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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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Practical and subtle in her way, she brought Stevie to the front without loss of time, because in her the singleness of purpose had the unerring nature and the force of an instinct.
Never minstrel, or by whatever more suitable name David should be known, drew upon his talents in the presence of more insensible auditors; though considering the singleness and sincerity of his motive, it is probably that no bard of profane song ever uttered notes that ascended so near to that throne where all homage and praise is due.
He and I never had any kind of difference from first to last neither in camp nor council, but in singleness of heart and purpose we advised the Argives how all might be ordered for the best.
Those misdeeds even when committed--had they not been half sanctified by the singleness of his desire to devote himself and all he possessed to the furtherance of the divine scheme?
His singleness of purpose and resolution, and his elevated piety, endowed him, without his knowledge, with perennial youth.
A reg'lar coachman's a sort o' con-nectin' link betwixt singleness and matrimony, and every practicable man knows it.'
As a great wave that comes thundering in at the mouth of some heaven-born river, and the rocks that jut into the sea ring with the roar of the breakers that beat and buffet them--even with such a roar did the Trojans come on; but the Achaeans in singleness of heart stood firm about the son of Menoetius, and fenced him with their bronze shields.
Thus united, he felt himself raised to an eminence, exalted, and filled with a power of achievement such as he had never known in singleness. Once more he told over conscientiously her faults, both of face and character; they were clearly known to him; but they merged themselves in the flawless union that was born of their association.
Not a very enthralling book; but at the first glance you could see there a singleness of intention, an honest con- cern for the right way of going to work, which made these humble pages, thought out so many years ago, luminous with another than a professional light.
He was at this period of his life, too, largely given to taking people for what they gave themselves out to be; but his singleness of heart, fearlessness, and honesty were just what East appreciated, and thus the two had been drawn into great intimacy.
Jonathan's impetuosity, and the manifest singleness of his purpose, seemed to overawe those in front of him.
Presently the group is working on a sixth booklet dealing with the subjects of marriage, singleness and divorce.