Definition for SIN'GLE

SIN'GLE, a. [L. singulus; probably from a root that signifies to separate.]

  1. Separate; one; only; individual; consisting of one only; as, a single star; a single city; a single act.
  2. Particular; individual. No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest. – Pope.
  3. Uncompounded. Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound. – Watts.
  4. Alone; having no companion or assistant. Who single hast maintain'd / Against revolted multitudes the cause of truth. – Milton.
  5. Unmarried; as, a single man; a single woman.
  6. Not double; not complicated; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
  7. Performed with one person or antagonist on a side, or with one person only opposed to another; as, a single fight; a single combat.
  8. Pure; simple; incorrupt; unbiased; having clear vision of divine truth. – Matth. vi.
  9. Small; weak; silly. [Obs.] – Beaum. Shak.
  10. In botany, a single flower is when there is only one on a stem, and in common usage, one not double. – Martyn.

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