sin·​gu·​lar·​i·​ty | \ˌsiŋ-gyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -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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The big bang was what people called a singularity—a point of infinite mass and density for which existing theories fall apart. Alexander Hellemans, Scientific American, "A Conversation with Thomas Hertog, One of Stephen Hawking’s Final Collaborators," 24 May 2018 As Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector explains in Guardians of the Galaxy, six singularities existed before the creation of the Universe. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything to Know About Marvel’s Infinity Stones Before You See Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018 So, too, does the music of The Internet, in all its cool singularity, suit you, water bearer. Mary Sollosi,, "Your July pop culture horoscope revealed: Whitney Houston, Comic-Con, and Sharp Objects," 29 June 2018 Only two Bournonville excerpts shone with a singularity that revealed the personable warmth and gestural ease long associated with the company’s dancers. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Mixed Bill With Varied Results," 22 June 2018 To be the first black artist who was not a black artist, while never not being a black artist: This is to make of yourself a holy singularity. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Extending the human life span is one of the dreams of the post-singularity world. Jules Julien, Smithsonian, "What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?," 21 Mar. 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 So is this the end for eternal inflation and the big bang singularity? Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Stephen Hawking’s (almost) last paper: putting an end to the beginning of the universe," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of singularity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the quality of being strange or odd

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