- 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.
Words nearby singular
Origin of singular
SYNONYMS FOR singular
OTHER WORDS FROM singular
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH singularsingle 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
British Dictionary definitions for singular
- the singular number
- a singular form of a word
Derived forms of singularsingularly, adverbsingularness, noun
Word Origin for singular
Cultural definitions for singular
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.)