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Princeton's WordNet

  1. one, 1, I, ace, single, unitynoun

    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"

  2. oneadjective

    a single person or thing

    "he is the best one"; "this is the one I ordered"

  3. one, 1, i, aneadjective

    used of a single unit or thing; not two or more

    "`ane' is Scottish"

  4. one(a), unitaryadjective

    having the indivisible character of a unit

    "a unitary action"; "spoke with one voice"

  5. one(a)adjective

    of the same kind or quality

    "two animals of one species"

  6. one(a)adjective

    used informally as an intensifier

    "that is one fine dog"

  7. one(a)adjective

    indefinite in time or position

    "he will come one day"; "one place or another"

  8. oneadjective

    being a single entity made by combining separate components

    "three chemicals combining into one solution"

  9. matchless, nonpareil, one(a), one and only(a), peerless, unmatched, unmatchable, unrivaled, unrivalledadjective

    eminent beyond or above comparison

    "matchless beauty"; "the team's nonpareil center fielder"; "she's one girl in a million"; "the one and only Muhammad Ali"; "a peerless scholar"; "infamy unmatched in the Western world"; "wrote with unmatchable clarity"; "unrivaled mastery of her art"


  1. onenoun

    The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a ring.

  2. onenoun

    The digit or figure 1.

  3. onenoun

    A one-dollar bill.

  4. onenoun

    One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single.

  5. onenoun

    Used instead of ! to amplify an exclamation, imitating n00bs who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points.

  6. onenoun

    A particularly special or compatible person or thing.

  7. onepronoun

    One thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.

  8. onepronoun

    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.

  9. onepronoun

    Any person (applying to people in general).

  10. onepronoun

    Any person, entity or thing.

    driver, noun: one who drives.

  11. oneadjective

    Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.

    One day the prince set forth to kill the dragon that had brought terror to his father's kingdom for centuries.

  12. oneadjective

    Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any.

    My aunt used to say, "One day is just like the other."

  13. oneadjective

    Sole, only.

    He is the one man who can help you.

  14. oneadjective

    Whole, entire.

    Body and soul are not separate; they are one.

  15. oneadjective

    In agreement.

    We are one on the importance of learning.

  16. oneadjective

    The same.

    The two types look very different, but are one species.

  17. oneadjective

    Being a preeminent example.

    He is one hell of a guy.

  18. oneadjective

    Being an unknown person with the specified name.

    The town records from 1843 showed the overnight incarceration of one A. Lincoln.

  19. Etymology: From one, oon, on, oan, an, from an, from ainaz, from óynos. Cognate with ae, ane, wan, yin, ån, aan, ien, een, één, en, ein, ein, eins, en, einn, unus (Old oinos), один.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oneadjective

    Etymology: an, œne , Saxon; een, Dutch; ein, German; ἓν, Greek.

    The man he knew was one that willingly,
    For one good look would hazard all. Daniel.

    Pindarus the poet, and one of the wisest, acknowledged also one God the most high, to be the father and creator of all things. Walter Raleigh.

    If one must be rejected, one succeed,
    Make him my Lord, within whose faithful breast
    Is fix’d my image, and who loves me best. Dryden.

    Love him by parts in all your num’rous race,
    And from those parts form one collected grace;
    Then when you have refin’d to that degree,
    Imagine all in one, and think that one is he. Dryden.

    We shall
    Present our services to a fine new prince,
    One of these days. William Shakespeare.

    I took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour
    One thing or other. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. Matt. xiii. 19.

    If any one prince made a felicity in this life, and left fair fame after death, without the love of his subjects, there were some colour to despise it. John Suckling.

    What a precious comfort to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another’s fortunes. William Shakespeare.

    It is one thing to draw outlines true, the features like, the proportions exact, the colouring tolerable, and another thing to make all these graceful. Dryden.

    Suppose the common depth of the sea, taking one place with another, to be about a quarter of a mile. Burnet.

    It is one thing to think right, and another thing to know the right way to lay our thoughts before others with advantage and clearness. John Locke.

    My legs were closed together by so many wrappers one over another, that I looked like an Egyptian mummy. Add.

    Two bones rubbed hard against one another, or with a file, produce a fetid smell. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    At one time they keep their patients so warm, as almost to stifle them, and all of a sudden the cold regimen is in vogue. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    Ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this. Deutr. iv. 32.

    Both the matter of the stone and marchasite, had been at once fluid bodies, till one of them, probably the marchasite, first growing hard, the other, as being yet of a more yielding consistence, accommodated itself to the harder’s figure. Boyle.

    There can be no reason why we should prefer any one action to another, but because we have greater hopes of advantage from the one than from the other. George Smalridge.

