1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star. No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest. (pope)
2. Alone; having no companion. Who single hast maintained, Against revolted multitudes, the cause Of truth. (milton)
7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere. I speak it with a single heart. (Shak)
8. simple; not wise; weak; silly. He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice. (Beau & Fl) single ale, beer, or drink, small ale, etc, as contrasted with double ale, etc, which is stronger. Single bill, a single rope running through a fixed block.
1. To select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate. Dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark. (bacon) His blood! She faintly screamed her mind]] still singling one from all mankind. (More)
2. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire. An agent singling itself from consorts. (hooker)
3. To take alone, or one by one. Men . . . Commendable when they are singled. (hooker)
Origin: Singled; Singling.