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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Solitary  \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.] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Solitaire  \Sol`i*taire"\,  n.  [F.  See  {Solitary}.] 
  1.  A  person  who  lives  in  solitude;  a  recluse;  a  hermit. 
  2.  A  single  diamond  in  a  setting;  also  sometimes  a  precious 
  stone  of  any  kind  set  alone. 
  Diamond  solitaires  blazing  on  his  breast  and  wrists. 
  --Mrs.  R.  H. 
  3.  A  game  which  one  person  can  play  alone;  --  applied  to  many 
  games  of  cards,  etc.;  also  to  a  game  played  on  a  board 
  with  pegs  or  balls,  in  which  the  object  is  beginning  with 
  all  the  places  filled  except  one  to  remove  all  but  one  of 
  the  pieces  by  ``jumping,''  as  in  draughts. 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  large  extinct  bird  ({Pezophaps  solitaria})  which 
  formerly  inhabited  the  islands  of  Mauritius  and 
  Rodrigeuz  It  was  larger  and  taller  than  the  wild 
  turkey.  Its  wings  were  too  small  for  flight.  Called 
  also  {solitary}. 
  b  Any  species  of  American  thrushlike  birds  of  the  genus 
  {Myadestes}.  They  are  noted  their  sweet  songs  and 
  retiring  habits.  Called  also  {fly-catching  thrush}.  A 
  West  Indian  species  ({Myadestes  sibilans})  is  called 
  the  {invisible  bird}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Solitary  \Sol"i*ta*ry\,  n. 
  One  who  lives  alone,  or  in  solitude;  an  anchoret;  a  hermit;  a 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {eremitic},  {lone(a)}] 
  2:  of  plants  and  animals;  not  growing  or  living  in  groups  or 
  colonies;  "solitary  bees"  [syn:  {nongregarious},  {nonsocial}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {alone(p)}, 
  {lone(a)},  {lonely(a)}] 
  4:  enjoyed  or  performed  alone;  "a  lonely  existence";  "his 
  lonely  room";  "took  a  solitary  walk";  "enjoyed  her 
  solitary  dinner";  "solitary  pursuits  such  as  reading" 
  [syn:  {lonely(a)}] 
  5:  being  the  only  one  single  and  isolated  from  others  "the 
  lone  doctor  in  the  entire  county";  "a  lonesome  pine";  "an 
  only  child";  "the  sole  heir";  "the  sole  example";  "a 
  solitary  instance  of  cowardice";  "a  solitary  speck  in  the 
  sky"  [syn:  {lone(a)},  {lonesome(a)},  {only(a)},  {sole(a)}, 
  6:  separated  from  or  unfrequented  by  others  remote  or 
  secluded;  "a  lonely  crossroads";  "a  solitary  retreat";  "a 
  trail  leading  to  an  unfrequented  lake"  [syn:  {lonely(a)}, 

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