Sin´gu`lar   Pronunciation: sĭņ´gũ`lẽr
a.1.Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.
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.
To try the matter thus together in a singular combat.
- Holinshed.
3.(Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual.
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 censure.
9.Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
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.
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.
- Whately.
Singular term
(Logic) a term which represents or stands for a single individual.
n.1.An individual instance; a particular.
2.(Gram) The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
Noun1.singular - the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
Synonyms: singular form
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Adj.1.singular - unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is singular in one so young"
Synonyms: remarkable
2.singular - 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"
3.singular - 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.singular - grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
plural - grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
5.singular - 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"
Synonyms: unique

SINGULAR, construction. In grammar the singular is used to express only one, not plural. Johnson.
     2. In law, the singular frequently includes the plural. A bequest to "my nearest relation," for example, will be considered as a bequest to all the relations in the same degree, who are nearest to the testator. 1 Ves. sen. 337; 1 Bro. C. C. 293. A bequest made to "my heir," by a person who had three heirs, will be construed in the plural. 4 Russ. C. C. 384.
     3. The same rule obtains in the civil law: In usu juris frequenter uti nos singulari appellationie, am plura significari vellemus. Dig. 50, l6, 158.

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