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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv singularly in a singular manner or to a singular degree; he acquired three wives and fourteen children during his Portuguese embassy alone" "Lord T. was considered singularly licentious even for the courts of Russia and Portugal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fleshy bulbs on each side of your nose are called the Alea (AY-lee) singular Ala (AY-luh)
    • Singularly In a singular manner; in a manner, or to a degree, not common to others; extraordinarily; as, to be singularly exact in one's statements; singularly considerate of others. "Singularly handsome."
    • Singularly So as to express one, or the singular number.
    • Singularly Strangely; oddly; as, to behave singularly .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.
    • singularly In a singular manner. With reference to one only; individually; singly; specifically, in the singular number; so as to express the singular number.
    • singularly Separately; alone.
    • singularly Uniquely; rarely; unusually; remarkably; exceptionally.
    • singularly Strangely; oddly; with eccentricity: as, a person singularly dressed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pennies, plural, have value to most Americans. A penny, singular, does not. Almost half of Americans say they would not bother to bend over to pick up a penny on the street, but more than half of us report having stashes of pennies laying around the house.
    • adv Singularly in a singular manner: peculiarly: strangely: so as to express one or the singular number
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  • Clarissa
    “Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.”
  • Jean Genet
    “Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. singularis.


In literature:

The information struck Lane singularly.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Hugo surmised that under his singular and almost glacial calm the man concealed a temperament highly nervous and sensitive.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
It was a singular march, but for a long time nothing was said.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I had a singular confidence in his honesty.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
It was the 13th of March, 1325, when this singular interview between Louis the emperor, and Frederic his captive, took place at Trausnitz.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
People might think it singular at first, but they would not talk for ever, and the life would be a happy one to me.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
And singular as the mission was, its aim was harmless.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
The Chinese are singularly affected in their personal civilities.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
One more very singular instance of agreement shall close this long list.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
Caraffa was destined to play a singular part in the transition period of Papal history which I am reviewing.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
I will recount, in the first instance, an adventure which nearly cost me my life under somewhat singular circumstances.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
A sense of novelty in giving audience to that singular figure had been sufficient to draw her forth.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
The walks, lawns, and rustic benches about Baden, are singularly pretty and convenient.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
It was a singular arrangement, and gives a vivid idea of the state of things at the time.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
I here first saw that singular excrescence in the vegetable kingdom called cypress knees.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Singular superstition respecting it.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
But recalled ... Is banished again ... Singular Story of the Cid's unknightly Meanness ...
"The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Mills
We have already spoken of Mathieu de Montmorency's singular death.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
As Frank and his companions watched these singular movements they saw three men join hands and execute a singular dance in the firelight.
"Frank Merriwell's Triumph" by Burt L. Standish
One more specimen of these singular advertisements and we have done.
"Curiosities of Civilization" by Andrew Wynter

In poetry:

But JOSEPH had a mate,
A sailor stout and lusty,
A man of low estate,
But singularly trusty.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
LELIUS. This confusion is occasioned
(Hear a singular adventure),
Sir, by Cyprian, who being absent
Many days again has entered
Antioch completely mad.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Everything becomes singular. A grave
awaits its owner at the churchyard.
Houses grow further apart from each other.
We look into the holes of the year.
"November" by Gerrit Achterberg
But alas for his peace and quiet,
One day, when he went it blind,
And followed his singular fancy,
And slighted his logical mind,
And married a ponderous widow that wasn't of the arguing kind!
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
Oh, say, have you seen at the Willows so green--
So charming and rurally true--
A singular bird, with a manner absurd,
Which they call the Australian Emeu?
Have you
Ever seen this Australian Emeu?
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte
As I strolled by the Castle cliff
An oldish chap I set my eyes on,
Who stood so singularly stiff
And stark against the blue horizon;
A poet fashioning a sonnet,
I thought - how rapt he labours on it!
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service

In news:

