Definition of Singular

1. Noun. The form of a word that is used to denote a singleton.

Exact synonyms: Singular Form
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form
Antonyms: Plural

2. Adjective. Unusual or striking. "Such poise is singular in one so young"
Exact synonyms: Remarkable
Similar to: Extraordinary
Derivative terms: Singularity

3. Adjective. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected. "Singular behavior"

4. Adjective. Being a single and separate person or thing. "Every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"
Similar to: Individual, Single
Derivative terms: Singularity

5. Adjective. Composed of one member, set, or kind.
Antonyms: Plural

6. Adjective. Grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit.
Antonyms: Plural

7. Adjective. The single one of its kind. "Certain types of problems have unique solutions"
Exact synonyms: Unique
Similar to: Single
Derivative terms: Singularity, Uniqueness

Definition of Singular

1. a. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.

2. n. An individual instance; a particular.

Definition of Singular

1. Adjective. Being only one of a larger population. ¹

2. Adjective. Being the only one of the kind; unique. ¹

3. Adjective. Distinguished by superiority, coming across as such. ¹

4. Adjective. Being out of the ordinary, coming across as such. ¹

5. Adjective. (grammar) Referring to only one thing or person. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: linear algebra of matrix) Having no inverse. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: linear algebra of transformation) Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero. ¹

8. Noun. (grammar) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing. ¹

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Definition of Singular

1. a word form that denotes one person or thing [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Singular

singly even
sings along
singular (current term)
singular form
singular matrix
singular they
singular value decomposition
singulare tantum
singularia tantum

Literary usage of Singular

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Let yi, . . . yn be continued analytically along a path passing, in the positive direction, around one of these singular points a, and let yi, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Variation of accent plays no part in the declension of Latin nouns, for since prehistoric times Latin had an accent at singular. a fixed place, ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1894)
"On the singular Solutions of Simultaneous Ordinary Differential Equations ... This paper is an attempt to shew how the singular solutions of simultaneous ..."

4. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members (1888)
"DIFFERENTIAL equations generally have no singular solutions. For their occurrence in the case of the equation of the second order, it is necessary that ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"... may not only amuse the fancy by the singular picture of a great empire, but will tend to illustrate' the secret and internal cause of its rapid decay. ..."

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