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singular adj
1 unusual or striking; "a remarkable sight"; "such poise is singular in one so young" [syn: remarkable]
2 beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior" [syn: curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy]
3 being a single and separate person or thing; "can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?"; "every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"-William James
4 grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit [ant: plural]
5 the single one of its kind; "a singular example"; "the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"; "a unique copy of an ancient manuscript"; "certain types of problems have unique solutions" [syn: unique] n : the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton [syn: singular form] [ant: plural]

User Contributed Dictionary



From singuler < < singularis "alone of its kind" < singulus "single".


  1. Being only one of a larger population.
    A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon.
  2. Being the only one of the kind; unique.
  3. Distinguished by superiority.
  4. Being out of the ordinary.
  5. Referring to only one thing or person.
  6. In the context of "linearalg|of matrix": Having no inverse.
  7. In the context of "linearalg|of transformation": Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.

Derived terms


being only one of larger population
being the only one of a kind
distinguished by superiority
being out of the ordinary
grammar: referring to only one thing
linear algebra: of matrix: having no inverse

Extensive Definition

Singular may refer to:
In mathematics:
  • Mathematical singularity
  • A singular matrix is one that is not invertible
  • A singular measure is a measure or probability distribution whose support has zero Lebesgue measure. More generally, one may speak of an object "singular with respect to a measure μ", meaning that μ replaces the Lebesgue measure above
  • An infinite cardinal number is called singular if it is not a regular cardinal
Possible misspelling:
  • Singulair, Merck trademark for Montelukast, a common prescription drug used in maintenance treatment of asthma and to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
singular in Tosk Albanian: Singular
singular in Arabic: أَحَدٌ
singular in Czech: Jednotné číslo
singular in German: Singular
singular in Spanish: Singular (desambiguación)
singular in French: Singulier
singular in Icelandic: Eintala
singular in Italian: Singolare
singular in Dutch: Singulier
singular in Swedish: Singularis
singular in Portuguese: Singular

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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