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(1)   Being a single and separate person or thing
"Can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?"
"Every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"-William James
(2)   Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
"A curious hybrid accent"
"Her speech has a funny twang"
"They have some funny ideas about war"
"Had an odd name"
"The peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"
"Something definitely queer about this town"
"What a rum fellow"
"Singular behavior"
(3)   Unusual or striking
"A remarkable sight"
"Such poise is singular in one so young"
(4)   Grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
(5)   Composed of one member, set, or kind
(6)   The single one of its kind
"A singular example"
"The unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"
"A unique copy of an ancient manuscript"
"Certain types of problems have unique solutions"


(7)   The form of a word that is used to denote a singleton


From singuler < < singularis "alone of its kind" < singulus "single".


  1. Being only one of a larger population.
    A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon.
  2. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
  3. Distinguished by superiority, coming across as such.
  4. Being out of the ordinary, coming across as such.
  5. Referring to only one thing or person.
  6. Having no inverse.
  7. Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.


individual unique exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable curious, eccentric, funny, odd, peculiar, strange, rum, rummy, unusual non-invertible

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