not know as the audience were to blame for applauding.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The "Love Song," though a piano solo, is in reality a duet between two lovers.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
The following Sunday I sang with them, and also sang the solos.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
I'm sorry to say you're too late for your solo.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
Some of these are performed solo, others are duet-dances.
"A Treatise on the Art of Dancing" by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
I shall put you down for two solos.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The house was quiet now, listening to Smith's solo to Lillian in the moonlit garden.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
The officers always had a friendly nod for him, and on one occasion the colonel spoke to him after a solo, praising him highly.
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

iPero fue lo peor de aquella historia
Que al fin de la jornada,
A ella tocaron lagrimas y risas,
Y a mi solo las lagrimas!
"Rimas XXXI" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
The solo of the sounding wire,
The smoky engine's whistle,
Have drowned the sound of Yarrow stream,
The green trees' waving rustle.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
Home, home, home--
Dear, lost home!
Though cares oppress us fearfully,
We exiles carol cheerfully
Of girlhood's happy home!
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act II" by George Pope Morris
Ni se tampoco en tan terribles horas
En que pensaba o que paso por mi;
Solo recuerdo que llore y maldije,
Y que en aquella noche envejeci.
"Rimas XLIII" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Noi li cantiamo a noi stessi soltanto,
E all'ultimo levita siamo eguali,
Che, derelitto nel suo tempio santo,
Celebrera` da solo i rituali....
"Noja Letteraria" by Ferdinando Fontana
SOLO. Our light, it's true, is not worth mention;
What can we do to gain attention.
When night and noon with vulgar glaring
A great big moon is always flaring.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Dee from Dum Dum Girls plays solo versions of three songs from her band's catalog live from KEXP's studios.
AP Photo Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder watches his solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept 5, 2012.
Sammy Hagar has been in quite a few bands in his time plus a solo career.
Co-founder Jeff Lynne will be releasing a solo album, and 'Mr.
The idea of hitting the open road -- whether in cars packed with kids or going solo to find your freedom -- is largely an American phenomenon.
I've tried other ergonomic keyboards, such as the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 ($25 and up), but the Freestyle Solo is the only one I recommend.
Ester Dean Talks Solo Career, Writing 'S&M' and 'Firework'.
Dennis Courtney will direct and choreograph Larry Parr's solo play that stars Pinkins ( Caroline, or Change.
McPherson's new solo studio release showcases his multi- faceted musical inspirations.
Health insurance progress comes at cost of the solo family doctor .
Family Physician Can't Give Away Solo Practice.
The film is the solo directorial debut of another comics legend, Frank Miller.
Erika Thurkins explores the female form in her first solo exhibit at VanOver Fine Arts.
Also participating in the contest were students from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Eden Valley-Watkins and NL-S. Of the 106 entries, 54 were from Paynesville, including 52 vocal solos.
Owings Mills Solo Cup redevelopment fight down to wire.

In science:

En esta tesis no se discutieron con profundidad estos temas y solo nos concentramos en los aspectos fenomenológicos del problema.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Para llevar a cabo este análisis se encontraron las fórmulas para n−colapsos, de estas expresiones se observó que el espectro de potencias para el caso de n−colapsos es como la suma de n expresiones de espectros de potencias de un solo colapso ocurriendo a diferentes tiempos de colapso.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Let j = α · π t · ρt j denote the extension of α · π t in which Tj runs solo until it completes.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
If q accesses a different counter than the one chosen by p, we let q run solo until it finishes the algorithm (after that q does not contribute to point-contention anymore).
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
If iq 6= i∗ , we let q run solo, until it has finished its run of LoadBalance completely.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation