Definition of singularity in English:

singularity

Line breaks: sin¦gu¦lar|ity
Pronunciation: /sɪŋgjʊˈlarɪti
 
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noun (plural singularities)

  • 1 [mass noun] The state, fact, quality, or condition of being singular: he believed in the singularity of all cultures
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    • On the other hand an apple is a primary object, or object of mathematics, when we consider only its primary qualities of shape and singularity (quantity).
    • Acting ethically therefore does not mean acting in accordance with a universal principle but responding to the needs and demands of the other in her own uniqueness and singularity.
    • Instead it emphasized the uniqueness, singularity, and indexical immediacy of the art object itself.
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  • 1.1 [count noun] A peculiarity or odd trait: it is a singularity of the book that it contains such a wealth of illustrations
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    • The more I think about this, and as I write it, it rather does seem less a quirky singularity, and more of an onrushing descent into a foggy loopiness.
    • In another example, Deleuze calls attention to very small children, as yet unformed as individuals, who all tend to resemble one another except in their singularities - a smile, a gesture.
    • The city is the arena of multiple singularities, packed densely with each intensely individual life living out its deeply personal destiny.
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  • 2 Physics & Mathematics A point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, such as at the centre of a black hole.
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    • Within the singularity, matter is infinitely compressed into a region of infinite density.
    • If neutron degeneracy is not enough to resist the star's collapse it will continue to shrink until the matter is all compressed into an infinitely small, infinitely dense point called a singularity.
    • Penrose introduced the scope of modern physics and followed with a description of possible models of the universe based on criteria from the theory of relativity, including the effect of singularities.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French singularite, from late Latin singularitas, from singularis 'alone (of its kind)' (see singular).

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