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Middle English sengle < Old French sengle < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex "simple". See simple, and confer singular.
Adjectivesingle (not comparable)
- Not accompanied by anything else.
- Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?
- Not divided in parts.
- The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.
- Designed for the use of only one.
- a single room
- Designed for a single use; not reusable.
- the anti-aircraft rocket is fired from a single use launch platform.
- Not married.
- Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.
- (botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.
- (not accompanied by anything else): lone, sole
- (not divided in parts): unbroken, undivided, uniform
- (not married): unmarried
- A 45rpm vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
- A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.
- One who is not married.
- He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
- (cricket) A score of one run.
- (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
- A bill valued at $1.
- I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.
Third person singular
- To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out.
- Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag.
- Evonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.
- (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.
- Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
- “single” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "single" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
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