Definitions of single

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

Usage examples for single

  1. Was he old or young, married or single? – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  2. 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
  3. Not a single fish rose. – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  4. That was not a single voice. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  5. Tell me, and I'll do it, every single thing. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  6. Not a word did he tell me- not a single word! – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  7. 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
  8. Why, they are not going to leave us a single soul to go to church. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  9. You are a single one among this number. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  10. We understand our business better than that, we don't go into it single- handed. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths
  11. 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
  12. " I don't believe you care for a single other thing but T. Reed. – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  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. 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
  15. 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
  16. The only peace I had, just single minutes of peace, was when I remembered that you hated me." – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  17. You weren't to say a single word last night, until she had told me. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  18. " I didn't say a single word," observed the Piedmontese. – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  19. " Please-" " No, not a single one. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith