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Meaning & Definition of Single in English





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

  • single,
  • bingle

2. 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"
  • one,
  • 1,
  • I,
  • ace,
  • single,
  • unity


1. Hit a single

  • "The batter singled to left field"
  • single


1. Being or characteristic of a single thing or person

  • "Individual drops of rain"
  • "Please mark the individual pages"
  • "They went their individual ways"
  • individual,
  • single

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"
  • single

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"
  • "A single serving"
  • "A single lens"
  • "A single thickness"
  • single

4. 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?"
  • unmarried,
  • single

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

  • "An individual serving"
  • "Single occupancy"
  • "A single bed"
  • individual,
  • single(a)

6. Having uniform application

  • "A single legal code for all"
  • single(a)

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"
  • "Undivided affection"
  • "Gained their exclusive attention"
  • single(a),
  • undivided,
  • exclusive

Examples of using

Tom's boss was a pedantic micro manager, who had to check every single thing Tom did.
She didn't live a single day of her life without violence.
You'd better say nothing! Do you know how much a single word is worth?