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Webster 1913 Edition


One

One

(wŭn)
,
Adj.
[OE.
one
,
on
,
an
, AS.
ān
; akin to D.
een
, OS.
ēn
, OFries.
ēn
,
ān
, G.
ein
, Dan.
een
, Sw.
en
, Icel.
einn
, Goth.
ains
, W.
un
, Ir. & Gael.
aon
, L.
unus
, earlier
oinos
,
oenos
, Gr.
οἴνη
the ace on dice; cf. Skr.
ēka
. The same word as the indefinite article
a
,
an
. √ 299. Cf. 2d
A
, 1st
An
,
Alone
,
Anon
,
Any
,
None
,
Nonce
,
Only
,
Onion
,
Unit
.]
1.
Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual.
The dream of Pharaoh is
one
.
Gen. xli. 25.
O that we now had here
But
one
ten thousand of those men in England.
Shakespeare
2.
Denoting a person or thing conceived or spoken of indefinitely; a certain. “I am the sister of one Claudio” [
Shak.
], that is, of a certain man named Claudio.
3.
Pointing out a contrast, or denoting a particular thing or person different from some other specified; – used as a correlative adjective, with or without the.
From the
one
side of heaven unto the other.
Deut. iv. 32.
4.
Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole.
The church is therefore
one
, though the members may be many.
Bp. Pearson
5.
Single in kind; the same; a common.
One
plague was on you all, and on your lords.
1 Sam. vi. 4.
6.
Single; unmarried.
[Obs.]
Men may counsel a woman to be
one
.
Chaucer.
One is often used in forming compound words, the meaning of which is obvious; as, one-armed, one-celled, one-eyed, one-handed, one-hearted, one-horned, one-idead, one-leaved, one-masted, one-ribbed, one-story, one-syllable, one-stringed, one-winged, etc.
All one
,
of the same or equal nature, or consequence; all the same;
as, he says that it is
all one
what course you take.
Shak.
One day
.
(a)
On a certain day, not definitely specified, referring to time past.

One day
when Phoebe fair,
With all her band, was following the chase.
Spenser.
(b)
Referring to future time: At some uncertain day or period in the future; some day.
Well, I will marry
one day
.
Shakespeare

One

,
Noun.
1.
A single unit;
as,
one
is the base of all numbers
.
2.
A symbol representing a unit, as 1, or i.
3.
A single person or thing.
“The shining ones.”
Bunyan.
“Hence, with your little ones.”
Shak.
He will hate the
one
, and love the other.
Matt. vi. 24.
That we may sit,
one
on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
Mark x. 37.

One

(wŭn)
,
in
def.
p
ron.
Any person, indefinitely; a person or body;
as, what
one
would have well done,
one
should do
one’s
self
.
It was well worth
one's
while.
Hawthorne.
Against this sort of condemnation
one
must steel
one's
self as
one
best can.
G. Eliot.
One is often used with some, any, no, each, every, such, a, many a, another, the other, etc. It is sometimes joined with another, to denote a reciprocal relation.
When any
one
heareth the word.
Matt. xiii. 19.
She knew every
one
who was any
one
in the land of Bohemia.
Compton Reade.
The Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought against
one another
.
Jowett (Thucyd. ).
The gentry received
one another
.
Thackeray.

One

,
Verb.
T.
To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite; to assimilite.
[Obs.]
The rich folk that embraced and
oned
all their heart to treasure of the world.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


One

ONE

,
Adj.
wun.
[L. unus; Gr.]
1.
Single in number; individual; as one man; one book. There is one sun only in our system of planets.
2.
Indefinitely, some or any. You will one day repent of your folly. But in this phrase, one day is equivalent to some future time.
3.
It follows any.
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom. Matt. 13.
4.
Different; diverse; opposed to another. It is one thing to promise, and another to fulfill.
5.
It is used with another, to denote mutuality or reciprocation. Be kind and assist one another.
6.
It is used with another, to denote average or mean proportion. The coins one with another, weigh seven penny weight each.
7.
One of two; opposed to other.
Ask from one side of heaven to the other. Deut. 4.
8.
Single by union; undivided; the same.
The church is therefore one, though the members may be many.
9.
Single in kind; the same.
One plague was on you all and on your lords. 1Sam. 4.
1.
One day, on a certain or particular day, referring to time past.
One day when Phoebe fair with all her band was following the chase.
2.
Referring to future time; at a future time, indefinitely. [See One, No. 2.]
At one, in union; in agreement or concord.
The king resolved to keep Ferdinand and Philip at one with themselves.
In one, in union; in one united body.
One, like many other adjectives is used without a noun, and is to be considered as a substitute for some noun understood. Let the men depart one by one; count them one by one; every one has his peculiar habits; we learn of one another, that is, we learn, one of us learns of another.
In this use, as a substitute, one may be plural; as the great ones of the earth; they came with their little ones.
It also denotes union, a united body.
Ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3.
One o'clock, one hour of the clock that is, as signified or represented by the clock.
One is used indefinitely for any person; as, one sees; one knows; after the French manner, on voit. Our ancestors used man in this manner; man sees; man knows; 'man brohte,' man brought, that is, they brought.
This word we have received from the Latin through the Italian and French. The same word from our Saxon ancestors we write an.

