(noun, adjective, verb)


1. being or characteristic of a single thing or person

Similar word(s): idiosyncratic, individualist, individualistic, respective, several, various, singular, separate, individual

2. 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

3. 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

Similar word(s): azygos, azygous, lone, lonesome, only, sole, solitary, singular, unique, unary, uninominal

4. not married or related to the unmarried state

- sex and the single girl

- single parenthood

- are you married or single?

Similar word(s): divorced, mateless, unwed, unwedded, widowed, unmated, unmarried

5. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

- single occupancy

- a single bed

Similar word(s): unshared, individual

6. having uniform application

- a single legal code for all

Similar word(s): uniform, unvarying

7. 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

Similar word(s): concentrated, exclusive, undivided

Sentences with single as an adjective:

- Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?

- The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.

- a single room

- a single combat

- 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.


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

Similar word(s): bingle

Definition categories: act, safety

2. the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

Similar word(s): ace, one, unity

Definition categories: quantity, digit, figure

Sentences with single as a noun:

- The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.

- I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.


1. hit a single

- the batter singled to left field

Definition categories: contact, hit

Sentences with single as a verb:

- 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.

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