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  ( singles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( singling    present participle)   ( singled    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   You use single to emphasize that you are referring to one thing, and no more than one thing.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    A single shot rang out..., Over six hundred people were wounded in a single day..., She hadn't uttered a single word.     
2       adj   You use single to indicate that you are considering something on its own and separately from other things like it.  
det ADJ     (emphasis)    Every single house in town had been damaged..., The Middle East is the world's single most important source of oil.     
3       adj   Someone who is single is not married. You can also use single to describe someone who does not have a girlfriend or boyfriend.  
Is it difficult being a single mother?..., Gay men are now eligible to become foster parents whether they are single or have partners.     
4       adj   A single room is a room intended for one person to stay or live in.  
usu ADJ n  
A single room at the Astir Hotel costs £56 a night.     
      Single is also a noun., n-count  
It's £65 for a single, £98 for a double and £120 for an entire suite.     
5       adj   A single bed is wide enough for one person to sleep in.  
ADJ n  
6       adj   A single ticket is a ticket for a journey from one place to another but not back again.  
  (BRIT)   usu ADJ n     (Antonym: return)    The price of a single ticket is thirty-nine pounds.     
      Single is also a noun., n-count  
...a Club Class single to Los Angeles.     
in AM, use one-way     
7       n-count   A single or a CD single is a CD which has a few short songs on it. You can also refer to the main song on a CD as a single.  
The winners will get a chance to release their own single.     
8       n-uncount   Singles is a game of tennis or badminton in which one player plays another. The plural singles can be used to refer to one or more of these matches.  
Boris Becker of Germany won the men's singles...     
    in single file  
    file   single out      phrasal verb   If you single someone out from a group, you choose them and give them special attention or treatment.  
The gunman had singled Debilly out and waited for him...      V n P  
His immediate superior has singled him out for a special mention...      V n P for/as n  
We wanted to single out the main threat to civilisation.      V P n (not pron)  

single- is used to form words which describe something that has one part or feature, rather than having two or more of them.      comb in adj  
The single-engine plane landed in western Arizona., ...a single-track road.     
A single-breasted coat, jacket, or suit fastens in the centre of the chest and has only one row of buttons.      adj  
single cream     
Single cream is thin cream that does not have a lot of fat in it.  
  (BRIT)      n-uncount  
in AM, use light cream     
single-decker        ( single-deckers    plural  ) A single-decker or a single-decker bus is a bus with only one deck.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
If you do something single-handed, you do it on your own, without help from anyone else.      adv   ADV after v  
I brought up my seven children single-handed...     
Someone who is single-minded has only one aim or purpose and is determined to achieve it.      adj  
...a single-minded determination to win.     
single parent        ( single parents    plural  ) A single parent is someone who is bringing up a child on their own, because the other parent is not living with them.      n-count   oft N n  
I was bringing up my three children as a single parent., ...a single-parent household.     
At a single-sex school, the pupils are either all boys or all girls.      adj   usu ADJ n  
Is single-sex education good for girls?     
single supplement        ( single supplements    plural  ) , single person supplement   A single supplement is an additional sum of money that a hotel charges for one person to stay in a room meant for two people.      n-count  
You can avoid the single supplement by agreeing to share a twin room.     
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an element that has a single dominating theme
for instance : having a theme that continues through more than one movement of a musical composition
a single place where you can find everything you need, usually found in different places
vintage light on police car, i.e. a single dome with rotating lights inside. Thus nicknamed because of it's resemblance with bubblegum machines.
[US];[Coll.] Syn. bubble gum machine, gumball machine.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
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