Hypertext Webster Gateway: "individual"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Individual \In`di*vid"u*al\, n.
1. A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or
being incapable of separation or division, without losing
its identity; especially, a human being; a person.

An object which is in the strict and primary sense
one, and can not be logically divided, is called an
individual. --Whately.

That individuals die, his will ordains. --Dryden.

2. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a
compound animal.
(b) The product of a single egg, whether it remains a
single animal or becomes compound by budding or

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Individual \In`di*vid"u*al\ (?; 135), a. [L. individuus
indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere
to divide: cf. F. individuel. See {Divide}.]
1. Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity,
or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an
individual man, animal, or city.

Mind has a being of its own, distinct from that of
all other things, and is pure, unmingled, individual
substance. --A. Tucker.

United as one individual soul. --Milton.

2. Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or
characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive;
as, individual traits of character; individual exertions;
individual peculiarities.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: being or characteristic of a single thing or person;
"individual drops of rain"; "please mark the
individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"
[ant: {common}]
2: separate and distinct from others of the same kind; "mark
the individual pages"; "on a case-by-case basis" [syn: {case-by-case},
3: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an
individual serving"; "separate rooms"; "single occupancy";
"a single bed" [syn: {separate}, {single(a)}]
4: concerning one person exclusively; "we all have individual
cars"; "each room has a private bath" [syn: {individual(a)},
n 1: a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
[syn: {person}, {someone}, {somebody}, {mortal}, {human},
2: a single organism

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