Being a unit, as distinguished from a number: often used expletively for emphasis: as, not a single word was said.Alone; by one's self or by itself; separate or apart from others; unaccompanied or unaided; detached; individual; particular.Unmarried; also, pertaining to or involving celibacy: as, single life; the single state.Unique; unmatched; singular; unusual.Pertaining to one person or thing; individual, as opposed to common, general, or universal; also, pertaining to one class, set, pair etc.: as, a single dory (a boat manned by one person).Private; relating to the affairs of an individual; not public; relating to one's self.Free from combination, complication, or complexity; simple; consisting of one only.Normal; sound; healthy: often applied to the eye, and in that connection used figuratively of simplicity or integrity of character or purpose.Free from duplicity; sincere; honest; straightforward.Not strong or heavy; weak: noting beer, ale, etc., and opposed to double or strong beverages.Feeble; trifling; foolish; silly.In botany, solitary: said of a flower when there is only one on a stem; also, in common usage, noting flowers which have only the normal number of floral envelops—that is, which are not double. See double, 6.In anatomy and z oöl., not double, triple, etc.; not paired; azygous; simple; solitary; alone; one: generally emphatic, in implied comparison with things or parts of things that are ordinarily double, paired, several, etc.See cell, 8.(b ) By euphemism, a harlot or prostitute.n. That which is single, in any sense of the word.n. In falconry, a talon or claw.n. The tail of an animal; properly, in hunting, the tail of the buck.n. A handful of the gleanings of corn tied up.To make single, separate, or alone; retire; sequester.To select individually from among a number; choose out separately from others: commonly followed by out.To lead aside or apart from others.Nautical, to unite, so as to combine several parts into one: as, to single the tacks and sheets.To separate; go apart from others: said specifically of a hunted deer when it leaves the herd.Same as single-foot.To sail before the wind; make head.n. In whist, the score made by the winners when the game is 5 points up and rubbers are played, if the losers of any game are 3 or 4 up: as, ‘single, double, and the rub.’n. In the extraction of antimony from its native sulphid, the manufacturers' name for the first crude product from melting the ore with scrap-iron. It generally contains about 91.5 per cent. antimony, 7 per cent. iron, and 1 per cent. sulphur.n. In golf, two players playing against each other.n. In furniture, silverware, and the like, a separate piece not belonging to a set.n. One strand of sliver, roving thread, or yarn.n. plural A commercial name in England for thin sheet-steel or -iron used as a foundation for tin-plate, having a thickness ranging from 0.238 to 0.35 of an inch, or from No. 4 to No. 20 B. W. G.