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

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 The singularity of those buildings have now basically been erased from the American landscape. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Curry, basketball’s greatest source of unfettered, score-indifferent joy for the past decade, surrounded by Allen and Miller clarified the singularity of his achievement. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2021 My Body mostlyomits the wider dialogues on desirability politics, media, labor, and power that make the book feel timely, carving out a vision of becoming that prizes the singularity of the author. Jordan Taliha Mcdonald, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 For the novel’s engineers, as for Mr. McCarthy, the coming technological singularity is not a nightmare but a consummation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2021 The second kind of singularity was even more mysterious. Quanta Magazine, 6 Oct. 2021 It’s the refinement of how a team gets better, and unity over singularity is more important. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 15 Nov. 2021 The triangle singularity was postulated in 1950 by Russian physicist Lev Davidovich Landau, but never seen before. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 But the researchers found that such events in our universe do not produce the same result—a collision always ends with the singularity still wrapped inside a black hole. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of singularity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Singularity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of singularity

: the quality of being strange or odd

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