singular: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sing'gyu-lur), [key]
— adj.
  1. extraordinary; remarkable; exceptional: a singular success.
  2. unusual or strange; odd; different: singular behavior.
  3. being the only one of its kind; distinctive; unique: a singular example.
  4. separate; individual.
  5. noting or pertaining to a member of the category of number found in many languages that indicates that a word form has one referent or denotes one person, place, thing, or instance, as English boy and thing, which are singular nouns, or goes, a singular form of the verb go. Cf.(def. 4),(def. 4).
    1. of or pertaining to something individual, specific, or not general.
    2. (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”
    1. of or pertaining to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
    2. of or pertaining to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
  6. private.
  7. single.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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