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Singular
See also: Singular, singulár, and singulär

English

Alternative forms

  • sg. (abbreviation)

Etymology

From Middle English singuler, borrowed from Old French, from Latin singul?ris ("alone of its kind"), from Latin singulus ("single").

Pronunciation

Adjective

singular (comparative more singular, superlative most singular)

  1. Being only one of a larger population.
    A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon.
    Synonym: individual
    Antonym: general
  2. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
    She has a singular personality.
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      The busts [...] of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind.
    • (Can we date this quote by Chaucer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And God forbid that all a company / Should rue a singular man's folly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    Synonym: unique
  3. Distinguished by superiority: peerless, unmatched, eminent, exceptional, extraordinary.
    a man of singular gravity or attainments
    Synonyms: exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable
  4. Out of the ordinary; curious.
    It was very singular; I don't know why he did it.
    Synonyms: curious, eccentric, funny, odd, peculiar, rum, rummy, strange, unusual
  5. (grammar) Referring to only one thing or person.
    Antonym: plural
  6. (linear algebra, of matrix) Having no inverse.
    Synonym: non-invertible
    Antonyms: invertible, non-singular
  7. (linear algebra, of transformation) Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.
  8. (set theory, of a cardinal number) Not equal to its own cofinality.
  9. (law) Each; individual.
    to convey several parcels of land, all and singular
  10. (obsolete) Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
    • (Can we date this quote by Holinshed and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      to try the matter thus together in a singular combat

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Noun

singular (plural singulars)

  1. (grammar) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing.
    Antonym: plural
  2. (logic) That which is not general; a specific determinate instance.

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Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin singul?ris. Doublet of senglar.

Pronunciation

Adjective

singular (masculine and feminine plural singulars)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural

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Galician

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin singul?ris.

Adjective

singular m or f (plural singulares)

  1. (grammar) singular

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin singul?ris. Doublet of senheiro.

Adjective

singular m or f (plural singulares, comparable)

  1. singular (being the only one of a kind)
    Synonym: único
  2. (grammar) singular (referring to only one thing)
    Antonym: plural

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Noun

singular m (plural singulares)

  1. (grammar) singular (form of a word that refers to only one thing)
    Antonym: plural

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin singul?ris.

Noun

s?ngul?r m (Cyrillic spelling ?)

  1. singular
    Synonym: jednìna

Declension


Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin singul?ris. Doublet of señero.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sin?u'la?/, [su'la?]

Adjective

singular (plural singulares)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural
  2. odd, peculiar

Derived terms

Related terms

Noun

singular m (plural singulares)

  1. singular
    Antonym: plural

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