only one in number; one only; unique; sole:
a single example.
of, relating to, or suitable for one person only:
a single room.
solitary or sole; lone:
He was the single survivor.
unmarried or not in a romantic relationship:
a single man.
pertaining to the unmarried state:
the single life.
of or noting a parent who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.
of one against one, as combat or fight.
consisting of only one part, element, or member:
a single lens.
sincere and undivided:
separate, particular, or distinct; individual:
Every single one of you must do your best. It’s the single most important thing.
uniform; applicable to all:
a single safety code for all manufacturers.
(of a bed or bedclothes) twin-size.
(of a flower) having only one set of petals.
British. of standard strength or body, as ale, beer, etc.
Compare double (def 1).
(of the eye) seeing rightly.
verb (used with object), singled, singling.
to pick or choose (one) from others (usually followed by out):
to single out a fact for special mention.
to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a one-base hit.
to cause (a run) to be scored by a one-base hit (often followed by in or home).
verb (used without object), singled, singling.
Baseball. to hit a single.
one person or thing; a single one.
an accommodation suitable for one person only, as a hotel room or a table at a restaurant:
to reserve a single.
a ticket for a single seat at a theater.
a one-way ticket.
a steam locomotive having one driving wheel on each side.
singles, people who are unmarried or not in a romantic relationship, especially if relatively young:
It’s not uncommon for singles to feel lonely on Valentine Day.
Baseball.. Also called one-base hit. a base hit that enables a batter to reach first base safely.
singles, (used with a singular verb) a match with one player on each side, as a tennis match.
Golf. twosome (def 4).
Cricket. a hit for which one run is scored.
Informal. a one-dollar bill.
a phonograph record, CD, or cassette usually having two songs:
I probably won’t buy the single.
one of the songs recorded on a single:
a hit single.
a song released or promoted separately from the rest of the album to which it belongs:
A viral video put that single back on the charts.
Often, singles. Textiles.
reeled or spun silk that may or may not be thrown.
a one-ply yarn of any fiber that has been drawn and twisted.
(tennis, badminton) a match played with one person on each side
adjective (usually prenominal)
existing alone; solitary: upon the hill stood a single tower
distinct from other things; unique or individual
composed of one part
designed for one user: a single room, a single bed
(also postpositive) unmarried
connected with the condition of being unmarried: he led a single life
(esp of combat) involving two individuals; one against one
sufficient for one person or thing only: a single portion of food
even one: there wasn’t a single person on the beach
(of a flower) having only one set or whorl of petals
determined; single-minded: a single devotion to duty
(of the eye) seeing correctly: to consider something with a single eye
(rare) honest or sincere; genuine
(archaic) (of ale, beer, etc) mild in strength
something forming one individual unit
an unmarried person
a gramophone record, CD, or cassette with a short recording, usually of pop music, on it
(golf) a game between two players
(cricket) a hit from which one run is scored
(Brit) a pound note
(US & Canadian) a dollar note
See single ticket
(transitive) usually foll by out. to select from a group of people or things; distinguish by separation: he singled him out for special mention
(transitive) to thin out (seedlings)
short for single-foot
noun 1. a bar or tavern catering to a clientele composed chiefly of single men and women, especially those seeking a lover or spouse. noun 1. a bar or club that is a social meeting place for single people
noun 1. a race for sculls each rowed by one oarsman using a pair of oars.
adjective 1. designated for, pertaining to, or serving only males or only females: a single-sex college. adjective 1. (of schools, etc) admitting members of one sex only; not coeducational
adjective 1. (of a firearm) requiring loading before each shot; not having or using a cartridge magazine.