a. [OE. singuler, F. singulier, fr. L.
singularius, singularis, fr. singulus single. See
Single, a.] 1. Separate
or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.]
And God forbid that all a company
Should rue a singular man's folly.
2. Engaged in by only one on a side;
To try the matter thus together in a singular
3. (Logic) Existing by itself; single;
The idea which represents one . . . determinate thing,
is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or
compound. I. Watts.
4. (Law) Each; individual; as, to
convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
5. (Gram.) Denoting one person or
thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and
6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary
course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular
So singular a sadness
Must have a cause as strange as the effect.
7. Distinguished as existing in a very high
degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man
of singular gravity or attainments.
8. Departing from general usage or
expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or
His zeal Milton.
None seconded, as out of season judged,
Or singular and rash.
To be singular in anything that is wise and
worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise.
9. 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
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;
Sin"gu*lar, n. 1.
An individual instance; a particular. [Obs.] Dr. H.
2. (Gram) The singular number, or the
number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular