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Meaning of ONE

Pronunciation:  wun

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  1. [n]  a single person or thing; "he is the best one"; "this is the one I ordered"
  2. [n]  the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"
  3. [adj]  being a single entity made by combining separate components; "three chemicals combining into one solution"
  4. [adj]  used of a single unit or thing; not two or more; "`ane' is Scottish"

ONE is a 3 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: 1, 1, ace, ane, cardinal, combined, I, i, single, unity
 See Also: digit, figure, monad, monas, singleton, unit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \-one\ [From Gr. -w`nh, signifying, female descendant.]
    A suffix indicating that the substance, in the name of which
    it appears, is a ketone; as, acetone.
  2. \-one\(Chem.)
    A termination indicating that the hydrocarbon to the name of
    which it is affixed belongs to the fourth series of
    hydrocarbons, or the third series of unsaturated
    hydrocarbonsl as, nonone.
  3. \One\, a. [OE. one, on, an, AS. ["a]n; akin to D. een, OS.
    ["e]n, OFries. ["e]n, ["a]n, G. ein, Dan. een, Sw. en, Icel.
    einn, Goth. ains, W. un, Ir. & Gael. aon, L. unus, earlier
    oinos, oenos, Gr. ? the ace on dice; cf. Skr. ["e]ka. The
    same word as the indefinite article a, an. [root] 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.
             O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those
             men in England.                       --Shak.
    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
    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
             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; inmarried. [Obs.]
             Men may counsel a woman to be one.    --Chaucer.
    Note: 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; 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; some day.
                 Well, I will marry one day.       --Shak.
  4. \One\, n.
    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.
    {After one}, after one fashion; alike. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {At one}, in agreement or concord. See {At one}, in the
    {Ever in one}, continually; perpetually; always. [Obs.]
    {In one}, in union; in a single whole.
    {One and one}, {One by one}, singly; one at a time; one after
       another. ``Raising one by one the suppliant crew.''
  5. \One\, indef. pron.
    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.
    Note: 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
                When any one heareth the word.     --Matt. xiii.
                She knew every one who was any one in the land of
                Bohemia.                           --Compton
                The Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought
                against one another.               --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd. ).
                The gentry received one another.   --Thackeray.
  6. \One\, v. 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.
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