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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Hie home unto my chamber, Where thou shalt find me, sad and solitary. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life. [1913 Webster] Satan . . . explores his solitary flight. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place. [1913 Webster] 4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert. [1913 Webster] How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people. --Lam. i. 1. [1913 Webster] Let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come therein. --Job iii. 7. [1913 Webster] 5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example. [1913 Webster] 6. (Bot.) Not associated with others of the same kind. [1913 Webster] Solitary ant (Zool.), any solitary hymenopterous insect of the family Mutillidae. 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 (Zool.), any species of bee which does not form communities. Solitary sandpiper (Zool.), an American tattler (Totanus solitarius). Solitary snipe (Zool.), the great snipe. [Prov. Eng.] Solitary thrush (Zool.) the starling. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]