|a.||1.||Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.|
|2.||Engaged in by only one on a side; single.|
|3.||(Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual.|
|4.||(Law) Each; individual; |
|5.||(Gram.) Denoting one person or thing; |
|6.||Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; |
|7.||Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; |
|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.|
These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind.
|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.|
|Noun||1.||singular - the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton|
Synonyms: singular form
|Adj.||1.||singular - unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is singular in one so young"|
|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"|
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.