Solitary Sol"i*ta*ry, a. [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See {Sole}, a., and cf. {Solitaire}.] 1. Living or being by one's self; having no companion present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely. [1913 Webster]

Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Hie home unto my chamber, Where thou shalt find me, sad and solitary. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life. [1913 Webster]

Satan . . . explores his solitary flight. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place. [1913 Webster]

4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert. [1913 Webster]

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people. --Lam. i. 1. [1913 Webster]

Let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come therein. --Job iii. 7. [1913 Webster]

5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example. [1913 Webster]

6. (Bot.) Not associated with others of the same kind. [1913 Webster]

{Solitary ant} (Zo["o]l.), any solitary hymenopterous insect of the family {Mutillid[ae]}. The female of these insects is destitute of wings and has a powerful sting. The male is winged and resembles a wasp. Called also {spider ant}.

{Solitary bee} (Zo["o]l.), any species of bee which does not form communities.

{Solitary sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), an American tattler ({Totanus solitarius}).

{Solitary snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the great snipe. [Prov. Eng.]

{Solitary thrush} (Zo["o]l.) the starling. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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