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

Singular \Sin"gu*lar\, a. [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L.
singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See {Single},
1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.]

And God forbid that all a company Should rue a
singular man's folly. --Chaucer.

2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single. [Obs.]

To try the matter thus together in a singular
combat. --Holinshed.

3. (Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual.

The idea which represents one . . . determinate
thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple,
complex, or compound. --I. Watts.

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. --Denham.

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.

His zeal None seconded, as out of season judged, Or
singular and rash. --Milton.

To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy,
is not a disparagement, but a praise. --Tillotson.

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. --Addison.

{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

{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

{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.

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

Singular \Sin"gu*lar\, n.
1. An individual instance; a particular. [Obs.] --Dr. H.

2. (Gram) The singular number, or the number denoting one
person or thing; a word in the singular number.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is
singular in one so young" [syn: {remarkable}]
2: beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious
hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have
some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the
peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely
queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular
behavior" [syn: {curious}, {funny}, {odd}, {peculiar}, {queer},
{rum}, {rummy}]
3: being a single and separate person or thing; "can the
singular person be understood apart from his culture?";
"every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any
other fact and sole of its kind"-William James
4: grammatical number category referring to a single item or
unit [ant: {plural}]
5: the single one of its kind; "a singular example"; "the
unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"; "a unique
copy of an ancient manuscript"; "certain types of problems
have unique solutions" [syn: {unique}]
n : the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton [syn:
{singular form}] [ant: {plural}]

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