- only one in number; one only; unique; sole: a single example.
- of, relating to, or suitable for one person only: a single room.
- solitary or sole; lone: He was the single survivor.
- unmarried or not in a romantic relationship: a single man.
- pertaining to the unmarried state: the single life.
- of or noting a parent who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.
- of one against one, as combat or fight.
- consisting of only one part, element, or member: a single lens.
- sincere and undivided: single devotion.
- separate, particular, or distinct; individual: Every single one of you must do your best. It's the single most important thing.
- uniform; applicable to all: a single safety code for all manufacturers.
- (of a bed or bedclothes) twin-size.
- (of a flower) having only one set of petals.
- British. of standard strength or body, as ale, beer, etc.Compare double(def 1).
- (of the eye) seeing rightly.
- to pick or choose (one) from others (usually followed by out): to single out a fact for special mention.
- 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).
- Baseball. to hit a single.
- one person or thing; a single one.
- an accommodation suitable for one person only, as a hotel room or a table at a restaurant: to reserve a single.
- a ticket for a single seat at a theater.
- a one-way ticket.
- a steam locomotive having one driving wheel on each side.
- singles, people who are unmarried or not in a romantic relationship, especially if relatively young: It's not uncommon for singles to feel lonely on Valentine Day.
- Baseball. Also called one-base hit. a base hit that enables a batter to reach first base safely.
- singles, (used with a singular verb) a match with one player on each side, as a tennis match.
- Golf. twosome(def 4).
- Cricket. a hit for which one run is scored.
- Informal. a one-dollar bill.
- 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.
- Often singles. Textiles.
- 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
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- existing alone; solitaryupon the hill stood a single tower
- distinct from other things; unique or individual
- composed of one part
- designed for one usera single room; a single bed
- (also postpositive) unmarried
- connected with the condition of being unmarriedhe led a single life
- (esp of combat) involving two individuals; one against one
- sufficient for one person or thing onlya single portion of food
- even onethere wasn't a single person on the beach
- (of a flower) having only one set or whorl of petals
- determined; single-mindeda single devotion to duty
- (of the eye) seeing correctlyto consider something with a single eye
- rare honest or sincere; genuine
- archaic (of ale, beer, etc) mild in strength
- something forming one individual unit
- an unmarried person
- a gramophone record, CD, or cassette with a short recording, usually of pop music, on it
- golf a game between two players
- cricket a hit from which one run is scored
- Britisha pound note
- US and Canadiana dollar note
- See single ticket
- (tr usually foll by out) to select from a group of people or things; distinguish by separationhe singled him out for special mention
- (tr) to thin out (seedlings)
- short for single-foot
Word Origin and History for single out
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.
Idioms and Phrases with single out
Choose or distinguish from others, as in We singled him out from all the other applicants. This idiom was first recorded in 1629.