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.
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Origin of single
OTHER WORDS FROM singlequasi-single, adjectivequasi-singly, adverbun·sin·gle, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for single
Be opens with the band’s newest single, “Life Goes On,” which dropped at midnight on Friday alongside the album itself.BTS’s new album is sublime comfort pop for the soul in lockdown|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
For single people, I’m making sure they will have something like chicken.‘Can’t eat a gift card’: Rural food banks fight to put turkeys on the table|Kyle Swenson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Away from college life, Fourth Street is much quieter with predominantly single-family homes.Berkeley: A City That Fights for the Rights of All|LGBTQ-Editor|November 20, 2020|No Straight News
Glenn’s wife, Annie, a fixture of his life so consistent that they almost operated as a single individual, is a ghostlike figure in this book whom we never get to know.
Each of these 250,000 people is a life lost to a single virus in less than nine months.How much is 250,000 deaths? Enough to empty wide swaths of the country.|Lauren Tierney, Tim Meko|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Kanye demanded confirmation that they were indeed disabled thereby singling them out.American Association of People with Disabilities to Kanye: Concert Incident ‘Downright Offensive’|Mark Perriello|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other day I wrote a column about Republican hypocrisy on Syria, singling out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for special criticism.
The IRS clearly failed at this mission, singling out conservatives for more intense inspection than liberals.
There are two levels at which inconsistency or unfair “singling out” might occur.Responding To Critics Of "On Questioning The Jewish State"|Joseph Levine|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Historically, the singling out of same-sex relations as unnatural is a comparatively recent development.History of Marital Customs on the Side of Same-Sex Marriage|Faramerz Dabhoiwala|June 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Yes, here is one from our dear boy," he said, singling out a letter and hastily tearing it open.Elsie's Vacation and After Events|Martha Finley
"Please go through this room to the telephone and call a doctor," he said, singling out the woman who had spoken.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
His glittering eyes swept the chamber, and singling out Cyrène as by premeditation, rested upon her face.The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
It was then that Falkner Sewin had come out, and singling out the spokesman had challenged him to fight.A Frontier Mystery|Bertram Mitford
It was a strange sight—the moon seemingly singling out every sleeper for me.
British Dictionary definitions for single
adjective (usually prenominal)
- British a pound note
- US and Canadian a dollar note
Derived forms of singlesingleness, noun
Word Origin for single
Idioms and Phrases with single
In addition to the idioms beginning with single
- single file, in
- single out
- each and every (every single)