Definition 2021


one

one

See also: ȫne, ʻone, -one, and 'one

English

English numbers
10
 <  0 1 2  > 
    Cardinal : one
    Ordinal : first
    Adverbial : once

Alternative forms

  • wone, o (both obsolete)
  • (Arabic numeral): 1 (see for numerical forms in other scripts)
  • (Roman numeral): I

Numeral

one

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 1; the first positive number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set. Ordinal: first.
    There is only one god.
    In many cultures, a baby turns one year old a year after its birth.
    One person, one vote.
  2. The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first or number one.

Synonyms

  • For symbolic forms of this entry, see 1.

Related terms

Translations

Pronoun

one (reflexive oneself, possessive adjective one’s, plural ones)

  1. (impersonal pronoun) One thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.
    The big one looks good. I want the green one. A good driver is one who drives carefully.
  2. (impersonal pronoun, sometimes with "the") The first mentioned of two things or people, as opposed to the other.
    She offered him an apple and an orange; he took one and left the other.
  3. (indefinite personal pronoun) Any person (applying to people in general).
    One’s guilt may trouble one, but it is best not to let oneself be troubled by things which cannot be changed. One shouldn’t be too quick to judge.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, []; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, [] — all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess:
      ‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get [].
    • 2013 September 6, Philip Hoare, If we're all Martians, who are the aliens?”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 13, page 48:
      One has to admire the sheer optimism of modern science: I love the fact that there is such a discipline as astrobiology, whose practitioners' task is to imagine what life might be like on other planets. Yet here on the home planet we have profoundly strange aliens of our own.
  4. (pronoun) Any person, entity or thing.
    "driver", noun: one who drives.

Synonyms

  • (unidentified person): you, they (in nominative personal case)

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

one (plural ones)

  1. (mathematics) The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a ring.
  2. The digit or figure 1.
  3. (US) A one-dollar bill.
  4. (cricket) One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single.
  5. A joke or amusing anecdote.
  6. (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing.
    • I knew as soon I met him that John was the one for me and we were married within a month.
    • That car's the one I'll buy it.
    • 1995, Bryan Adams, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
      When you love a woman then tell her
      that she's really wanted
      When you love a woman then tell her that she's the one
      'cause she needs somebody to tell her
      that it's gonna last forever
  7. (Internet slang, leetspeak, sarcastic) Used instead of ! to amplify an exclamation, parodying unskilled users who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points.
    A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?!
    B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!one!!one!!eleven!!1!
    • 2003 September 26, "DEAL WITH IT!!!!11one!!", in alt.games.video.nintendo.gamecube, Usenet
    • 2004 November 9, "AWK sound recorder!!!11!!11one", in comp.lang.awk, Usenet
    • 2007 December 1, "STANFORD!!1!!1!one!11!!1oneone!1!1!", in rec.sport.football.college, Usenet

Synonyms

  • (mathematics: multiplicative identity): unity
  • (US: one-dollar bill): single
  • (sarcastic substitution for !): 1, eleven

Translations

Adjective

one (not comparable)

  1. Of a period of time, being particular
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
    One day the prince set forth to kill the dragon that had brought terror to his father’s kingdom for centuries.
  2. Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any.
    My aunt used to say, "One day is just like the other."
  3. Sole, only.
    He is the one man who can help you.
  4. Whole, entire.
    Body and soul are not separate; they are one.
  5. In agreement.
    We are one on the importance of learning.
  6. The same.
    The two types look very different, but are one species.
  7. Being a preeminent example.
    He is one **** of a guy.
  8. Being an unknown person with the specified name; see also "a certain".
    The town records from 1843 showed the overnight incarceration of one “A. Lincoln”.

Translations

Derived terms

Verb

one (third-person singular simple present ones, present participle oning, simple past and past participle oned)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.
    • Chaucer
      The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world.

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: were · are · their · #38: one · so · me · an

Anagrams

See also

  • Table of cardinal numbers 0 to 9 in various languages

Hawaiian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈo.ne/

Noun

one

  1. sand

Japanese

Romanization

one

  1. rōmaji reading of おね

Kustenau

Noun

one

  1. water

References

  • Anales: Sección historico-filosófica (Museo de Historia Natural de Montevideo), volume 1 (2), part 1

Mangarevan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Maori

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. beach, sand, soil

Synonyms

  • takutai

Niuean

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand
  2. gunpowder

Polish

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *ony, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eno-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔn̪ɛ/

Pronoun

one pl

  1. nominative plural of on; they; nonvirile third-person plural pronoun, used for all groups not containing men

Declension

Related terms

  • oni (masculine personal)
  • ten

See also

  • Appendix:Polish pronouns

Rarotongan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Samoan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *ony, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eno-

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ǒne/
  • Hyphenation: o‧ne

Pronoun

òne (Cyrillic spelling о̀не)

  1. they (nominative plural of òna (she))

Declension


Slovene

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔ̀ːnɛ/
  • Tonal orthography: óne

Pronoun

ône

  1. they (feminine plural, more than two)

Declension

Forms between parentheses indicate clitic forms; the main forms are used for emphasis.

See also


Tahitian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔ.ne/

Noun

one

  1. sand
  2. dust

References


Tikopia

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Tokelauan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Tuamotuan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *qone, from Proto-Austronesian *qənay.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Volapük

Pronoun

one

  1. (dative singular of on) to it