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Single vs. Individual

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Singleadjective

Not accompanied by anything else; one in number.

‘Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?’; ‘The vase contained a single long-stemmed rose.’;

Individualnoun

A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

‘He is an unusual individual.’;

Singleadjective

Not divided in parts.

‘The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.’;

Individualnoun

(legal) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.

Singleadjective

Designed for the use of only one.

‘a single room’;

Individualnoun

An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.

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Singleadjective

Performed by one person, or one on each side.

‘a single combat’;

Individualnoun

(statistics) An element belonging to a population.

Singleadjective

Not married or (in modern times) not involved in a romantic relationship without being married or not dating anyone exclusively.

‘Forms often ask if a person is single, married, divorced, or widowed. In this context, a person who is dating someone but who has never married puts "single".’; ‘Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.’;

Individualadjective

Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.

‘As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one.’;

Singleadjective

(botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.

Individualadjective

Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.

‘individual personal pension; individual cream cakes’;

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Singleadjective

(obsolete) Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.

Individualadjective

Not divisible without losing its identity.

Singleadjective

Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.

Individualadjective

Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city.

‘Mind has a being of its own, distinct from that of all other things, and is pure, unmingled, individual substance.’; ‘United as one individual soul.’;

Singleadjective

(obsolete) Simple; foolish; weak; silly.

Individualadjective

Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities.

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Singlenoun

(music) A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.

Individualnoun

A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person.

‘An object which is in the strict and primary sense one, and can not be logically divided, is called an individual.’; ‘That individuals die, his will ordains.’;

Singlenoun

(music) A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually having at least one extra track.

‘The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.’;

Individualnoun

An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal.

Singlenoun

One who is not married.

‘He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.’;

Individualnoun

a human being;

‘there was too much for one person to do’;

Singlenoun

(cricket) A score of one run.

Individualnoun

a single organism

Singlenoun

(baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.

Individualadjective

being or characteristic of a single thing or person;

‘individual drops of rain’; ‘please mark the individual pages’; ‘they went their individual ways’;

Singlenoun

(dominoes) A tile that has a different value (i.e. number of pips) at each end.

Individualadjective

separate and distinct from others of the same kind;

‘mark the individual pages’; ‘on a case-by-case basis’;

Singlenoun

A bill valued at $1.

‘I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.’;

Individualadjective

characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;

‘an individual serving’; ‘separate rooms’; ‘single occupancy’; ‘a single bed’;

Singlenoun

(UK) A one-way ticket.

Individualadjective

concerning one person exclusively;

‘we all have individual cars’; ‘each room has a private bath’;

Singlenoun

(Canadian football) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.

Individualadjective

single; separate

‘individual tiny flowers’;

Singlenoun

A game with one player on each side, as in tennis.

Individualadjective

of or for a particular person

‘the individual needs of the children’;

Singlenoun

One of the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.

Individualadjective

designed for use by one person

‘a casserole served in individual portions’;

Singlenoun

A handful of gleaned grain.

Individualadjective

characteristic of a particular person or thing

‘she was surprised at how individual the others' bodies were’;

Singleverb

To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out.

‘Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag.’; ‘Yvonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.’;

Individualadjective

having a striking or unusual character; original

‘she creates her own, highly individual landscapes’;

Singleverb

(baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.

‘Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.’;

Individualnoun

a single human being as distinct from a group

‘boat trips for parties and individuals’;

Singleverb

(agriculture) To thin out.

Individualnoun

a single member of a class

‘they live in a group or as individuals, depending on the species’;

Singleverb

(of a horse) To take the irregular gait called singlefoot.

Individualnoun

a person of a specified kind

‘the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met’;

Singleverb

To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.

Individualnoun

a distinctive or original person.

Singleverb

To take alone, or one by one.

Individual

An individual is that which exists as a distinct entity. Individuality (or self-hood) is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly (in the case of humans) of being a person unique from other people and possessing one's own needs or goals, rights and responsibilities.

Singleadjective

One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.

‘No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest.’;

Singleadjective

Alone; having no companion.

‘Who single hast maintained,Against revolted multitudes, the causeOf truth.’;

Singleadjective

Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.

‘Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.’; ‘Single chose to live, and shunned to wed.’;

Singleadjective

Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.

