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SIN'GLE, adjective

1. Separate; one; only; individual; consisting of one only; as a single star; a single city; a single act.

2. Particular; individual. No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest.

3. Uncompounded. Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.

4. Alone; having no companion or assistant. Who single hast maintain'd against revolted multitudes the cause of truth.

5. Unmarried; as a single man; a single woman.

6. Not double; not complicated; as a single thread; a single strand of a rope.

7. Performed with one person or antagonist on a side, or with one person only opposed to another; as a single fight; a single combat.

8. Pure; simple; incorrupt; unbiased; having clear vision of divine truth. Matthew 6:22.

9. Small; weak; silly

10. In botany, a single flower is when there is only one on a stem, and in common usage, one not double.

SIN'GLE, verb transitive

1. To select, as an individual person or thing from among a number; to choose one from others. --A dog who can single out his master in the dark.

2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire; as an agent singling itself from comforts.

3. To take alone; as men commendable when singled from society.

4. To separate.