singularity

[ sing-gyuh-lar-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɪŋ gyəˈlær ɪ ti /

noun, plural sin·gu·lar·i·ties for 2–4.

the state, fact, or quality of being singular.
a singular, unusual, or unique quality; peculiarity.
Mathematics. singular point.
Astronomy. (in general relativity) the mathematical representation of a black hole.

Nearby words

  1. singly,
  2. singsong,
  3. singspiel,
  4. singular,
  5. singular point,
  6. singularize,
  7. singularly,
  8. singulary,
  9. singulative,
  10. singultation

Origin of singularity

1300–50; Middle English singularite < Late Latin singulāritās. See singular, -ity

Related formsnon·sin·gu·lar·i·ty, noun, plural non·sin·gu·lar·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for singularity

singularity

/ (ˌsɪŋɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state, fact, or quality of being singular
something distinguishing a person or thing from others
something remarkable or unusual
maths
  1. a point at which a function is not differentiable although it is differentiable in a neighbourhood of that pointSee also pole 2 (def. 4)
  2. another word for discontinuity
astronomy a hypothetical point in space-time at which matter is infinitely compressed to infinitesimal volume
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Word Origin and History for singularity

singularity

n.

c.1400, "unusual behavior," also "singleness of aim or purpose," from Old French singulerte "peculiarity" (12c., Modern French singularité) or directly from Late Latin singularitatem (nominative singularitas) "a being alone," from singularis (see singular (adj.)). Meaning "fact of being different from others" is c.1500. Mathematical sense of "point at which a function takes an infinite value" is from 1893. Astronomical use is from 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for singularity

singularity

[ sĭng′gyə-lărĭ-tē ]

A point of infinite density and infinitesimal volume, at which space and time become infinitely distorted according to the theory of General Relativity. According to the big bang theory, a gravitational singularity existed at the beginning of the universe. Singularities are also believed to exist at the center of black holes.
Mathematics A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists.
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