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English adjective: single

1. single being or characteristic of a single thing or person

SamplesIndividual drops of rain.
Please mark the individual pages.
They went their individual ways.


Similaridiosyncratic, individualist, individualistic, man-to-man, one-on-one, respective, several, singular, various

See alsoseparate

Attributeindividualism, individuality, individuation


2. single used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals

SamplesSingle chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals.

Domain categorybotany, phytology


3. single existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

SamplesUpon the hill stood a single tower.
Had but a single thought which was to escape.
A single survivor.
A single serving.
A single lens.
A single thickness.

Similarazygos, azygous, lone, lonesome, one-man, one-member, one-person, one-woman, only, singular, sole, solitary, sui generis, unary, uninominal, unique


4. single not married or related to the unmarried state

SamplesUnmarried men and women.
Unmarried life.
Sex and the single girl.
Single parenthood.
Are you married or single?.


Similardivorced, mateless, unwed, unwedded, widowed

See alsounmated


5. single characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

SamplesAn individual serving.
Single occupancy.
A single bed.




6. single having uniform application

SamplesA single legal code for all.

Similaruniform, unvarying


7. single not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective

SamplesJudging a contest with a single eye.
A single devotion to duty.
Undivided affection.
Gained their exclusive attention.

Synonymsexclusive, undivided



English noun: single

1. single (act) a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base


Broader (hypernym)base hit, safety

Narrower (hyponym)line single, line-drive single

2. single (quantity) the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

SamplesHe has the one but will need a two and three to go with it.
They had lunch at one.

Synonyms1, ace, I, one, unity

Broader (hypernym)digit, figure

Narrower (hyponym)monad, monas, singleton

English verb: single

1. single (contact) hit a single

SamplesThe batter singled to left field.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hit

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

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