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 The acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House shows that the industry is headed toward a monopolistic singularity. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Pretty Soon There’ll Be Just One Big Book Publisher Left," 25 Nov. 2020 Everything within a certain distance of the singularity becomes gravitationally trapped, destined to fall inward. Quanta Magazine, "Physics Nobel Awarded for Black Hole Breakthroughs," 6 Oct. 2020 Could the universe have bounced into and out of a single-particle singularity? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Universe May Have Actually Started With the Big Bounce—Not a Bang," 14 Dec. 2020 But there remains in all his jaunty, swaying scenes of communal life a secretive, feline quality, as if he were determined to retain a right to solitude, to singularity. Washington Post, "Jacob Lawrence painted the public and private rhythms of a Brooklyn street," 18 Nov. 2020 After less than a day, the astronaut’s body will reach the singularity and be torn apart by gravitational tidal force. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "Black Hole Are Finally Trending," 7 Nov. 2020 Time freezes at the event horizon and gravity becomes infinite at the singularity. Chris Impey, The Conversation, "The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons," 30 Oct. 2020 For today’s media, right, left, and center, the singularity of the presidency provides a convenient focus on which to project all of the nation’s political drama. Jack Butler, National Review, "The Presidency Matters Far Too Much," 3 Nov. 2020 At their centers is a singularity, a point in space where the density is infinite. Chris Impey, The Conversation, "The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons," 30 Oct. 2020

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of singularity

formal : the quality of being strange or odd

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