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Singularity vs Distinction - What's the difference?

singularity | distinction |

As nouns the difference between singularity and distinction

is that singularity is the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual while distinction is that which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

singularity

English

Noun

  • the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual
  • * Addison
  • I took notice of this little figure for the singularity of the instrument.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that the second year the very falling down of the seeds yieldeth corn.
  • a point where all parallel lines meet
  • a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value
  • (mathematics) the value or range of values of a function for which a derivative does not exist
  • (physics) a point or region in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density; associated with black holes
  • A proposed point in the technological future at which artificial intelligences become capable of augmenting and improving themselves, leading to an explosive growth in intelligence.
  • (obsolete) Anything singular, rare, or curious.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your gallery Have we passed through, not without much content / In many singularities .
  • (obsolete) Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction.
  • * Hooker
  • No bishop of Rome ever took upon him this name of singularity [universal bishop].
  • * Bishop Pearson
  • Catholicism must be understood in opposition to the legal singularity of the Jewish nation.
  • (obsolete) celibacy
  • (Jeremy Taylor)

    Derived terms

    * nonsingularity * naked singularity

    distinction

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
  • The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1921, title=
  • , author=(Bertrand Russell), chapter=Lecture II , passage=In spite of these qualifications, the broad distinction between instinct and habit is undeniable. To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, title=
  • , chapter=Evidence , passage=But, for practical purposes, it is possible to draw a distinction between a statement of facts observed and an expression of opinion as to the inference to be drawn from these facts, and the rule telling witnesses to state facts and not express opinions is of great value in keeping their statements out of the region of argument and conjecture.}}
  • Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup'' (in ''The Guardian , 15 October 2013)[http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/15/england-poland-world-cup-qualifier]
  • Leighton Baines, playing with distinction again, sent over a left-wing cross with pace and accuracy. Welbeck, prominently involved all night, could not reach it but Rooney was directly behind him, flashing his header past Szczesny.

    Derived terms

    * contradistinction * distinction without a difference

    Antonyms

    * (that which distinguishes) confusion