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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
single
    adj 1: being or characteristic of a single thing or person;
           "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual
           pages"; "they went their individual ways" [syn:
           individual, single] [ant: common]
    2: used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of
       petals; "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have
       more than one row of petals" [ant: double]
    3: existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect
       or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower"; "had but
       a single thought which was to escape"; "a single survivor";
       "a single serving"; "a single lens"; "a single thickness"
       [ant: multiple]
    4: not married or related to the unmarried state; "unmarried men
       and women"; "unmarried life"; "sex and the single girl";
       "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?" [syn:
       unmarried, single] [ant: married]
    5: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an
       individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed" [syn:
       individual, single(a)]
    6: having uniform application; "a single legal code for all"
    7: not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object
       or objective; "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a
       single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained
       their exclusive attention" [syn: single(a), undivided,
       exclusive]
    n 1: a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
         [syn: single, bingle]
    2: the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this
       number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to go
       with it"; "they had lunch at one" [syn: one, 1, I,
       ace, single, unity]
    v 1: hit a single; "the batter singled to left field"

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Single \Sin"gle\, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in
   simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See
   Simple, and cf. Singular.]
   1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting
      of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.
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            No single man is born with a right of controlling
            the opinions of all the rest.         --Pope.
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   2. Alone; having no companion.
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            Who single hast maintained,
            Against revolted multitudes, the cause
            Of truth.                             --Milton.
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   3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
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            Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.
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   4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others;
      as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
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   5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single
      combat.
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            These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .
            Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.
                                                  --Milton.
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   6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
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            Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to
            compound.                             --I. Watts.
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   7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
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            I speak it with a single heart.       --Shak.
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   8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]
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            He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
                                                  --Beau. & Fl.
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   Single ale, Single beer, or Single drink, small ale,
      etc., as contrasted with double ale, etc., which is
      stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.

   Single bill (Law), a written engagement, generally under
      seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.
      --Burril.

   Single court (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two
      players.

   Single-cut file. See the Note under 4th File.

   Single entry. See under Bookkeeping.

   Single file. See under 1st File.

   Single flower (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals,
      as a wild rose.

   Single knot. See Illust. under Knot.

   Single whip (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed
      block.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Single \Sin"gle\, n.
   1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.
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   2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling
      to give them firmness.
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   3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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   4. (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; --
      usually in the plural.
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   5. (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach
      first base only.
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Single \Sin"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Singled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Singling.]
   1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a
      number; to choose out from others; to separate.
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            Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the
            dark.                                 --Bacon.
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            His blood! she faintly screamed her mind
            Still singling one from all mankind.  --More.
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   2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]
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            An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker.
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   3. To take alone, or one by one.
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            Men . . . commendable when they are singled.
                                                  --Hooker.
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5. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Single \Sin"gle\, v. i.
   To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a
   horse. See Single-foot.
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         Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a
         disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a
         pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are
         raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such
         horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. --W.
                                                  S. Clark.
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6. Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856)
SINGLE. By itself, unconnected. 
     2. A single bill is one without any condition, and does not depend upon 
any future event to give it validity. Single is also applied to an unmarried 
person; as, A B, single woman. Vide Simplex. 



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