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Single, adj. 1) only one in number, not more than one: “even for this let us divided live, and our dear love lose name of s. one,” Sonn. 39, 6. “s. nature's double name neither two nor one was called,” Phoen. 39. “a double heart for his s. one,” Ado II, 1, 289 (quibbling). “two bosoms and a s. troth,” Mids. II, 2, 50. “'tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, but the plain s. oath that is vowed true,” All's IV, 2, 22. “to hear me one s. word,” V, 2, 38. “you beg a s. penny more,” V, 2, 38 “I have no further gone in this than by a s. voice,” H8 I, 2, 70. “scants us with a s. famished kiss,” Troil. IV, 4, 49. “to seek a s. man,” Cor. IV, 1, 42. “when the s. sole of it is worn,” Rom. II, 4, 66. “with his own s. hand he'ld take us in,” Cymb. IV, 2, 121. “no s. soul can we set eye on,” Cymb. IV, 2, 121 “a princess to equal any s. crown o' the earth,” Per. IV, 3, 8.
2) separate, alone, by one's self: “at picked leisure s. I'll resolve you of every these happened accidents,” Tp. V, 248 (i. e. of every accident singly). “what can these my s. arms?” Troil. II, 2, 135. “the glory of our Troy doth this day lie on his fair worth and s. chivalry,” IV, 4, 150. “thou standest s., thou art not on him yet,” Tim. II, 2, 58. “some s. vantages you took,” Tim. II, 2, 58 “each man apart, all s. and alone,” V, 1, 110. “the s. and peculiar life is bound to keep itself from noyance,” Hml. III, 3, 11. “when sorrows come, they come not s. spies, but in battalions,” IV, 5, 78. a s. combat == a combat in which only one man is oppesed to another: H6A I, 2, 95. H6B I, 3, 212. “a s. fight:” H4A V, 1, 100. V, 2, 47. H6C IV, 7, 75. Ant. III, 7, 31. IV, 4, 37. “in s. opposition:” H4A I, 3, 99. Cymb. IV, 1, 14. Often == living alone, unmarried: “die s., and thine image dies with thee,” Sonn. 3, 14. “thou s. wilt prove none,” 8, 14. “s. life,” 9, 2. Ado V, 4, 116. “in s. blessedness,” Mids. I, 1, 78. Mids. I, 1, 78 Mids. I, 1, 78 “is the s. man therefore blessed?” As III, 3, 58. “I'll to the wars, she to her s. sorrow,” All's II, 3, 313. “till this time pomp was s., but now married to one above itself,” H8 I, 1, 15.
3) concerning only one, particular, individual: “I know but of a s. part in aught pertains to the state,” H8 I, 2, 41. “wherein every one of us has a s. honour in giving him our own voices,” Cor. II, 3, 49. “were there but this s. plot to lose, this mould of Marcius,” III, 2, 102. “for my s. self, I had as lief not be,” Caes. I, 2, 94. “shakes so my s. state of man,” Mcb. I, 3, 140. “all our service in every point twice done were poor and s. business to contend against those honours deep and broad,” I, 6, 16. “a fee-grief due to some s. breast,” IV, 3, 197. “trust to thy s. virtue,” Lr. V, 3, 103. “the death of Antony is not a s. doom,” Ant. V, 1, 18.
4) no more than, mere, only: “he thought to steal the s. ten,” H6C V, 1, 43. “seal me there your s. bond,” Merch. I, 3, 146.* cf. “what wert thou, if the king of Naples heard thee? A s. thing, as I am now,” Tp. I, 2, 432.
5) simple, silly (only in quibbling): “your chin double, your wit s.” H4B I, 2, 207. “your helps are many, or else your actions would grow wondrous s.” Cor. II, 1, 40. cf. Ado II, 1, 289.
6) not double-minded, sincere: “I speak it with a s. heart,” H8 V, 3, 38. cf. All's IV, 2, 22.
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