singly

adverb
sin·​gly | \ ˈsiŋ-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce singly (audio) \

Definition of singly

1 : without the company of others : individually

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Examples of singly in a Sentence

The birds can be seen singly or in groups. either singly or with the cooperation of other nations, we must do something about this pressing environmental issue
Recent Examples on the Web Wall-surface materials were used singly or in combination, such as cedar shingles, wide and narrow clapboards, brick, stone, and stucco. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "How Henry Ford helped create historic Dearborn neighborhood that's still popular today," 27 Nov. 2019 The houses are edible, but because construction gingerbread is much sturdier than regular, the houses mainly are for decoration, Sobczak noted, The cost is $55 a house, made singly or in pairs. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn how to make a gingerbread house at Pastiche at the Metro in December," 25 Nov. 2019 In six of the pictures, the subjects stand singly against bright monochrome grounds. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Amy Sherald Effect," 16 Sep. 2019 The bag limit for game turtles is four per day (singly or in aggregate), and the possession limit is 8 (total) for these species. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Snapping turtles: 5 things you need to know," 14 July 2019 Andrenid bees, a species of bumblebee, live singly and are the primary pollinator of wild blueberries. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bee kind to Alaska’s pollinators (but it’s OK to smack a wasp)," 26 June 2019 The large daisy-like flowers with mounded heads and showy rose or pink rays (petals) are usually borne singly on stout stems, well above the foliage. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 The large daisy-like flowers with mounded heads and showy rose or pink rays (petals) are usually borne singly on stout stems, well above the foliage. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Life jackets floated singly, and men without life jackets beat against the sides of boats, trying to clamber into them. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of singly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Singly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singly. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for singly

singly

adverb
How to pronounce singly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of singly

formal : without another

singly

adverb
sin·​gly | \ ˈsiŋ-gə-lē How to pronounce singly (audio) , ˈsiŋ-glē \

Kids Definition of singly

: one by one : individually

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