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 for solitary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Solitaire \Sol`i*taire"\, n. [F. See Solitary.]
     1. A person who lives in solitude; a recluse; a hermit.
        --Pope.
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     2. A single diamond in a setting; also, sometimes, a precious
        stone of any kind set alone.
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              Diamond solitaires blazing on his breast and wrists.
                                                    --Mrs. R. H.
                                                    Davis.
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     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.
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     4. (Zool.)
        (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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Solitary \Sol"i*ta*ry\, n.
     One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a
     recluse.
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From 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.
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              Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. --Milton.
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              Hie home unto my chamber,
              Where thou shalt find me, sad and solitary. --Shak.
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     2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary
        journey; a solitary life.
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              Satan . . . explores his solitary flight. --Milton.
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     3. Not much visited or frequented; remote from society;
        retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place.
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     4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or
        occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence,
        gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert.
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              How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of
              people.                               --Lam. i. 1.
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              Let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come
              therein.                              --Job iii. 7.
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     5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of
        vengeance; a solitary example.
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     6. (Bot.) Not associated with others of the same kind.
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     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.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  solitary
      adj 1: characterized by or preferring solitude; "a lone wolf";
             "a lonely existence"; "a man of a solitary disposition";
             "a solitary walk" [syn: lone(a), lonely(a),
             solitary]
      2: of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or
         colonies; "solitary bees" [syn: nongregarious, nonsocial,
         solitary]
      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), solitary]
      4: 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),
         solitary(a)]
      5: devoid of creatures; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary
         retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake" [syn:
         lonely, solitary, unfrequented]
      n 1: confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other
           prisoners; "he was held in solitary" [syn: solitary
           confinement, solitary]
      2: one who lives in solitude [syn: hermit, recluse,
         solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  141 Moby Thesaurus words for "solitary":
     Diogenes, Hieronymian, Hieronymite, Timon of Athens, a certain,
     abandoned, alien, alienated, all alone, alone, aloof, an,
     anchoress, anchorite, any, any one, apart, ascetic, atomic,
     bedridden invalid, case, character, cloistered, cloistered monk,
     closet cynic, companionless, crackpot, crank, desert fathers,
     desert saints, deserted, desolate, detached, distant, eccentric,
     either, eremite, eremitic, exclusive, fanatic, forsaken,
     friendless, hermit, hermitess, hermitical, hobo, homebody,
     homeless, in solitude, individual, indivisible, insociable,
     insular, integral, invalid, irreducible, isolated, isolationist,
     kithless, kook, lone, lone wolf, lonely, loner, lonesome, marabout,
     maverick, meshuggenah, misanthropic, monadic, monistic, natural,
     nonconformist, nut, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, offish, one, only,
     original, out-of-the-way, outcast, outsider, pariah, particular,
     pillar saint, pillarist, queer duck, queer fish, queer specimen,
     rara avis, recluse, reclusive, remote, removed, reserved, rootless,
     screwball, secluded, seclusionist, separate, separated, shut-in,
     simple, single, single-handed, singular, sole, solid, solitaire,
     solitudinarian, solo, standoffish, stay-at-home, stylite, tramp,
     type, unabetted, unaccompanied, unaided, unanalyzable,
     unapproachable, unassisted, unattended, uncompanionable, uncouth,
     undivided, unescorted, unexampled, unfrequented, uniform, unique,
     unitary, unrepeatable, unseconded, unsocial, unsupported, whole,
     withdrawn, zealot
  
  

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