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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But the data also highlight the region’s unique neighborhoods, places whose singularity is written in the books residents hold dear. Maria L. La Ganga, www.latimes.com, "What's L.A. reading? Our habits are as diverse as the city itself," 6 June 2019 What strikes the reader is not so much the cohesion of unified belief communities as the development of divisions within each: orthodoxy versus revisionism, fundamentalism versus liberalism, God’s singularity versus his plurality. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 Focusing on the singularity of Trumpian corruption can seem like a distraction. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Stop saying “drain the swamp”," 7 Sep. 2018 Conceived and developed across the past two decades, in part to sidestep such conundrums, models of black stars and gravastars postulate these objects would lack singularities and event horizons. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Black Hole Pretenders Could Really Be Bizarre Quantum Stars," 16 Mar. 2018 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, EW.com, "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

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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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