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Definition of SINGLE

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Single \Sin"gle\, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See {Simple}, and cf. {Singular}.]
     1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star. [1913 Webster]

              No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest.         --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     2. Alone; having no companion.
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              Who single hast maintained,
              Against revolted multitudes, the cause Of truth.                             --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman. [1913 Webster]

              Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope. [1913 Webster]

     5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat. [1913 Webster]

              These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . . Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
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              Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.                             --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

     7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
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              I speak it with a single heart.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]
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              He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
                                                    --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     {Single ale}, {Single beer}, or {Single drink}, small ale, etc., as contrasted with {double ale}, etc., which is stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.

     {Single bill} (Law), a written engagement, generally under seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.
        --Burril.

     {Single court} (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two players.

     {Single-cut file}. See the Note under 4th {File}.

     {Single entry}. See under {Bookkeeping}.

     {Single file}. See under 1st {File}.

     {Single flower} (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals, as a wild rose.

     {Single knot}. See Illust. under {Knot}.

     {Single whip} (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed block. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Single \Sin"gle\, n.
     1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.
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     2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness. [1913 Webster]

     3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

     4. (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Single \Sin"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Singled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Singling}.]
     1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate. [1913 Webster]

              Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark.                                 --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              His blood! she faintly screamed her mind Still singling one from all mankind.  --More. [1913 Webster]

     2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

     3. To take alone, or one by one.
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              Men . . . commendable when they are singled.
                                                    --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Single \Sin"gle\, v. i.
     To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a horse. See {Single-foot}. [1913 Webster]

           Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. --W. S. Clark. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

122 Moby Thesaurus words for "single":
     a certain, an, any, any one, appropriate, article, atomic, austere, bachelorlike, bare, basic, candid, celibataire, celibate, characteristic, chaste, choose, cull, distinct, distinctive, distinguish, distinguished, either, elementary, entity, especial, essential, exclusive, fasten on, fix on, footloose and fancy-free, free, fundamental, homely, homespun, homogeneous, husbandless, idiocratic, idiosyncratic, in character, individual, indivisible, integer, integral, intrinsic, irreducible, isolated, item, lone, maiden, maidenly, marked, mere, misogamist, misogynist, module, monadic, monastic, monistic, monk, monolithic, nun, of a piece, old-maidish, one, only, open, particular, peculiar, person, persona, pick, plain, point, priest, primal, primary, proper, pure, pure and simple, quintessential, segregate, select, separate, severe, simon-pure, simple, single out, singleton, singular, sole, solid, solitary, soul, spare, special, specific, spinsterish, spinsterlike, spinsterly, spouseless, stark, true to form, unadorned, unanalyzable, unattached, uncluttered, undifferenced, undifferentiated, undivided, unfettered, uniform, unique, unit, unitary, unmarried, unshared, unwed, unwedded, virgin, virginal, whole


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