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Meaning of SOLITARY

Pronunciation:  'sâli`teree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one who lives in solitude
  2. [n]  confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners; "he was held in solitary"
  3. [adj]  separated from or unfrequented by others; remote or secluded; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
  4. [adj]  characterized by or preferring solitude in mode of life; "the eremitic element in the life of a religious colony"; "a lone wolf"; "a man of a solitary disposition"
  5. [adj]  enjoyed or performed alone; "a lonely existence"; "his lonely room"; "took a solitary walk"; "enjoyed her solitary dinner"; "solitary pursuits such as reading"
  6. [adj]  lacking companions or companionship; "he was alone when we met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler"
  7. [adj]  of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies; "solitary bees"

SOLITARY is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: alone(p), eremitic, eremitical, hermit, inaccessible, lone(a), lonely(a), nongregarious, nonsocial, recluse, solitary confinement, solitudinarian, troglodyte, unaccessible, unaccompanied, unfrequented, ungregarious, unsocial
 See Also: confinement, John the Baptist, lone hand, lone wolf, loner



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sol"i*ta*ry\, a. [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf.
    F. solitaire. See {Sole}, a., and cf. {Solitaire}.]
    1. Living or being by one's self; having no companion
       present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely.
             Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. --Milton.
             Hie home unto my chamber, Where thou shalt find me,
             sad and solitary.                     --Shak.
    2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary
       journey; a solitary life.
             Satan . . . explores his solitary flight. --Milton.
    3. ot much visited or frequented remote from society;
       retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place.
    4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or
       occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence,
       gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert.
             How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of
             people.                               --Lam. i. 1.
             Let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come
             therein.                              --Job iii. 7.
    5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of
       vengeance; a solitary example.
    6. (Bot.) Not associated with others of the same kind.
    {Solitary ant} (Zo["o]l.), any solitary hymenopterous insect
       of the family {Mutillid[ae]}. The female of these insects
       is destitute of wings and has a powerful sting. The male
       is winged and resembles a wasp. Called also {spider ant}.
    {Solitary bee} (Zo["o]l.), any species of bee which does not
       form communities.
    {Solitary sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), an American tattler
       ({Totanus solitarius}).
    {Solitary snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the great snipe. [Prov. Eng.]
    {Solitary thrush} (Zo["o]l.) the starling. [Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Sol"i*ta*ry\, n.
    One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Of flowers, borne singly, not grouped in an inflorescence.