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 for Single
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Single \Sin"gle\, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in
     simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See
     Simple, and cf. Singular.]
     1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting
        of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.
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              No single man is born with a right of controlling
              the opinions of all the rest.         --Pope.
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     2. Alone; having no companion.
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              Who single hast maintained,
              Against revolted multitudes, the cause
              Of truth.                             --Milton.
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     3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
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              Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
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              Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.
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     4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others;
        as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
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     5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single
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              These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .
              Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.
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     6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
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              Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to
              compound.                             --I. Watts.
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     7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
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              I speak it with a single heart.       --Shak.
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     8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]
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              He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
                                                    --Beau. & Fl.
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     Single ale, Single beer, or Single drink, small ale,
        etc., as contrasted with double ale, etc., which is
        stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.
     Single bill (Law), a written engagement, generally under
        seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.
     Single court (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two
     Single-cut file. See the Note under 4th File.
     Single entry. See under Bookkeeping.
     Single file. See under 1st File.
     Single flower (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals,
        as a wild rose.
     Single knot. See Illust. under Knot.
     Single whip (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Single \Sin"gle\, n.
     1. A unit; one; as, to score a single.
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     2. pl. The reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling
        to give them firmness.
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     3. A handful of gleaned grain. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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     4. (Law Tennis) A game with but one player on each side; --
        usually in the plural.
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     5. (Baseball) A hit by a batter which enables him to reach
        first base only.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Single \Sin"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Singled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a
        number; to choose out from others; to separate.
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              Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the
              dark.                                 --Bacon.
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              His blood! she faintly screamed her mind
              Still singling one from all mankind.  --More.
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     2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]
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              An agent singling itself from consorts. --Hooker.
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     3. To take alone, or one by one.
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              Men . . . commendable when they are singled.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Single \Sin"gle\, v. i.
     To take the irrregular gait called single-foot; -- said of a
     horse. See Single-foot.
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           Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a
           disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a
           pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are
           raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such
           horses are said to single, or to be single-footed. --W.
                                                    S. Clark.
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