Singularity Sin`gu*lar"i*ty (s[i^][ng]`g[-u]*l[a^]r"[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Singularities} (s[i^][ng]`g[-u]*l[a^]r"[i^]*t[i^]z). [L. singularitas: cf. F. singularit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being singular; some character or quality of a thing by which it is distinguished from all, or from most, others; peculiarity. [1913 Webster]

Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that the second year the very falling down of the seeds yieldeth corn. --Sir. W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

I took notice of this little figure for the singularity of the instrument. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything singular, rare, or curious. [1913 Webster]

Your gallery Have we passed through, not without much content In many singularities. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction. [1913 Webster]

No bishop of Rome ever took upon him this name of singularity [universal bishop]. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Catholicism . . . must be understood in opposition to the legal singularity of the Jewish nation. --Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster]

4. Celibacy. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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