Definitions of single

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; " an individual serving"; " separate rooms"; " single occupancy"; " a single bed"
  4. individual and distinct; " pegged down each separate branch to the earth"; " a gift for every single child"
  5. hit a one- base hit, in baseball
  6. a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
  7. 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?"
  8. ( botany; of flowers) having usually only one row or whorl of petals; " single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals"
  9. 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"
  10. involved two individuals; " single combat"
  11. having uniform application; " a single legal code for all"
  12. hit a one- base hit
  13. 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"
  14. Unmarried.
  15. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.
  16. Alone; having no companion.
  17. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
  18. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
  19. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat.
  20. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
  21. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
  22. Simple; not wise; weak; silly.
  23. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate.
  24. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.
  25. To take alone, or one by one.
  26. To take the irrregular gait called single- foot;- said of a horse. See Single- foot.
  27. A unit; one; as, to score a single.
  28. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
  29. A handful of gleaned grain.
  30. A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only.
  31. A game with but one player on each side; - usually in the plural.
  32. Consisting of one only; separate; alone; unaided; unmarried; performed by one person; having only one on each side; as, single combat; sincere; honest; having only one row of petals; as, a single tulip.
  33. To select ( one person or thing) from others: with out or from.
  34. A unit; one.
  35. Singleness.
  36. Consisting of one only: individual: separate: alone: unmarried: not combined with others: unmixed: having one only on each side: straightforward: sincere: simple: pure.
  37. To separate: to choose one from others: to select from a number.
  38. Separate; alone; unmarried; sincere.
  39. Singly.
  40. To select; separate.
  41. To choose out ( one); separate.
  42. Consisting of one only; individual; alone.
  43. Separate; consisting of one only; individual; unmarried; uncompounded; alone; not double; with one on each side; undivided; pure; simple.
  44. To separate; to select; to choose one from others. Single flower, when there is only one on a stem.
  45. Consisting of one only; not double; separate; individual; uncompounded; alone; unmarried; done with one only; incorrupt.
  46. To choose one from others; to select, followed by out.

Usage examples for single

  1. The only peace I had, just single minutes of peace, was when I remembered that you hated me." – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. Tell me, and I'll do it, every single thing. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  3. Not a word did he tell me- not a single word! – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  4. You are a single one among this number. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  5. Was he old or young, married or single – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  6. As I look back at them- all those years- I know that during every single one of them I've been trying to get away from myself. – The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  7. " Please-" " No, not a single one. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  8. Lucia, there is only one single condition on which I will stay." – To-morrow? by Victoria Cross
  9. " I don't believe you care for a single other thing but T. Reed. – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  10. You weren't to say a single word last night, until she had told me. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  11. Behind them in single file came a lot of women, each bearing a. – Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines by H. Wilfrid Walker
  12. But it would not have been safe for Mr. Bumpkin to be away from town for a single day. – The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit by Richard Harris
  13. And a man who knew his way about, a man who worked alone and to a single purpose, could reach him. – This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  14. " I didn't say a single word," observed the Piedmontese. – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  15. Whether he was or not, and whether I have to do it single handed or not, I mean to find my brother. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. She watched him like the apple of her eye and would not let him go a single step away from her. – Roumanian Fairy Tales by Various Compiler: Mite Kremnitz
  17. Not a single fish rose. – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  18. That was not a single voice. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  19. Why, they are not going to leave us a single soul to go to church. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. We understand our business better than that, we don't go into it single handed. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths