Definition of singular in English:

singular

Syllabification: sin·gu·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGɡyələr
 
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adjective

1Exceptionally good or great; remarkable: the singular beauty of the desert
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  • They had a singular beauty, outstanding amongst the exotic growth of fern and ponga on the slopes below.
  • No one else does with available light what Godard does, which brings about a singular beauty.
  • Christmas, of course, is a special case, and Dunkeld Cathedral is a place of singular beauty, but the trend still needs some explanation.
Synonyms
1.1Strange or eccentric in some respect: no explanation accompanied this rather singular statement
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  • Barely are we into what is broadly described as ‘recovery’ than we see already a strange and singular characteristic.
  • He never strayed from the sinister, sensitive steps that marked his strange and singular songwriting path.
  • In one of the more bizarre twists in a truly singular career, August 1968 saw The Incredible String Band in upstate New York as part of the Woodstock festival.
Synonyms
1.2 Mathematics (Of a square matrix) having a zero determinant.
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  • The matrix was not singular, as the interaction observed variables were not linearly dependent on the original observed variables.
  • The programs will not analyze data where the matrix is singular as it is not positive definite.
  • Using the MCMC method in Loki, if the number of iterations is too small, then it is more likely that the estimates of the IBD matrices will be singular.
1.3 Mathematics Denoting a point that is a singularity.
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  • Each spectrum was analyzed as a linear combination of basis fluorescence spectra using a singular value decomposition algorithm.
2 Grammar (Of a word or form) denoting or referring to just one person or thing.
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  • In American English, collective nouns usually take a singular verb.
  • There are other singular words for classes or units of people.
  • ‘Please inform the writers that the names of teams take the singular verb,’ he says.
3Single; unique: she always thought of herself as singular, as his only daughter
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  • And because of this singular fact, every single published estimate of Social Security income and outgo is just plain wrong.
  • Is it now official Republican theology that tax breaks are the singular solution to every single problem there is?
  • Out of this dichotomous set of associations has emerged a constellation of forces, ideas, images and experiences which have defined both the city and rural zones in unique and singular ways.

noun

(usually the singular) Grammar Back to top  
The singular form of a word: the first person singular
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  • This difference between the two constructions follows from the fact that bare plurals, but not indefinite singulars, are acceptable topics.
  • It will be noted that singulars far outnumber plurals, also that the cherished object is overwhelmingly associated with a speech act participant (mainly the addressee) rather than with a third party.
  • Keep up the good work, and watch out for collective singulars!

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'solitary, single', also 'beyond the average'): from Old French singuler, from Latin singularis, from singulus (see single).

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