Definitions for: Solitary


[n] one who lives in solitude
[n] confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners; "he was held in solitary"
[adj] separated from or unfrequented by others; remote or secluded; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
[adj] characterized by or preferring solitude in mode of life; "the eremitic element in the life of a religious colony"; "a lone wolf"; "a man of a solitary disposition"
[adj] enjoyed or performed alone; "a lonely existence"; "his lonely room"; "took a solitary walk"; "enjoyed her solitary dinner"; "solitary pursuits such as reading"
[adj] lacking companions or companionship; "he was alone when we met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler"
[adj] of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies; "solitary bees"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sol"i*ta*ry, a. [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf.
F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]
1. Living or being by one's self; having no companion
present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely.

Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. --Milton.

Hie home unto my chamber, Where thou shalt find me,
sad and solitary. --Shak.

2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary
journey; a solitary life.

Satan . . . explores his solitary flight. --Milton.

3. ot much visited or frequented remote from society;
retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place.

4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or
occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence,
gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert.

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of
people. --Lam. i. 1.

Let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come
therein. --Job iii. 7.

5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of
vengeance; a solitary example.

6. (Bot.) Not associated with others of the same kind.

Solitary ant (Zo["o]l.), any solitary hymenopterous insect
of the family Mutillid[ae]. The female of these insects
is destitute of wings and has a powerful sting. The male
is winged and resembles a wasp. Called also spider ant.


Solitary bee (Zo["o]l.), any species of bee which does not
form communities.

Solitary sandpiper (Zo["o]l.), an American tattler
(Totanus solitarius).

Solitary snipe (Zo["o]l.), the great snipe. [Prov. Eng.]

Solitary thrush (Zo["o]l.) the starling. [Prov. Eng.]


Sol"i*ta*ry, n.
One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a
recluse.

Synonyms: alone(p), eremitic, eremitical, hermit, inaccessible, lone(a), lonely(a), nongregarious, nonsocial, recluse, solitary confinement, solitudinarian, troglodyte, unaccessible, unaccompanied, unfrequented, ungregarious, unsocial

See Also: confinement, John the Baptist, lone hand, lone wolf, loner

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