soleness, n.
/sohl/, adj.
1. being the only one; only: the sole living relative.
2. being the only one of the kind; unique; unsurpassed; matchless: the sole brilliance of the gem.
3. belonging or pertaining to one individual or group to the exclusion of all others; exclusive: the sole right to the estate.
4. functioning automatically or with independent power: the sole authority.
5. Chiefly Law. unmarried.
6. without company or companions; lonely: the sole splendor of her life.
7. Archaic. alone.
[1350-1400; < L solus alone; r. ME soule alone < OF sol < L solus]
Syn. 1. solitary. 2. individual.
soleless, adj.
/sohl/, n., v., soled, soling.
1. the bottom or under surface of the foot.
2. the corresponding under part of a shoe, boot, or the like, or this part exclusive of the heel.
3. the bottom, under surface, or lower part of anything.
4. Carpentry.
a. the underside of a plane.
b. soleplate.
5. Golf. the part of the head of the club that touches the ground.
6. to furnish with a sole, as a shoe.
7. Golf. to place the sole of (a club) on the ground, as in preparation for a stroke.
[1275-1325; ME (n.) < OF < L solea sandal, sole, deriv. of solum base, bottom]
/sohl/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) sole, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) soles.
1. a European flatfish, Solea solea, used for food.
2. any other flatfish of the families Soleidae and Cynoglossidae, having a hooklike snout.
[1300-50; ME < MF < OPr < VL *sola (for L solea; see SOLE2), so called from its flat shape; cf. Sp suela, It soglia, Pg solha]

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Any of several flatfishes, especially about 100 species in the family Soleidae.

Those found from Europe to Australia and Japan are marine; some New World species live in freshwater. The eyes are on the right side of the head. The Dover sole (Solea solea), found from estuaries to offshore waters in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, grows to 20 in. (50 cm) long. The hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus), seldom over 10 in. (25 cm) long, is found in shallow coastal waters from New England to Central America and far inland in habitats associated with large rivers.

Dover sole (Solea solea)

Jacques Six

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 any of a variety of flatfishes, but, more strictly, those of the family Soleidae (order Pleuronectiformes). Soles in this restricted sense constitute about 30 genera and 130 species of flatfishes found in temperate and tropical seas. Like numerous other flatfishes, soles are flattened, more or less elongated fishes, with both small eyes on the right side of the head.

      The well-known Dover sole (Solea solea) of Europe is a commercially valuable food fish. The Dover sole reaches a length of about 50 cm (20 inches) and is brown in colour, with darker blotches and a black spot on each pectoral fin. It is found from estuaries to offshore waters in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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