Singleadjective

Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat.

‘These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . . Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.’;

Singleadjective

Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.

‘Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.’;

Singleadjective

Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.

‘I speak it with a single heart.’;

Singleadjective

Simple; not wise; weak; silly.

‘He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.’;

Singleverb

To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate.

‘Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark.’; ‘His blood! she faintly screamed her mindStill singling one from all mankind.’;

Singleverb

To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.

‘An agent singling itself from consorts.’;

Singleverb

To take alone, or one by one.

‘Men . . . commendable when they are singled.’;

Singleverb

To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; - said of a horse. See Single-foot.

‘Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed.’;

Singlenoun

A unit; one; as, to score a single.

Singlenoun

The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.

Singlenoun

A handful of gleaned grain.

Singlenoun

A game with but one player on each side; - usually in the plural.

Singlenoun

A hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only.

Singlenoun

a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base

Singlenoun

the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number;

‘he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it’; ‘they had lunch at one’;

Singleverb

hit a one-base hit

Singleadjective

existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual;

‘upon the hill stood a single tower’; ‘had but a single thought which was to escape’; ‘a single survivor’; ‘a single serving’; ‘a single lens’; ‘a single thickness’;

Singleadjective

used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals;

‘single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals’;

Singleadjective

not married or related to the unmarried state;

‘unmarried men and women’; ‘unmarried life’; ‘sex and the single girl’; ‘single parenthood’; ‘are you married or single?’;

Singleadjective

characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;

‘an individual serving’; ‘separate rooms’; ‘single occupancy’; ‘a single bed’;

Singleadjective

having uniform application;

‘a single legal code for all’;

Singleadjective

not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective;

‘judging a contest with a single eye’; ‘a single devotion to duty’; ‘undivided affection’; ‘gained their exclusive attention’;

Singleadjective

involved two individuals;

‘single combat’;

Singleadjective

individual and distinct;

‘pegged down each separate branch to the earth’; ‘a gift for every single child’;

Singleadjective

only one; not one of several

‘the kingdom was ruled over by a single family’; ‘a single red rose’;

Singleadjective

regarded as distinct from each other or others in a group

‘alcohol is the single most important cause of violence’; ‘she wrote down every single word’;

Singleadjective

even one (used for emphasis)

‘they didn't receive a single reply’;

Singleadjective

designed or suitable for one person

‘a single bed’;

Singleadjective

not accompanied by others; alone.

Singleadjective

unmarried or not involved in a stable sexual relationship

‘a single mother’;

Singleadjective

consisting of one part

‘the studio was a single large room’;

Singleadjective

(of a ticket) valid for an outward journey only, not for the return

‘a first-class single ticket’;

Singleadjective

(of a flower) having only one whorl of petals

‘the individual blooms can be single, semi-double, or fully double’;

Singleadjective

denoting an alcoholic drink that consists of one measure of spirits

‘a single whisky’;

Singleadjective

free from duplicity or deceit; ingenuous

‘a pure and single heart’;

Singlenoun

an individual person or thing rather than part of a pair or a group.

Singlenoun

a short record or CD featuring one main song or track.

Singlenoun

people who are unmarried or not involved in a stable sexual relationship

‘a singles holiday’; ‘the divorce rate is rising so you'll see more singles in their late 30s and early 40s’;

Singlenoun

a ticket that is valid only for an outward journey.

Singlenoun

a bedroom, especially in a hotel, that is suitable for one person.

Singlenoun

a single measure of spirits.

Singlenoun

a one-dollar note.

Singlenoun

a hit for one run.

Singlenoun

a hit which allows the batter to proceed safely to first base.

Singlenoun

(especially in tennis and badminton) a game or competition for individual players, not pairs or teams.

Singlenoun

a system of change-ringing in which one pair of bells changes places at each round.

Singleverb

choose someone or something from a group for special treatment

‘one newspaper was singled out for criticism’;

Singleverb

thin out (seedlings or saplings)

‘hand hoes are used for singling roots’;

Singleverb

reduce (a railway track) to a single line

‘the South Western line was singled west of Salisbury’;

Singleverb

hit a single

‘Cohen singled to centre’;

Singleverb

cause (a run) to be scored by hitting a single.

Singleverb

advance (a runner) by hitting a single.

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