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.
- singing game,
- singing hinny,
- singing telegram,
- single blind,
- single bond,
- single combat,
- single cream,
- single cut
Origin of single
Examples from the Web for singling
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
These pro-Mubarak mobs were singling out anyone carrying a camera, anyone who looked like a Western journalist.
Defoe had the knack of singling out from the mass of passing events whatever would be likely to interest the public.
After singling out the least humpy spot, the tundra was torn and hacked off it until a layer of damp clay earth was reached.The Land of Nome|Lanier McKee
"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.
Its members were spread out over the hall, singling out men, one after another, and engaging them in a momentary conversation.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
Singling out the wounded buck, the Matabele brave followed it.The Ruined Cities of Zululand|Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
adjective (usually prenominal)
- British a pound note
- US and Canadian a 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with single
- single file, in
- single out
- each and every (every single)