Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Sin"gu*lar (?), a. [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See Single, a.]
1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.]
And God forbid that all a company
Should rue a singular man's folly.
2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single. [Obs.]
To try the matter thus together in a singular combat.
3. (Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual.
The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound.
4. (Law) Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
5. (Gram.) Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.
So singular a sadness
Must have a cause as strange as the effect.
7. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
8. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or consure.
None seconded, as out of season judged,
Or singular and rash.
To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise.
9. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind.
Singular point in a curve (Math.)
, a point at which the curve possesses some peculiar properties not possessed by other points of the curve, as a cusp point, or a multiple point. -- Singular proposition (Logic)
, a proposition having as its subject a singular term, or a common term limited to an individual by means of a singular sign. Whately
. -- Singular succession (Civil Law)
, division among individual successors, as distinguished from universal succession
, by which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in mass. -- Singular term (Logic)
, a term which represents or stands for a single individual.
Syn. -- Unexampled; unprecedented; eminent; extraordinary; remarkable; uncommon; rare; unusual; peculiar; strange; odd; eccentric; fantastic.
1. An individual instance; a particular. [Obs.]
Dr. H. More.
2. (Gram) The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.