Perry talked tough—with not a single brain freeze—but some of his pronouncements seemed like debating points.
Michael was the single greatest donor to charities of any man on the planet in history.
It was all in the eyes, unmoving, not even a single blink, aimed at a faraway distance only he could see.
Nor does Paul expect to flip black voters in a single election cycle.
If we reverse-engineer the progress of the Boeing 777 from this single moment of clarity, where does it begin to get complicated?
Savile did not say a single word until they nearly reached home.
Must she grow into an old woman without a single romance in her life?
"I wasn't watching a single pigeon that time," Peace broke in hotly.
There was not a single clue to show which way he had gone, or how, or why.
It will be well to get a firm grasp of this idea, one single man.
early 14c., "unmarried," from Old French sengle, sangle "alone, unaccompanied; simple, unadorned," from Latin singulus "one, one to each, individual, separate" (usually in plural singuli "one by one"), from sim- (stem of simplus; see simple) + diminutive suffix. Meaning "consisting of one unit, individual, unaccompanied by others" is from late 14c. Meaning "undivided" is from 1580s. Single-parent (adj.) is attested from 1966.
c.1400, "unmarried person," mid-15c., "a person alone, an individual," from single (adj.). Given various technical meanings from 16c. Sports sense is attested from 1851 (cricket), 1858 (baseball). Of single things from 1640s. Meaning "one-dollar bill" is from 1936. Meaning "phonograph record with one song on each side" is from 1949. Meaning "unmarried swinger" is from 1964; singles bar attested from 1969. An earlier modern word for "unmarried or unattached person" is singleton (1937).
"to separate from the herd" (originally in deer-hunting, often with forth or out), 1570s, from single (adj.). Baseball sense of "to make a one-base hit" is from 1899 (from the noun meaning "one-base hit," attested from 1858). Related: Singled; singling.