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sin·gle  (snggl)
1. Not accompanied by another or others; solitary.
a. Consisting of one part, aspect, or section: a single thickness; a single serving.
b. Having the same application for all; uniform: a single moral code for all.
c. Consisting of one in number: She had but a single thought, which was to escape.
3. Not divided; unbroken: a single slab of ice.
a. Separate from others; individual and distinct: Every single child will receive a gift.
b. Having individual opponents; involving two individuals only: single combat.
a. Honest; undisguised: a single adoration.
b. Wholly attentive: You must judge the contest with a single eye.
6. Designed to accommodate one person: a single bed.
a. Unmarried.
b. Lacking a partner: a single parent.
c. Relating to the unmarried state: enjoys the single life.
d. Of or relating to celibacy.
8. Botany Having only one rank or row of petals: a single flower.
1. One that is separate and individual.
2. An accommodation for one person, as in a hotel.
a. An unmarried person.
b. singles Unmarried persons considered as a group: a bar for singles.
4. A one-dollar bill.
a. A phonograph record, especially a forty-five, having one song on each side.
b. A song on one of these sides.
c. A song, often from a full-length album or compact disk, that is released for airplay.
6. Baseball A hit by which a batter reaches first base safely; a one-base hit.
7. Sports
a. A hit for one run in cricket.
b. A golf match between two players.
c. A tennis or badminton match between two players. Often used in the plural.
d. singles A competition in which individuals compete against each other, as in rowing or figure skating.
v. sin·gled, sin·gling, sin·gles
1. To choose or distinguish from others. Often used with out: We singled her out from the list of applicants.
2. Baseball
a. To cause (a base runner) to score or advance by making a one-base hit: singled him to second.
b. To cause the scoring of (a run) by a one-base hit.
v.intr. Baseball
To make a single.

[Middle English sengle, from Old French, from Latin singulus; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.]

single·ness n.

single  /sgl/  adj. 1 only one: You can start a fire with a single match. 2 separate, individual: Every single book in the library has a number. 3 unmarried: She is single because she doesnt want a husband.
n. 1 one person: seat for a single 2 usu. pl. unmarried people: The club had a party for singles. 3 a one-dollar bill: The magazine cost $2.95, so I paid for it with three singles. 4 (in baseball) a hit in which the runner reaches first base 5 pl. tennis with two players (not four): The couple played singles against each other. See: double.
v. -gled, -gling, -gles 1 [I] (in baseball) to reach first base with a hit 2 phrasal v. sep. [T] to single s.o. out: to choose or indicate one person from a group: The professor singled out the only person who answered the question correctly.||She singled him out.

Thesaurus: single adj. 1 solitary, lone | sole 2 distinct 3 unattached, free.
n. 1 an individual, a sole person 3 a one (dollar bill).

Usage Note: In American culture, it is not considered polite to ask a person you do not know well if he or she is single or married. single

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