verb (used with object), sin·gled, sin·gling.
- to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a one-base hit.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by a one-base hit (often followed by in or home).
verb (used without object), sin·gled, sin·gling.
- a one-way ticket.
- a steam locomotive having one driving wheel on each side.
- a phonograph record, CD, or cassette usually having two songs: I probably won't buy the single.
- one of the songs recorded on a single: a hit single.
- a song released or promoted separately from the rest of the album to which it belongs: A viral video put that single back on the charts.
- reeled or spun silk that may or may not be thrown.
- a one-ply yarn of any fiber that has been drawn and twisted.
Origin of single
Synonyms for single
adjective (usually prenominal)
- Britisha pound note
- US and Canadiana dollar note
Word Origin for single
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.
Choose or distinguish from others, as in We singled him out from all the other applicants. This idiom was first recorded in 1629.
In addition to the idioms beginning with single
- single file, in
- single out
- each and every (every single)