Definition of Solitary

1. Noun. Confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners. "He was held in solitary"

Exact synonyms: Solitary Confinement
Generic synonyms: Confinement

2. Adjective. Characterized by or preferring solitude. "A solitary walk"
Exact synonyms: Lone, Lonely
Similar to: Unsocial
Derivative terms: Loneliness, Solitariness

3. Noun. One who lives in solitude.
Exact synonyms: Hermit, Recluse, Solitudinarian, Troglodyte
Generic synonyms: Lone Hand, Lone Wolf, Loner
Specialized synonyms: John The Baptist, St. John The Baptist
Derivative terms: Hermitic, Hermitical, Recluse

4. Adjective. Of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies. "Solitary bees"
Exact synonyms: Nongregarious, Nonsocial
Similar to: Ungregarious
Derivative terms: Solitariness

5. Adjective. Lacking companions or companionship. "A solitary traveler"
Exact synonyms: Alone, Lone, Lonely
Similar to: Unaccompanied
Derivative terms: Aloneness, Loneliness, Solitariness

6. Adjective. Being the only one; single and isolated from others. "A solitary speck in the sky"
Exact synonyms: Lone, Lonesome, Only, Sole
Similar to: Single
Derivative terms: Lonesomeness

7. Adjective. Devoid of creatures. "A trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
Exact synonyms: Lonely, Unfrequented
Similar to: Uninhabited

Definition of Solitary

1. a. Living or being by one's self; having no companion present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely.

2. n. One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a recluse.

Definition of Solitary

1. Noun. One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret, hermit or recluse. ¹

2. Adjective. Living or being by one's self; alone; having no companion present; being without associates. ¹

3. Adjective. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life. ¹

4. Adjective. Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired; as, a solitary residence or place. ¹

5. Adjective. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert. ¹

6. Adjective. Single; individual; sole. ¹

7. Adjective. Not associated with others of the same kind. ¹

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Definition of Solitary

1. one who lives alone [n -TARIES]

Medical Definition of Solitary

1. Of flowers, borne singly, not grouped in an inflorescence. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Solitary

solitary (current term)
solitary bone cyst
solitary bundle
solitary confinement
solitary fasciculus
solitary fibrous tumour
solitary follicles
solitary foramen
solitary glands
solitary lymphatic follicles
solitary nodules of intestine
solitary nucleus
solitary osteocartilaginous exostosis

Literary usage of Solitary

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

1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1903)
"Above this and opposite 4 and 5, respectively, are large solitary Betz cells. Then there is a considerable interval where there are a number of large ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Happening at the solstice, or at midsummer. 3. Gloomy ; dismal. 1 >ry •!.-!<. Let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. j*°* 4. Single. ..."

3. The works of Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens (1891)
"No magic dwelling-place in magic story, shut up in the heart of a thick wood, was ever more solitary and deserted to the fancy than was her father's mansion ..."

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