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
Related formsqua·si-sin·gle, adjectivequa·si-sin·gly, adverbun·sin·gle, adjective
Examples from the Web for singles
The song did indeed become an underground hit before hitting the mainstream, reaching No. 15 on the RB singles chart.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon|Marcus Baram|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To risk eye contact with any of the above is to forfeit all singles in your wallet.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Words like ‘singles’ and ‘meet new people’ are prominent in the ads, as are pictures of laughing women.
Into the pocket goes a pair of all-beef hot dogs (singles are also available).The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners Are at Jimmy Buff’s|Jane & Michael Stern|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our church tends to attract a younger crowd of singles and families with small children.Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets|Matthew Paul Turner|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Few, indeed, could do it properly, though the singles of some were very neat.
Hays, as you know, has that peculiar cross-fire delivery that singles him out among pitchers.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
The machines will carry three as well as two, and even if we have, by some mischance to go up in singles, they'll carry double.Air Service Boys in the Big Battle|Charles Amory Beach
"A set of ten Chippendale singles with two armchairs will fetch almost anything you like nowadays," he added.A harum-scarum schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
The match was to be at one-hundred balls—sixty singles, and twenty pairs of doubles.The Adventures of Bobby Orde|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for singles (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for singles (2 of 2)
adjective (usually prenominal)
- British a pound note
- US and Canadian a dollar note
Derived Formssingleness, noun
Word Origin for single
Idioms and Phrases with singles
In addition to the idioms beginning with single
- single file, in
- single out
- each and every (every single)