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singular

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adjective sin·gu·lar \ˈsiŋ-gyə-lər\

grammar : showing or indicating no more than one thing

: better or greater than what is usual or normal

: strange or odd

Full Definition of SINGULAR

1
a :  of or relating to a separate person or thing :  individual
b :  of, relating to, or being a word form denoting one person, thing, or instance <a singular noun>
c :  of or relating to a single instance or to something considered by itself
2
:  distinguished by superiority :  exceptional <an artist of singular attainments>
3
:  being out of the ordinary :  unusual <on the way home we had a singular adventure>
4
:  departing from general usage or expectation :  peculiar, odd <the air had a singular chill>
5
a of a matrix :  having a determinant equal to zero
b of a linear transformation :  having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero
sin·gu·lar·ly adverb

Examples of SINGULAR

  1. In the phrase his car is red, the word car is a singular noun.
  2. Walks in she walks everyday is a singular verb.
  3. He had a singular appearance.

Origin of SINGULAR

Middle English singuler, from Anglo-French, from Latin singularis, from singulus only one — more at single
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2singular

noun

Definition of SINGULAR

1
:  the singular number, the inflectional form denoting it, or a word in that form
2
:  a singular term

First Known Use of SINGULAR

14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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