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single

1. (of a flower) having only one set or whorl of petals
2. Archaic (of ale, beer, etc.) mild in strength
3. a gramophone record, CD, or cassette with a short recording, usually of pop music, on it
4. Golf a game between two players
5. Cricket a hit from which one run is scored
6. 
a. Brit a pound note
b. US and Canadian a dollar note
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cried the single gentleman gruffly, eyeing him from top to toe.
I'm glad of it,' returned the single gentleman; 'it's a good name for a lawyer.
We can now perceive how it comes that atolls, having sprung from encircling barrier-reefs, resemble them in general size, form, in the manner in which they are grouped together, and in their arrangement in single or double lines; for they may be called rude outline charts of the sunken islands over which they stand.
We can easily see how an island fronted only on one side, or on one side with one end or both ends encircled by barrier-reefs, might after long-continued subsidence be converted either into a single wall-like reef, or into an atoll with a great straight spur projecting from it, or into two or three atolls tied together by straight reefs -- all of which exceptional cases actually occur.
And as a multitude of laws often only hampers justice, so that a state is best governed when, with few laws, these are rigidly administered; in like manner, instead of the great number of precepts of which logic is composed, I believed that the four following would prove perfectly sufficient for me, provided I took the firm and unwavering resolution never in a single instance to fail in observing them.
New York and New Jersey, if I recollect right, are the only States which have intrusted the executive authority wholly to single men.
But with all these abatements, the business of federal legislation must continue so far to exceed, both in novelty and difficulty, the legislative business of a single State, as to justify the longer period of service assigned to those who are to transact it.
Obviously the measurements of a single angle would no longer be sufficient under such portentous circumstances; one's whole life would be taken up in feeling or surveying the perimeter of one's acquaintances.
Here he found that every Arab and Manyuema had joined in the pursuit, leaving the village deserted except for the chained prisoners and a single guard.
A single trait of feeling, taken from many others, will serve to show the point which this homage of a whole people to a single individual attained.
One fly deposits hundreds of eggs, and another, like the hippobosca, a single one; but this difference does not determine how many individuals of the two species can be supported in a district.
Sometimes the entire cycle was still given, like the detached plays, at a single spot, the market-place or some other central square; but often, to accommodate the great crowds, there were several 'stations' at convenient intervals.