Meaning of SINGULAR in English

SINGULAR

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

singular/plural (= showing whether the subject is one thing or person or more )

The third person singular is 'lies'.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

form

Plurals and singulars All nouns have a plural and a singular form .

Strange Singulars Sometimes the plural or singular form of a noun is so rarely used that people forget what it is.

It may seem petty to distinguish between the plural and singular form , and therefore unnecessary to include both in the index.

But after escaping to join another gang, Devi carried out a singular form of retribution.

Autogena is not the first artist to be attracted by their singular form .

Yet one had to admit that the divine selection could take singular forms .

lack

Even this singular lack of results did not undermine him.

Congress, at least publicly, exhibited a singular lack of understanding of the causes and nature of the Seminole War.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Enya's music possesses a singular sense of vision and originality.

The singular objective of this partnership is to improve the company's safety performance.

We saw another singular item on the list of objects for sale: Napoleon's reading glasses.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A singular boundary point q can then be classified according to this scheme.

And damn him for daring to pry into my affairs and for subtly mocking my singular state!

It is an honest, remarkable and singular thing in itself.

No explanation or suggestions accompanied this rather singular statement.

She wished she could fulfil her search for this singular man from her bed, by the power of her mind alone.

This singular passion did not long remain concealed from the Goddess of Passionate Love.

What this condition of the theatre indicates is that the establishing of a singular text for many plays is extremely difficult.

II. noun

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

For a long time yet, the word civilization will continue to be used in both singular and plural.

If we were asked, now, to define civilization in the singular , we should certainly be more hesitant.

Note that criteria, data and dicta are plural words: the singulars are criterion, datum and dictum.

The universal, the totality, can only be known through the singular .

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