- apart from others; separately.
- one at a time; as single units.
- singlehanded; alone.
Origin of singly
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Examples from the Web for singly
They traveled in pairs or singly, and headed off to separate destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.Dubai's Hollywood Hitmen
February 19, 2010
Here; singly to your face, or in the presence of your nation.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
It does not tell us singly what poetry is, but it speculates upon the cause and effect of poetry.The Lyric
Singly, they are strong impulses; combined, their power is irresistible.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
With the halting precision of the ignorant, she had counted them singly every day.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
In the mass they are appalling but singly they are surmountable.A Daughter of the Middle Border
- one at a time; one by one
- apart from others; separately; alone
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Word Origin and History for singly
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