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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SO'LO, n. [L. solus, alone.] A tune, air or strain to be played by a single instrument, or sung by a single voice.
SOLOMON'S LEAF, n. A plant.
SOLOMON'S SEAL, n. A plant of the genus Convallaria, and another of the genus Uvularia.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: composed or performed by a single voice or instrument; "a passage for solo clarinet" n
1: any activity that is performed alone without assistance
2: a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)
3: a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied v
1: fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
2: perform a piece written for a single instrument adv
1: without anybody else or anything else; "the child stayed home alone"; "the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing"; "he flew solo" [syn: alone, solo, unaccompanied]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun (plural solos) Etymology: Italian, from solo alone, from Latin solus Date: 1695 1. or plural soli a. a musical composition for a single voice or instrument with or without accompaniment b. the featured part of a concerto or similar work 2. a performance in which the performer has no partner or associate ; something undertaken or done alone <a student pilot's first solo> 3. any of several card games in which a player elects to play without a partner against the other players II. adverb Date: 1712 without a companion ; alone <fly solo> III. adjective Date: 1774 1. accommodating one person <a solo canoe> 2. of, relating to, or being a solo <a solo performance> <a solo flight> 3. hit with no runners on base <a solo home run> IV. verb (soloed; soloing) Date: 1886 intransitive verb to perform by oneself: as a. to perform a musical solo b. to fly an airplane without one's instructor on board transitive verb 1. to fly (as an airplane) alone 2. to climb (as a mountain) alone

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n., v., & adv. --n. (pl. -os) 1 (pl. -os or soli) a a vocal or instrumental piece or passage, or a dance, performed by one person with or without accompaniment. b (attrib.) performed or performing as a solo (solo passage; solo violin). 2 a an unaccompanied flight by a pilot in an aircraft. b anything done by one person unaccompanied. c (attrib.) unaccompanied, alone. 3 (in full solo whist) a a card-game like whist in which one player may oppose the others. b a declaration or the act of playing to win five tricks at this. --v. (-oes, -oed) 1 intr. perform a solo, esp. a solo flight. 2 tr. perform or achieve as a solo. --adv. unaccompanied, alone (flew solo for the first time). Phrases and idioms: solo stop an organ stop especially suitable for imitating a solo performance on another instrument. Etymology: It. f. L solus alone

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Solo So"lo, a. (Music) Performing, or performed, alone; uncombined, except with subordinate parts, voices, or instruments; not concerted.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Solo So"lo, n.; pl. E. Solos, It. Soli. [It., from L. solus alone. See Sole, a.] (Mus.) A tune, air, strain, or a whole piece, played by a single person on an instrument, or sung by a single voice.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(solos) 1. You use solo to indicate that someone does something alone rather than with other people. He had just completed his final solo album. ...Mick Taylor, who had long since quit the Stones for a solo career. ADJ: usu ADJ n Solo is also an adverb. Charles Lindbergh became the very first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. ADV: ADV after v 2. A solo is a piece of music or a dance performed by one person. The original version featured a guitar solo. N-COUNT

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