The new API is part of Google's recently launched Data Liberation Front, which consists of a team at Google with the "singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products".
The Amgen Tour of California will skip Modesto for a second straight year, but Modestans shouldn't feel as if they're being singularly excluded.
THE FEARLESS CONSUMER- Mail call : Cingular's singular pricing plan.
Technological Singularities Decades Away, Microprocessor 's Creator Says.
One in particular stuck out at me, especially given her, ahem, singular views of slavery.
Most fishing spots have a rather singular charm, even if they offer multiple species of fish.
' Second Person Singular' by Sayed Kashua.
Dan Rutstrom is the singular mind behind Arcadia Gardens, a pshycadelic-pop solo-project that has yielded two albums including Memory Machines, released in May of this year.
The CNC is the singular most powerful influence in how any shop will fully capitalize on its laser investment, and you need to get the most out of it.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil Pulls Out All the Stops (and Pills) to Live to Witness the Singularity .
' Singular ' should give thanks to 'Aliens'.
In " Singular, " gamers portray a US soldier who battles zombies.
Like many shooting games, the vibe of " Singular " owes inspirational gratitude to the movie "Aliens.
Collaboration Is Still a Singular, Personal Experience.
Doubles Advantage a Singular Lament.

In science:

We provide a characterization of the relationship between the estimated extreme singular values of eX and the true “signal” singular values σi (and also the angle between the estimated and true singular vectors).
The singular values and vectors of low rank perturbations of large rectangular random matrices
Let z be a singular value of eXn which is not a singular value of Xn and let (u, v ) be a corresponding singular pair of unit vectors.
The singular values and vectors of low rank perturbations of large rectangular random matrices
It is possible to use that extension to establish an analogue of Theorem 8 for the singular values and singular vectors of such matrices, and an analogue of Theorem 9 for the inverses of such matrices (which, as is well known, can be expressed in terms of the singular value decomposition of the matrix).
Random matrices: Universal properties of eigenvectors
We may deform the complex structure until a singularity develops, and then ‘resolve’ this singularity using the techniques of algebraic geometry, which involves replacing the singular set with new embedded holomorphic curves or surfaces.
The Expanding Zoo of Calabi-Yau Threefolds
Here, Σk is the k × k diagonal matrix containing the top k singular values of A, and Σk,⊥ is the (r − k) × (r − k) diagonal matrix containing the bottom r − k nonzero singular values of A, V T k is the k × n matrix consisting of the corresponding top k right singular vectors,3 etc.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
In a similar way, the singular values of Φs are equal to the singular values of a truncated matrix Φs−1P so its squared singular values are described by the Fuss–Catalan distribution of order s′ = s − 1.
Composition of quantum operations and products of random matrices
Here we claim that in the cases where the collisions form a curvature singularity, then that curvature singularity closes off the geometry and no pp singularity would form.
Colliding branes and big crunches
In and, the mild singularities (for example, simple normal crossings singularities) are all singularities of a hypersurface (see definition 3.1).
Resolution of singularities of pairs preserving semi-simple normal crossings
Since the singularities are simple, this condition is equivalent to saying that the analytic types of the singularities belong to the Poincar´e domain, then our context is equivalent to the context of isospectral deformations i.e. deformations preserving the eigenvalues of each singular point.
Generic Pseudogroups on (C,0) and the Topology of Leaves
Note that, by the definition, each singular square contains a singular point; however, points in B are not necessarily all singular.
Nodal length fluctuations for arithmetic random waves
The proof of theorem 3.2 is divided into three steps corresponding to the control of the large singular values, of the moderately small singular values and of the smallest singular value of M (n) − z .
Spectrum of Markov generators on sparse random graphs
For a singular oriented knot whose only singularities are transversal self-intersections, the preimage of each singular crossing under the embedding map defining the knot yields a pair of distinct points on S 1 .
A Stringy Generalization of the Kontsevich Integral
These singularities are called right simple, following Arnol’d, who classified right simple singularities for K = R and C (cf. [Arn72]) and who showed that they are exactly the ADE-singularities, i.e. the two infinite series Ak, k ≥ 1, Dk, k ≥ 4, and the three exceptional singularities E6, E7, E8 .
Right simple singularities in positive characteristic
The quotients of C2 by these groups are A-D-E singularities, which are also known by other names (Kleinian singularities, Du Val singularities, rational surface double points, two-dimensional canonical singularities etc).
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities
This suggests that there are, as shown in Figure 2, two curves in the (x, t)-plane where Vx,t is singular: one connecting (0, 1) with (x∗, 9) where a singular point of type (ii) is present, and one connecting (0, 1) with (+∞, 9) where a singular point of type (i) occurs.
Critical asymptotic behavior for the Korteweg-de Vries equation and in random matrix theory