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| Cardinal: one|
Latinate ordinal: primary
Adverbial: one time, once
Latinate multiplier: single
Multiuse collective: singlet
Greek or Latinate collective: monad
Greek collective prefix: mono-
Latinate collective prefix: uni-
Greek prefix: proto-
Number of musicians: solo
Number of years: year
From Middle English single, sengle, from Old French sengle, saingle, sangle, from Latin singulus, a diminutive derived from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one”). Akin to Latin simplex (“simple”). See simple, and compare singular.
single (not comparable)
- Not accompanied by anything else; one in number.
- Synonyms: lone, sole
- Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?
- The vase contained a single long-stemmed rose.
- 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
- The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail. It’s therefore not surprising that most cameras mimic this arrangement.
- Not divided in parts.
- Designed for the use of only one.
- a single room
- Performed by one person, or one on each side.
- a single combat
- Not married, and (in modern times) not dating or without a significant other.
- Synonyms: unmarried, unpartnered, available
- Forms often ask if a person is single, married, divorced, or widowed. In this context, a person who is dating someone but who has never married puts "single".
- Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- To undergo such maiden pilgrimage.
But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
- (botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.
- (obsolete) Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.
- 1613 (date written), William Shakespeare, [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene iii]:
- I speak it with a single heart.
- Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
- 1867, William Greenough Thayer Shedd, Homiletics, and Pastoral Theology, page 166:
- The most that is required is, that the passage of Scripture, selected as the foundation of the sacred oration, should, like the oration itself, be single, full, and unsuperfluous in its character.
- (obsolete) Simple; foolish; weak; silly.
- a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
- are you single
- at a single stroke
- better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
- I'm single
- single and ready to mingle
- single annulus
- single as a dollar bill
- single as a Pringle
- single bed
- single bond
- single child
- single combat
- single cream
- single crochet
- single cross
- single crystal
- single currency
- single curve
- single data rate
- single-digit salute
- single dispatch
- single-elimination tournament
- single entendre
- single entry
- single eyelid
- single father
- single file
- single-first cousin
- single flower
- single Gloucester
- single grave
- single-incision laparoscopic surgery
- single jack
- single knot
- single leaf
- single-lens reflex
- single life
- single-line whip
- single malt
- single malt scotch
- single malt whisky
- single market
- single-molecule magnet
- single money
- single mother
- single option
- single-page application
- single pane of glass
- single parent
- single-parent family
- single parenting
- single-ply membrane
- single-ply roof
- single pneumonia
- single point of failure
- single-point urban interchange
- single precision
- single procession
- single prop
- single quote
- single reed
- single responsibility principle
- single scull
- single-serving site
- single shell
- single shot
- single-sideband modulation
- single sourcing
- single-speed bicycle
- single standard
- single star system
- single stitch
- single story
- single-strand binding protein
- single supplement
- single tax
- single ticket
- single track
- single transferable vote
- single union agreement
- single-valued function
- single yellow line
single (plural singles)
- (music) A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
- Antonym: album
- (music) A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually having at least one extra track.
- The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.
- One who is not married or does not have a romantic partner.
- Antonym: married
- He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
- (cricket) A score of one run.
- (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
- (dominoes) A tile that has a different value (i.e. number of pips) at each end.
- (US, informal) A bill valued at $1.
- I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.
- (UK) A one-way ticket.
- (Canadian football) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone.
- Synonym: (official name in the rules) rouge
- (tennis, chiefly in the plural) A game with one player on each side, as in tennis.
- One of the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) A handful of gleaned grain.
- (computing, programming) A floating-point number having half the precision of a double-precision value.
- Coordinate term: double
- 2011, Rubin H. Landau, A First Course in Scientific Computing, page 214:
- If you want to be a scientist or an engineer, learn to say “no” to singles and floats.
- (film) A shot of only one character.
- 1990, Jon Boorstin, The Hollywood Eye: What Makes Movies Work, page 94:
- But if the same scene is shot in singles (or “over-the-shoulder” shots where one of the actors is only a lumpy shoulder in the foreground), the editor and the director can almost redirect the scene on film.
- A single cigarette.
- (rail transport, obsolete) Synonym of .
- 1945 March and April, “Preserving Historic Locomotives”, in Railway Magazine, page 64:
- A few such examples have been preserved, as is well known, such as one of the Stirling 8-ft. singles of the late Great Northern Railway, the Great Western 4-4-0 City of Truro, ex-Caledonian single-driver No. 123, the Brighton 0-4-2 Gladstone, and others.
- (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.
- Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
- (agriculture) To thin out.
- 1916, Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, page 241:
- The seeds did not germinate in many parts of a row until rains in end of June and thunderplumps in first week of July brought them up later in patches, so that no second sowing was necessary, but singling was done by stages.
- (of a horse) To take the irregular gait called singlefoot.
- 1860, William S. Clark, Massachusetts Agricultural College Annual Report:
- Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed.
- (intransitive, archaic) To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.
- (intransitive, archaic) To take alone, or one by one; to single out.
- (transitive) To reduce (a railway) to single track.
- 1959 June, “Talking of Trains: North Eastern report”, in Trains Illustrated, page 293:
- In the east of Yorkshire, Mr. A. M. Ross reports the belief of local railwaymen that the N.E.R. plans to single the York-Beverley line, leaving an adequate provision of passing loops, and to operate it by C.T.C. from York; […]
- 1962 October, “Talking of Trains: New signalbox at Twyford”, in Modern Railways, page 226:
- The Henley branch, recently singled and fully track-circuited, is worked by acceptance lever between Twyford and Shiplake cabins.
- 2020 November 18, Paul Bigland, “New infrastructure and new rolling stock”, in RAIL, number 918, page 48:
- Sadly, it's not the quickest route as much of it has been singled, but it still boasts some attractive stations as well as an active Community Rail Partnership, one of the first in the country.
- “single”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “single”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
single m (plural singles)
- “single” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “single”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2023
- “single” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- (music record or track): IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋ.əl/, /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/
- ((person) without romantic partner): IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/
- Hyphenation: sin‧gle
- A single (short music record, e.g. 45 RPM vinyl with an A side and a B side; main track of such a record).
- A single (person without a romantic partner).
single (not comparable)
- single (without a romantic partner)
|Inflection of single|
- single (45 rpm record; track nominally released on its own)
|Inflection of single (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)|
|comitative||See the possessive forms below.|
single m (plural singles)
- “single”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
single m or f by sense (invariable)
- plural of
- to sprinkle or scatter shingle
- singelplate (record)
- “single” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
single m (plural singles)
single n (plural single-uri)
- single (album)
single m (plural singles)
- single (song released)
single m or f by sense (plural singles)
- single, single person
- “single”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014