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Definition 1: a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is a kind of ...) (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

(... is a kind of single ) a single resulting from a line drive

Definition 2: the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it
  • they had lunch at one

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is a kind of ...) one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

"0 and 1 are digits"

(... is a kind of single ) a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive

(... is a kind of single ) a single object (as distinguished from a pair)

Definition 3: hit a single - [verb of contact]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the batter singled to left field

(single is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(single belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 4: being or characteristic of a single thing or person - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • individual drops of rain
  • please mark the individual pages
  • they went their individual ways

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is similar to ...) peculiar to the individual

"we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures" "Michelangelo's highly idiosyncratic style of painting"

(single is similar to ...) marked by or expressing individuality

"an individualistic way of dressing"

(single is similar to ...) being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player

"one-on-one defense"

(single is similar to ...) considered individually

"the respective club members" "specialists in their several fields" "the various reports all agreed"

(single is similar to ...) being a single and separate person or thing

"can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?" "every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"

(means also ...) independent; not united or joint

"a problem consisting of two separate issues" "they went their separate ways" "formed a separate church"

(... are attributes of single) the quality of being individual

"so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"

Definition 5: not married or related to the unmarried state - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unmarried men and women
  • unmarried life
  • sex and the single girl
  • single parenthood
  • are you married or single?

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is similar to ...) of someone whose marriage has been legally dissolved

(single is similar to ...) of someone who has no marriage partner

(single is similar to ...) of someone who has not been married

"unwed mother"

(single is similar to ...) single because of death of the spouse

(means also ...) not mated sexually

Definition 6: used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals

(single belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 7: existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is similar to ...) occurring singly; not one of a pair

"the azygous muscle of the uvula"

(single is similar to ...) designed for or restricted to a single person

"a one-man show" "a one-person tent" "Sarah Silverman's hilarious one-woman show"

(single is similar to ...) being the only one; single and isolated from others

"the lone doctor in the entire county" "a lonesome pine" "an only child" "the sole heir" "the sole example" "a solitary instance of cowardice" "a solitary speck in the sky"

(single is similar to ...) the single one of its kind

"a singular example" "the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting" "a unique copy of an ancient manuscript" "certain types of problems have unique solutions"

(single is similar to ...) constituting a class of its own; unique

"a history book sui generis" "sui generis works like Mary Chestnut's Civil War diary"

(single is similar to ...) consisting of or involving a single element or component

"in a unary operation in a mathematical system one element is used to yield a single result"

(single is similar to ...) based on the system of having only one member from each district (as of a legislature)

"a uninominal electoral system"

Definition 8: not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • judging a contest with a single eye
  • a single devotion to duty
  • undivided affection
  • gained their exclusive attention

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is similar to ...) gathered together or made less diffuse

"their concentrated efforts" "his concentrated attention" "concentrated study" "a narrow thread of concentrated ore"

Definition 9: having uniform application - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a single legal code for all

(single is similar to ...) always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences

"a street of uniform tall white buildings"

Definition 10: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where single or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an individual serving
  • single occupancy
  • a single bed

Synonyms for single in the sense of this definition

(single is similar to ...) not shared

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