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SIN'GULAR, a. [L. singularis,from singulus, single.]

1. Single; not complex or compound. That idea which represents one determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex or compound.

2. In grammar, expressing one person or thing; as the singular number. The singular number stands opposed to dual and plural.

3. Particular; existing by itself; unexampled; as a singular phenomenon. Your case is hard, but not singular.

4. Remarkable; eminent; unusual; rare; as a man of singular gravity, or singular attainments.

SIN'GULAR, n. A particular instance. [Unusual.]




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SIN'GULAR, a. [L. singularis,from singulus, single.]

1. Single; not complex or compound. That idea which represents one determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex or compound.

2. In grammar, expressing one person or thing; as the singular number. The singular number stands opposed to dual and plural.

3. Particular; existing by itself; unexampled; as a singular phenomenon. Your case is hard, but not singular.

4. Remarkable; eminent; unusual; rare; as a man of singular gravity, or singular attainments.

SIN'GULAR, n. A particular instance. [Unusual.]


SIN'GU-LAR, a. [Fr. singulier; L. singularis, from singulus, single.]

  1. Single; not complex or compound. That idea which represents one determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex or compound. – Watts.
  2. In grammar, expressing one person or thing; as, the singular number. The singular number stands opposed to dual and plural.
  3. Particular; existing by itself; unexampled; as, a singular phenomenon. Your case is hard, but not singular.
  4. Remarkable; eminent; unusual; rare; as, a man of singular gravity, or singular attainments.
  5. Not common; odd; implying something censurable or not approved. His zeal / None seconded, as singular and rash. – Milton.
  6. Being alone; that of which there is but one. These busts of the emperors and empresses are scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind. – Addison.

SIN'GU-LAR, n.

A particular instance. [Unusual.] – More.


Sin"gu*lar
  1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.

    [Obs.] Bacon.

    And God forbid that all a company
    Should rue a singular man's folly.
    Chaucer.

  2. An individual instance; a particular.

    [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
  3. Engaged in by only one on a side; single.

    [Obs.]

    To try the matter thus together in a singular combat. Holinshed.

  4. The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
  5. Existing by itself; single; individual.

    The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound. I. Watts.

  6. Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
  7. Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
  8. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.

    So singular a sadness
    Must have a cause as strange as the effect.
    Denham.

  9. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
  10. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure.

    His zeal
    None seconded, as out of season judged,
    Or singular and rash.
    Milton.

    To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise. Tillotson.

  11. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.

    These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind. Addison.

    Singular point in a curve (Math.), a point at which the curve possesses some peculiar properties not possessed by other points of the curve, as a cusp point, or a multiple point. -- Singular proposition (Logic), a proposition having as its subject a singular term, or a common term limited to an individual by means of a singular sign. Whately. -- Singular succession (Civil Law), division among individual successors, as distinguished from universal succession, by which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in mass. -- Singular term (Logic), a term which represents or stands for a single individual.

    Syn. -- Unexampled; unprecedented; eminent; extraordinary; remarkable; uncommon; rare; unusual; peculiar; strange; odd; eccentric; fantastic.

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Singular

SIN'GULAR, adjective [Latin singularis, from singulus, single.]

1. Single; not complex or compound. That idea which represents one determinate thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex or compound.

2. In grammar, expressing one person or thing; as the singular number. The singular number stands opposed to dual and plural.

3. Particular; existing by itself; unexampled; as a singular phenomenon. Your case is hard, but not singular

4. Remarkable; eminent; unusual; rare; as a man of singular gravity, or singular attainments.

SIN'GULAR, noun A particular instance. [Unusual.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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PAS'SIONATELY, adv. With passion; with strong feeling; ardently; vehemently; as, to covet any thing passionately; to be passionately fond.

1. Angrily; with vehement resentment; as, to speak passionately.

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