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adjective sin·gle \ˈsiŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of single

  • : 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

  1. 1a :  not marriedb :  of or relating to celibacy

  2. 2 :  unaccompanied by others :  lone, sole <the single survivor of the disaster>

  3. 3a (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>

  4. 4a :  consisting of a separate unique whole :  individual <every single citizen>b :  of, relating to, or involving only one person

  5. 5a :  frank, honest <a single devotion>b :  exclusively attentive <an eye single to the truth>

  6. 6 :  unbroken, undivided

  7. 7 :  having no equal or like :  singular

  8. 8 :  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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noun sin·gle

Simple Definition of 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

  1. 1a :  a separate individual person or thingb :  an unmarried person and especially one young and socially active —usually used in pluralc (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

  2. 2 :  a base hit that allows the batter to reach first base

  3. 3a plural :  a tennis match or similar game with one player on each sideb :  a golf match between two players —usually used in plural

  4. 4 :  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



verb sin·gle

Simple Definition of single

  • : to hit a single in baseball

Full Definition of single

sin·gledsin·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to select or distinguish from a number or group —usually used with out

  3. 2a :  to advance or score (a base runner) by a singleb :  to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a single

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a single in baseball

Examples of single

  1. He singled to right field.


First Known Use of single


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