single meaning

[ 'siŋgl ] Pronunciation:   "single" in a sentence
Adjective: single  singgul
  1. Being or characteristic of a single thing or person
    - individual 
  2. Not married or related to the unmarried state
    "sex and the single girl"; "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?"
    - unmarried 
  3. 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" 
  4. 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" 
  5. Characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
    "single occupancy"; "a single bed"
    - individual 
  6. Having uniform application
    "a single legal code for all" 
  7. 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, exclusive
Noun: single  singgul
  1. A base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
    - bingle 
  2. The smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number
    - one, 1, I, ace, unity
Verb: single  singgul
  1. Hit a single
    "the batter singled to left field"

Derived forms: singled, singles, singling

See also: azygos, azygous, concentrated, divorced, idiosyncratic, individualism, individualist, individualistic, individuality, individuation, lone, lonesome, man-to-man, mateless, one-man, one-member, one-on-one, one-person, one-woman, only, respective, separate, several, singleness, singly, singular, sole, solitary, sui generis, unary, uniform, uninominal, unique, unmated, unshared, unvarying, unwed, unwedded, various, widowed

Type of: base hit, digit, figure, hit, safety

Antonym: double, multiple

Encyclopedia: Single

[American slang]
n. an unmarried person. (Usually plural.)
• I'm holding a little party for singles.
• Todd's a single—just recently.

adjective, noun



only one:

the European single currency, the euro

All these jobs can be done by one single machine.

2 [only before noun] (BrE) (also one-way, AmE, BrE)

a single ticket, etc. can be used for travelling to a place but not back again:

How much is the single fare to New York?


noun [C]

1 (BrE)

a ticket that allows you to travel to a place but not back again:

How much is a single to Paris?


2 (AmE)

a note/bill that is worth one dollar DOUBLE noun



single sb/sth out

to choose sb/sth from a group for special attention:

I'm not going to single any department out for criticism-we all need to do better.

The firm was singled out as an example of a company that cares for its workforce.

The filing status used by a taxpayer who is unmarried and does not qualify for any other filing status.


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  1. we have a single room available.
  2. he wished he were young again, single.
  3. he wanted to concentrate on a single issue.
  4. the female pore, are most commonly a single pair.
  5. a single branch may bear several catkins.

Related Words

  1. singing voice meaning
  2. singing-bird meaning
  3. singing-gallery meaning
  4. singing-man meaning
  5. singingly meaning
  6. single acting meaning
  7. single administrative document meaning
  8. single assignment meaning
  9. single assignment language meaning
  10. single bed meaning
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