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
Recent Examples on the Web But at a finite collection of points on the surface, the maps may start to form a very specific kind of singularity called a bubble where there’s no way to make sense of a mapping. Quanta Magazine, "Karen Uhlenbeck, Uniter of Geometry and Analysis, Wins Abel Prize," 19 Mar. 2019 The circumference of the circle is the event horizon, and the dot is the singularity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes," 17 Sep. 2019 The point is the singularity, an infinitely dense, unimaginably small dot contorting space so radically that anything nearby falls straight in, leaving behind a vacuum. Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Firewalls Could Be Too Tepid to Burn," 22 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of singularity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2019

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“Singularity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singularity. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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singularity

noun
How to pronounce singularity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of singularity

formal : the quality of being strange or odd

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