adjective sin·gle \ˈsiŋ-gəl\

: not having or including another : only one

: not married or not having a serious romantic relationship with someone

—used for emphasis after words like any, each, every, etc.

Full Definition of SINGLE

a :  not married
b :  of or relating to celibacy
:  unaccompanied by others :  lone, sole <the single survivor of the disaster>
a (1) :  consisting of or having only one part, feature, or portion <single consonants> (2) :  consisting of one as opposed to or in contrast with many :  uniform <a single standard for men and women> (3) :  consisting of only one in number <holds to a single ideal>
b :  having but one whorl of petals or ray flowers <a single rose>
a :  consisting of a separate unique whole :  individual <every single citizen>
b :  of, relating to, or involving only one person
a :  frank, honest <a single devotion>
b :  exclusively attentive <an eye single to the truth>
:  having no equal or like :  singular
:  designed for the use of one person only <a single room> <a single bed>

Examples of SINGLE

  1. A single shoe was found.
  2. It costs $10 for a single glass of wine!
  3. a single serving of carrots
  4. He earns $2,000 in a single week.

Origin of SINGLE

Middle English sengle, from Anglo-French, from Latin singulus one only; akin to Latin sem- one — more at same
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with SINGLE



: an unmarried person and especially one who is young and socially active

baseball : a hit that allows the batter to reach first base

cricket : a hit that scores one run

Full Definition of SINGLE

a :  a separate individual person or thing
b :  an unmarried person and especially one young and socially active —usually used in plural
c (1) :  a recording having one short tune on each side
(2) :  a music recording having two or more tracks that is shorter than a full-length album; also :  a song that is particularly popular independent of other songs on the same album or by the same artist
:  a base hit that allows the batter to reach first base
a plural :  a tennis match or similar game with one player on each side
b :  a golf match between two players —usually used in plural
:  a room (as in a hotel) for one guest — compare double 7

Examples of SINGLE

  1. He hit a single to right field.
  2. Do you want to play singles or doubles?

First Known Use of SINGLE


Other Baseball Terms

alley, cleanup, nightcap, safety, save, shag



: to hit a single in baseball

sin·gledsin·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SINGLE

transitive verb
:  to select or distinguish from a number or group —usually used with out
a :  to advance or score (a base runner) by a single
b :  to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a single
intransitive verb
:  to make a single in baseball

Examples of SINGLE

  1. He singled to right field.

First Known Use of SINGLE

May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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