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singularity

[sing-gyuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌsɪŋ gyəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural singularities for 2–4.
1.
the state, fact, or quality of being singular.
2.
a singular, unusual, or unique quality; peculiarity.
3.
Mathematics. singular point.
4.
Astronomy. (in general relativity) the mathematical representation of a black hole.
Origin of singularity
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English singularite < Late Latin singulāritās. See singular, -ity
Related forms
nonsingularity, noun, plural nonsingularities.
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  • To this, however, there was an exception in a case the singularity of which deserves mention.

  • In conversation, manners and habits, they were frank to singularity.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • Great interest attaches to the owl from the singularity of its appearance and habits.

  • Not so much from any peculiarity in appearance as from the singularity of its habits.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • For a moment he drew back in dismay; but the singularity of the other man's occupation arrested him.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
British Dictionary definitions for singularity

singularity

/ˌsɪŋɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state, fact, or quality of being singular
2.
something distinguishing a person or thing from others
3.
something remarkable or unusual
4.
(maths)
  1. a point at which a function is not differentiable although it is differentiable in a neighbourhood of that point See also pole2 (sense 4)
  2. another word for discontinuity
5.
(astronomy) a hypothetical point in space-time at which matter is infinitely compressed to infinitesimal volume
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Word Origin and History for singularity
n.

c.1400, "unusual behavior," also "singleness of aim or purpose," from Old French singulerte "peculiarity" (12c., Modern French singularité) or directly from Late Latin singularitatem (nominative singularitas) "a being alone," from singularis (see singular (adj.)). Meaning "fact of being different from others" is c.1500. Mathematical sense of "point at which a function takes an infinite value" is from 1893. Astronomical use is from 1965.

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singularity in Science
singularity
  (sĭng'gyə-lār'ĭ-tē)   
  1. A point of infinite density and infinitesimal volume, at which space and time become infinitely distorted according to the theory of General Relativity. According to the big bang theory, a gravitational singularity existed at the beginning of the universe. Singularities are also believed to exist at the center of black holes.

  2. Mathematics A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists.


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