Sin"gu*lar (?), a. [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See Single, a.]
Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.
And God forbid that all a company
Should rue a singular man's folly.
Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
To try the matter thus together in a singular combat.
Existing by itself; single; individual.
The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound.
Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
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.
Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or consure.
None seconded, as out of season judged,
Or singular and rash.
To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise.
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.
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. Whately. -- Singular succession CivilLaw, division among individual successors, as distinguished from universal succession, by which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in mass. -- 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.
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An individual instance; a particular.
Dr. H. More.
The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
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