Definitions for: Single


[n] a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
[n] 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"
[adj] 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?"
[adj] (botany; of flowers) having usually only one row or whorl of petals; "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals"
[v] hit a one-base hit, in baseball



Webster (1913) Definition: Sin"gle, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in
simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See
Simple, and cf. Singular.]
1. 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. --Pope.

2. Alone; having no companion.

Who single hast maintained, Against revolted
multitudes, the cause Of truth. --Milton.

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

Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
--Shak.

Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.

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

5. 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.
--Milton.

6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.

Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to
compound. --I. Watts.

7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.

I speak it with a single heart. --Shak.

8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]

He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
--Beau. & Fl.

Single ale, beer, or drink, small ale, etc., as
contrasted with double ale, etc., which is stronger.
[Obs.] --Nares.

Single bill (Law), a written engagement, generally under
seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.
--Burril.

Single court (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two
players.

Single-cut file. See the Note under 4th File.

Single entry. See under Bookkeeping.

Single file. See under 1st File.

Single flower (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals,
as a wild rose.

Single knot. See Illust. under Knot.

Single whip (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed
block.


Sin"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Singled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Singling.]
1. 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. --Bacon.

His blood! she faintly screamed her mind Still
singling one from all mankind. --More.

2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]

An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker.

3. To take alone, or one by one.

Men . . . commendable when they are singled.
--Hooker.


Sin"gle, v. i.
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. --W.
S. Clark.


Sin"gle, n.
1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.

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

3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

4. (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; --
usually in the plural.

5. (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach
first base only.

Synonyms: 1, ace, divorced, I, mateless, one, unity, unmarried, unwed, unwedded, widowed

Antonyms: double, married

See Also: base hit, bingle, digit, figure, hit, line single, line-drive single, monad, monas, safety, singleton, unmated

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