Single file
Single Sin"gle, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See {Simple}, and cf. {Singular}.] 1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star. [1913 Webster]

No single man is born with a right of controlling the opinions of all the rest. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Alone; having no companion. [1913 Webster]

Who single hast maintained, Against revolted multitudes, the cause Of truth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman. [1913 Webster]

Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope. [1913 Webster]

5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat. [1913 Webster]

These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . . Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed. [1913 Webster]

Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere. [1913 Webster]

I speak it with a single heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{Single ale}, {Single beer}, or {Single drink}, small ale, etc., as contrasted with {double ale}, etc., which is stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.

{Single bill} (Law), a written engagement, generally under seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty. --Burril.

{Single court} (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two players.

{Single-cut file}. See the Note under 4th {File}.

{Single entry}. See under {Bookkeeping}.

{Single file}. See under 1st {File}.

{Single flower} (Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals, as a wild rose.

{Single knot}. See Illust. under {Knot}.

{Single whip} (Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed block. [1913 Webster]


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  • Single file — File File (f[imac]l), n. [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. {Enfilade}, {Filament}, {Fillet}.] 1. An orderly succession; a line; a row; as: (a) (Mil.) A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Single file — may refer to: * The Single File , a 1983 collection of music videos by Kate Bush and a 1984 vinyl boxed set containing all Kate Bush s 7 singles and their b sides up until that point * Single File , a song by Elliott Smith from his 1995 album… …   Wikipedia

  • single file — noun count or uncount a line of people or things in which one is directly behind the other: in single file: Now, line up in single file to go to gym class. ╾ ,single file adverb: The three walked single file down the narrow corridor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • single file — n in single file moving in a line, with one person behind another ▪ We walked in single file across the bridge. >single file adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • single file — n. 1. a single line of people or things placed or moving one directly behind another 2. in such a line [to walk single file] …   English World dictionary

  • single file — ► NOUN ▪ a line of people or things arranged one behind another. ► ADVERB ▪ one behind another …   English terms dictionary

  • single file — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms single file : singular single file plural single files a line of people or things in which one is directly behind the other in single file: Now, line up in single file and walk to your classrooms.… …   English dictionary

  • single file — noun a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other • Syn: ↑file, ↑Indian file • Derivationally related forms: ↑file (for: ↑file) • Hypernyms: ↑line …   Useful english dictionary

  • single file — noun (U) moving in a line, with one behind another: We walked in single file across the narrow bridge. single file adverb: kids shuffling single file down the hall …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • single-file — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ intransitive verb Etymology: from single file, n. : to walk or move in single file all single filed past the … bed J.D.Salinger single filing down the St. George s channel to Liverpool Gordon Webber …   Useful english dictionary

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