[sin.gle] adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. L singulus one only; akin to L sem- one--more at same] (14c) 1 a: not married b: of or relating to celibacy
2: unaccompanied by others: lone, sole "the ~ survivor of the disaster" 3 a (1): consisting of or having only one part, feature, or portion "~ consonants" (2): consisting of one as opposed to or in contrast with many: uniform "a ~ standard for men and women" (3): consisting of only one in number "holds to a ~ ideal" b: having but one whorl of petals or ray flowers "a ~ rose"
4. a: consisting of a separate unique whole: individual "every ~ citizen" b: of, relating to, or involving only one person
5. a: frank, honest "a ~ devotion" b: exclusively attentive "an eye ~ to the truth"
6: unbroken, undivided 7: having no equal or like: singular 8: designed for the use of one person only "a ~ room" "~ bed"
single vb sin.gled ; sin.gling vt (1628) 1: to select or distinguish from a number or group--usu. used with out
2. a: to advance or score (a base runner) by a single b: to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a single ~ vi: to make a single in baseball single n (1646) 1 a: a separate individual person or thing b: an unmarried person and esp. one young and socially active--usu. used in pl. c: a recording having one short tune on each side
2: a base hit that allows the batter to reach first base 3 a pl: a tennis match or similar game with one player on each side b: a golf match between two players--usu. used in pl.
4: a room (as in a hotel) for one guest--compare double