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

Single \Sin"gle\, v. i.
To take the irrregular gait called single-foot;- said of a
horse. See {Single-foot}.

Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a
disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a
pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are
raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such
horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. --W.
S. Clark.

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

Single \Sin"gle\, n.
1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.

2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling
to give them firmness.

3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

4. (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; --
usually in the plural.

5. (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach
first base only.

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

Single \Sin"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Singled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a
number; to choose out from others; to separate.

Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the
dark. --Bacon.

His blood! she faintly screamed her mind Still
singling one from all mankind. --More.

2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]

An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker.

3. To take alone, or one by one.

Men . . . commendable when they are singled.

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

Single \Sin"gle\, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in
simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See
{Simple}, and cf. {Singular}.]
1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting
of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.

No single man is born with a right of controlling
the opinions of all the rest. --Pope.

2. Alone; having no companion.

Who single hast maintained, Against revolted
multitudes, the cause Of truth. --Milton.

3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.

Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.

Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.

4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others;
as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.

5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single

These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .
Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.

6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.

Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to
compound. --I. Watts.

7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.

I speak it with a single heart. --Shak.

8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]

He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
--Beau. & Fl.

{Single ale}, {beer}, or {drink}, small ale, etc., as
contrasted with double ale, etc., which is stronger.
[Obs.] --Nares.

{Single bill} (Law), a written engagement, generally under
seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.

{Single court} (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two

{Single-cut file}. See the Note under 4th {File}.

{Single entry}. See under {Bookkeeping}.

{Single file}. See under 1st {File}.

{Single flower} (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals,
as a wild rose.

{Single knot}. See Illust. under {Knot}.

{Single whip} (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect
or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower";
"had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a
single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens";
"a single thickness" [syn: {single(a)}] [ant: {multiple}]
2: (botany; of flowers) having usually only one row or whorl of
petals; "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may
have more than one row of petals" [ant: {double}]
3: not married or related to the unmarried state" "unmarried
men and women"; "unmarried life"; "sex and the single
girl"; "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?"
[syn: {unmarried}] [ant: {married}]
4: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an
individual serving"; "separate rooms"; "single occupancy";
"a single bed" [syn: {individual}, {separate}, {single(a)}]
5: having uniform application; "a single legal code for all"
[syn: {single(a)}]
6: not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object
or objective; "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a
single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained
their exclusive attention" [syn: {single(a)}, {undivided},
7: involved two individuals; "single combat" [syn: {single(a)}]
8: individual and distinct; "pegged down each separate branch
to the earth"; "a gift for every single child" [syn: {separate},
n 1: a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
2: the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this
number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to
go with it"; "they had lunch at one" [syn: {one}, {1}, {I},
{ace}, {unity}]
v : hit a one-base hit, in baseball

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