Definitions for singleˈsɪŋ gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sin•gleˈsɪŋ gəl(adj.; v.; n.)-gled, -gling

  1. (adj.)only one in number; one only; unique; sole:

    a single example.

  2. of, pertaining to, or suitable for one person only:

    a single room.

  3. solitary or sole; lone:

    He was the single survivor.

  4. unmarried:

    a single man.

  5. pertaining to the unmarried state.

  6. of one against one:

    single combat.

  7. consisting of only one part, element, or member:

    a single lens.

  8. separate, particular, or distinct; individual:

    every single one of you.

  9. uniform; applicable to all:

    a single safety code for all manufacturers.

  10. sincere and undivided:

    single devotion.

  11. (of a bed or bedclothes) twin-size.

    Category: Furniture

  12. (of a flower) having only one set of petals.

    Category: Botany

  13. (of the eye) seeing rightly.

  14. (v.t.)to pick or choose (one) from others (usu. fol. by out):

    to single someone out for special mention.

  15. (in baseball) to advance (a base runner) by a single. to cause (a run) to be scored by a single.

    Category: Sport

  16. (v.i.)to hit a single in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  17. (n.)one person or thing; a single one; individual.

  18. an accommodation, ticket, etc., for one person only.

  19. an unmarried person.

  20. a one-dollar bill.

    Category: Informal

  21. a phonograph record, compact disc, or audio tape usu. with one popular song. a song so recorded.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio, Music and Dance

  22. (in baseball) a base hit that enables a batter to reach first base safely.

    Category: Sport

  23. singles, (used with a sing. v.) a match with one player on each side, as a tennis match.

  24. Golf.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: twosome (def. 4). 4

Origin of single:

1275–1325; late ME (adj.), ME sengle < OF < L singulus individual, single, (pl.) one apiece, der. of *sem- one (see simple )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. single, bingle(noun)

    a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base

  2. one, 1, I, ace, single, unity(adj)

    the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

    "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"

  3. individual, single(adj)

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"

  4. single(adj)

    used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals

    "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals"

  5. single(adj)

    existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

    "upon 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"

  6. unmarried, single(adj)

    not married or related to the unmarried state

    "unmarried men and women"; "unmarried life"; "sex and the single girl"; "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?"

  7. individual, single(a)(adj)

    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    "an individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"

  8. single(a)(adj)

    having uniform application

    "a single legal code for all"

  9. single(a), undivided, exclusive(verb)

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

    "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained their exclusive attention"

  10. single(verb)

    hit a single

    "the batter singled to left field"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. single(adjective)ˈsɪŋ gəl

    just one and no more

    a ring with a single diamond

  2. singleˈsɪŋ gəl

    not even one

    He didn't say a single word to me.

  3. singleˈsɪŋ gəl

    not married or having a romantic relationship

    He's 45 and still single.

  4. singleˈsɪŋ gəl

    intended for one person

    a single room

  5. singleˈsɪŋ gəl


    a single ticket

  6. singleˈsɪŋ gəl

    emphasizes the degree of sth

    the single best decision I've ever made

  7. single(noun)ˈsɪŋ gəl

    a popular song sold alone, not as part of a CD

    The rapper released a new single last week.

  8. singleˈsɪŋ gəl

    a hotel room or bed for one person

    ***Is the room a double or a single?

  9. single(verb)ˈsɪŋ gəl

    to pick only one person out of a group

    The teacher singled me out to answer all the questions.


  1. single(Noun)

    A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.

  2. single(Noun)

    A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.

    The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.

  3. single(Noun)

    One who is not married.

    He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.

  4. single(Noun)

    A score of one run.

  5. single(Noun)

    A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.

  6. single(Noun)

    A tile that has different values (i.e., number of pips) in each end.

  7. single(Noun)

    A one-way ticket.

  8. single(Noun)

    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. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.

  9. single(Verb)

    To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out.

  10. single(Verb)

    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.

  11. single(Adjective)

    Not accompanied by anything else.

    Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?

  12. single(Adjective)

    Not divided in parts.

    The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.

  13. single(Adjective)

    Designed for the use of only one.

    a single room

  14. single(Adjective)

    Not married nor dating

    Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.

  15. single(Adjective)

    Having only one rank or row of petals.

  16. single(Adjective)

    Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.

  17. Origin: sengle, from sengle, from singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex. See simple, and confer singular.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Single(adj)

    one only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star

  2. Single(adj)

    alone; having no companion

  3. Single(adj)

    hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman

  4. Single(adj)

    not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope

  5. Single(adj)

    performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat

  6. Single(adj)

    uncompounded; pure; unmixed

  7. Single(adj)

    not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere

  8. Single(adj)

    simple; not wise; weak; silly

  9. Single(verb)

    to select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate

  10. Single(verb)

    to sequester; to withdraw; to retire

  11. Single(verb)

    to take alone, or one by one

  12. Single(verb)

    to take the irrregular gait called single-foot;- said of a horse. See Single-foot

  13. Single(noun)

    a unit; one; as, to score a single

  14. Single(noun)

    the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness

  15. Single(noun)

    a handful of gleaned grain

  16. Single(noun)

    a game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural

  17. Single(noun)

    a hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only


  1. Single

    In music, a single or record single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, the single is a song that is released separately from an album, but it usually appears on an album. Often, these are the most popular songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as commercial radio airplay, and in other cases a recording released as a single does not appear on an album.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #534

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Written Corpus Frequency: #860

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Nouns Frequency: #2366

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Adjectives Frequency: #60

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one only

The spider hung on a single thread.

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