• noun one run added to the score, obtained by the batsmen actually running
    Citation ‘He hurled the ball wide from short cover when the last pair of Englishmen dashed for the single which brought a one-wicket victory at Melbourne’ (Frith 1984)
    Citation ‘Gomes on Tuesday was the perfect foil once again, taking the singles England somewhat carelessly offered, in the knowledge that Greenidge would continue to crash the ball for four’ (Robin Marlar, Sunday Times 8 July 1984)

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  • verb to select one person or thing from a group

Origin & History of “single”

Single comes via Old French sengle or single from Latin singulus. this was formed from sim-, the stem of simplus ‘single’ (which came from the same Indo-European base that produced English same and similar), together with the diminutive suffix *-go and a further element *-lo. Singlet ‘vest’ (18th c.) was coined on the model of doublet, in allusion to its being an unlined garment, made from a ‘single’ layer of material.