- of or relating to something individual, specific, or not general.
- (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”
- of or relating to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
- of or relating to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
- singular point,
Origin of singular
Examples from the Web for singular
From this attitude he draws a singular comic and literary power.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her single and singular goal in every case is to pursue justice as determined by the law.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch|Michael Daly|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The singular author Don Carpenter took his own life in 1995.Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving|Louis B. Jones|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The entire city can seem like a singular monument to his decades in office.
Eastwood is a singular screen presence, and he can be electrifying in the right role.‘Jersey Boys’ Proves Clint Eastwood is Hollywood’s Most Overrated Director|Andrew Romano|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His advice, however, sunk deep into my mind, and has often been of singular value to me since.Parker's Second Reader|Richard G. Parker
That is to say he describes them as Predicables simply by contradistinction from Singular names.Logic, Inductive and Deductive|William Minto
What singular warning of chance or of destiny tore them asunder?Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
They are all singular, many of them beautiful, and some splendid; yet they have never been popular plants in our collections.The American Flower Garden Directory|Thomas Hibbert
A singular proviso this in a country boasting so much of freedom!North America, Volume I (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
- the singular number
- a singular form of a word
Word Origin for singular
mid-14c., "alone, apart; being a unit; special, unsurpassed," from Old French singuler "personal particular; distinctive; singular in number" (12c., Modern French singulier) or directly from Latin singularis "single, solitary, one by one, one at a time; peculiar, remarkable," from singulus (see single (adj.)). Meaning "remarkably good, unusual, rare, separated from others (by excellence), uncommon" is from c.1400 in English; this also was a common meaning of Latin singularis.
In nouns, pronouns, and verbs, the grammatical form that refers to only one thing. In the following sentence, the singular words are italicized: “The police officer stops anyone who crosses before the light changes.” (Compare plural; see agreement.)