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adjective different, distinct, eccentric, eminent, especial, exceptional, exclusive, individual, isolated, lone, matchless, nonpareil, odd, out of the ordinary, particular, peculiar, peerless, queer, rare, remarkable, separate, single, singularis, sole, special, unaccompanied, uncommon, uncustomary, unexampled, unicus, unique, unparalleled, unusual
See also: certain, distinct, distinctive, eccentric, extraordinary, individual, infrequent, irregular, nonconforming, notable, noteworthy, novel, only, original, particular, peculiar, personal, portentous, private, prodigious, rare, remarkable, renowned, separate, several, sole, special, specific, unaccustomed, uncanny, uncommon, unilateral, unique, unprecedented, unusual

SINGULAR, construction. In grammar the singular is used to express only one, not plural. Johnson.
     2. In law, the singular frequently includes the plural. A bequest to "my nearest relation," for example, will be considered as a bequest to all the relations in the same degree, who are nearest to the testator. 1 Ves. sen. 337; 1 Bro. C. C. 293. A bequest made to "my heir," by a person who had three heirs, will be construed in the plural. 4 Russ. C. C. 384.
     3. The same rule obtains in the civil law: In usu juris frequenter uti nos singulari appellationie, am plura significari vellemus. Dig. 50, l6, 158.

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The process by which this is effected is somewhat singular. When the snow has disappeared, says Captain Bonneville, and the ground become soft, the women go into the thickest fields of wormwood, and pulling it up in great quantities, construct with it a hedge, about three feet high, inclosing about a hundred acres.
The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every way in my mind without being able to make anything of it.
It looks as if they always send their singular warning or token before them when starting upon their mission.
Several genera (Flustra Eschara, Cellaria, Crisia, and others) agree in having singular moveable organs (like those of Flustra avicularia, foun in the European seas) attached to their cells.
Whe one of the vulture-like heads was cut off from the cell, th lower mandible retained its power of opening and closing Perhaps the most singular part of their structure is, tha when there were more than two rows of cells on a branch the central cells were furnished with these appendages, o only one-fourth the size of the outside ones.
It seems now pretty well established tha plants propagated by buds all partake of a common duratio of life; and it is familiar to every one, what singular an numerous peculiarities are transmitted with certainty, b buds, layers, and grafts, which by seminal propagation neve or only casually reappear
Following some such principle, I am inclined to regard the singular Castle of Coningsburgh I mean the Saxon part of it as a step in advance from the rude architecture, if it deserves the name, which must have been common to the Saxons as to other Northmen.
His discussion on remnant sounds /n/ and /l/ of some plural forms provides basic understanding to the otherwise unusual behavior of some derived plurals whose singulars have no such sounds underlyingly.
(13.) Interestingly, as noted in Huddleston and Pullum (2002: 342), there is a restricted use of such nouns as singulars:
In particular I shall show why it is that Suarez believes that we first and properly know singulars prior to knowing universals.
While World magazine, which sounded the alarm, was scolded for joining battle in hysterical and sarcastic tones, the translators were compelled to explain in what sense it was "accurate" to render masculine terms neuter, singulars plural, or produce grammatical whimsies like "everyone...