singularity

noun
sin·​gu·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsiŋ-gyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce singularity (audio) , -ˈla-rə-\
plural singularities

Definition of singularity

1 : something that is singular: such as
a : a separate unit
b : unusual or distinctive manner or behavior : peculiarity
2 : the quality or state of being singular
3 : a point at which the derivative of a given function of a complex variable does not exist but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative does exist
4 : a point or region of infinite mass density at which space and time are infinitely distorted by gravitational forces and which is held to be the final state of matter falling into a black hole

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Examples of singularity in a Sentence

People could not understand the singularity of his imagination. a college professor with singularities of dress and speech that have long endeared him to his students

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Thus continued a debate that has come to encompass language, history and the singularity of the Holocaust. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s Jewish community split over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison of border detention to ‘concentration camps’," 24 June 2019 The duo’s theoretical investigations of black holes and the mysterious singularities at their centers had turned them on to the question of our cosmic origin. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 Jet setter No one really knows what, if anything, is at the core of a black hole, called the singularity. National Geographic, "First-ever picture of a black hole unveiled," 10 Apr. 2019 Focusing on the singularity of Trumpian corruption can seem like a distraction. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Stop saying “drain the swamp”," 7 Sep. 2018 So, too, does the music of The Internet, in all its cool singularity, suit you, water bearer. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your July pop culture horoscope revealed: Whitney Houston, Comic-Con, and Sharp Objects," 29 June 2018 When the singularity occurs, our robot overlords might keep the punniest among us around. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can the punniest also be the funniest?," 17 May 2018 Theorists cannot extrapolate the trajectory of an object beyond the singularity; its time line ends there. George Musser, Scientific American, "What Is Spacetime?," 8 May 2018 Such singularities are useful to the common perception of heroism. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Brad Pitt Visited His 'Genius and Gorgeous' New Friend Professor Neri Oxman at MIT Last Fall," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of singularity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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singularity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of singularity

formal : the quality of being strange or odd

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