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single US English

Only one; not one of several

single US Thesaurus

a single red rose

single someone/something out in single US English

Choose someone or something from a group for special treatment

single bond US English

A chemical bond in which one pair of electrons is shared between two atoms

single-copy US English

(Of a gene or genetic sequence) present in a genome in only one copy

single-cut US English

(Of a file) having grooves cut in one direction only, not crossing each other

single end US English

A single room

single file US English

A line of people or things arranged one behind another

single-foot US English

(Of a horse) walk by moving both legs on each side in alternation, each foot falling separately

single malt US English

Whiskey unblended with any other malt

single-use US English

Designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed

single-acting US English

(Of an engine) having pressure applied only to one side of the piston

single-action US English

(Of a gun) needing to be cocked by hand before it can be fired

single-blind US English

Denoting a test or experiment in which information that may bias the results is concealed from either tester or subject

single combat US English

Fighting between two people

single cream US English

Thin cream with a relatively low fat content

single-decker US English

A bus having only one floor or level

single-ended US English

(Of an electronic device) designed for use with unbalanced signals and therefore having one input and one output terminal grounded

single-entry US English

Denoting a system of bookkeeping in which each transaction is entered in one account only

single-handed US English

Done without help from anyone else

single-hander US English

A boat or other craft that can be sailed single-handed

single market US English

An association of countries trading with each other without restrictions or tariffs. The European single market came into effect on January 1, 1993

single-minded US English

Having or concentrating on only one aim or purpose

single parent US English

A person bringing up a child or children without a partner

single-party US English

Relating to or denoting a system of government where only one political party is permitted

single-seater US English

A vehicle or aircraft for one person

single-source US English

Give a franchise to a single supplier for (a particular product)

single-vision US English

Denoting glasses of which each lens is a single optical element; not bifocal

single-handed US Thesaurus

I installed the alarm single-handed

single-minded US Thesaurus

I got where I am with hard work and single-minded determination

single acrostic US English

An acrostic using the first letter only of each line

single-breasted US English

(Of a jacket or coat) showing only one row of buttons at the front when fastened

single currency US English

A currency used by all the members of an economic federation

single digging US English

(In gardening) digging in which only the topsoil is turned over, to the depth of one spit

single carriageway US English

A road with only one lane in each direction

single-lens reflex US English

Denoting a reflex camera in which the lens that forms the image on the film also provides the image in the viewfinder

single in in single US English

Cause (a run) to be scored by hitting a single

single-cell protein US English

Protein derived from a culture of single-celled organisms, used especially as a food supplement

Single European Act US English

A treaty providing for the establishment of a single European market from 1 January 1993, and giving greater powers to the European Parliament. It came into force on 1 July 1987

single transferable vote US English

An electoral system of proportional representation in which a person’s vote can be transferred to a second or further competing candidate (according to the voter’s stated order of preference) if the candidate of first choice is eliminated during a succession of counts or has more votes than are needed for election

every last US English

Used to emphasize that every member of a group is included

single nucleotide polymorphism US English

A variation in a single base pair in a DNA sequence

every last in every US English

Used to emphasize that every member of a group is included

singlestick US English

A wooden stick of about a sword’s length

singletree US English

A crossbar pivoted in the middle, to which the traces are attached in a horse-drawn wagon or plow

pneumonia US English

Lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia)

single European currency in single currency US English

The currency (the euro) that replaced the national currencies of twelve member states of the European Union in 2002


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