    One day when Phæbe fair,
    With all her band was following th’ chase,
    This nymph quite tir’d with heat of scorching air,
    Sat down to rest. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Heav’n waxeth old, and all the spheres above
    Shall one day faint, and their swift motion stay;
    And time itself, in time shall cease to move,
    But the soul survives and lives for aye. Davies.

  2. Onenoun

    There are many uses of the word one, which serve to denominate it a substantive, though some of them may seem rather to make it a pronoun relative, and some may perhaps be considered as consistent with the nature of an adjective.

    If one by one you wedded all the world,
    She you kill’d would be unparallel’d. William Shakespeare.

    Although the beauties, riches, honours, sciences, virtues, and perfections of all men were in the present possession of one, yet somewhat beyond and above all this there would still be sought and earnestly thirsted for. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    From his lofty steed he flew,
    And raising one by one the suppliant crew,
    To comfort each. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    When join’d in one, the good, the fair, the great,
    Descends to view the muse’s humble seat. George Granville.

    It is one thing only as a heap is one. Richard Blackmore.

    Till ’tis one o’clock, our dance of custom
    Let us not forget. William Shakespeare, M. Wives of Wind.

    I marvel, why I answer’d not again;
    But that’s all one, omittance is no quittance. William Shakespeare.

    To be in the understanding, and not to be understood, is all one as to say any thing is, and is not in the understanding. John Locke.

    A good acquaintance with method will greatly assist every one in ranging human affairs. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    My father, king of Spain, was reckon’d one,
    The wisest prince that there had reign’d. William Shakespeare.

    That man should be the teacher is no part of the matter; for birds will learn one of another. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    No nations are wholly aliens and strangers the one to the other. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    One or other sees a little box which was carried away with her, and so discovers her to her friends. Dryden.

    As I have made ye one, lords, one remain:
    So I grow stronger, you more honour gain. William Shakespeare.

    The king was well in structed how to carry himself between Ferdinando and Philip, resolving to keep them at one within themselves. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    He is not at one with himself what account to give of it. John Tillotson.

    Roger Ascham.

    It is not so worthy to be brought to heroical effects by fortune or necessity, like Ulysses and Æneas, as by one’s own choice and working. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    One may be little the wiser for reading this dialogue, since it neither sets forth what Erona is, nor what the cause should be which threatens her with death. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    One would imagine these to be the expressions of a man blessed with ease, affluence and power; not of one who had been just stripped of all those advantages. Francis Atterbury.

    For provoking of urine, one should begin with the gentlest first. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    For some time one was not thought to understand Aristotle , unless he had read him with Averroe’s comment. Thomas Baker.

    Then must you speak
    Of one that lov’d not wisely, but too well;
    Of one not easily jealous; but being wrought
    Perplex’d in the extreme. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    With lives and fortunes trusting one
    Who so discreetly us’d his own. Edmund Waller.

    Edward I. was one that very well knew how to use a victory, as well as obtain it. Matthew Hale.

    One who contemned divine and human laws. Dryden.

    Be not found here; hence with your little ones. William Shakespeare.

    These successes are more glorious which bring benefit to the world, than such ruinous ones as are dyed in human blood. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Pref.

    He that will overlook the true reason of a thing which is but one, may easily find many false ones, error being infinite. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.

    The following plain rules and directions, are not the less useful because they are plain ones. Francis Atterbury.

    There are many whose waking thoughts are wholly employed on their sleeping ones. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Arbitrary power tends to make a man a bad sovereign, who might possibly have been a good one, had he been invested with an authority limited by law. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    This evil fortune which attends extraordinary men, hath been imputed to divers causes that need not be set down, when so obvious an one occurs, that when a great genius appears the dunces are all in conspiracy against him. Jonathan Swift.


  1. One

    ONE was a boy band that first appeared in 1999, recognized as both Greece and Cyprus's very first boy band. The band was formed by leading Cypriot-Greek composer Giorgos Theofanous and Minos EMI A&R Manager Vangelis Yannopoulos. Constantinos Christoforou and Phiippos Constantinos were on board quite early, chosen by Giorgos Theofanous. The next three members were picked up after a selective audition that took place in legendary Athenian Sierra Studio. The selecting committee consisted of Natalia Germanou, Posidonas Yannopoulos, Andreas Kouris, Themis Georgandas, Theofanous and Yannopoulos. Demetres Koutsavlakis, Argyris Nastopoulos and Panos Tserpes were retained among 179 candidates. In 2003 Christoforou left the group shortly before the rest of the band formally disbanded. In their 6 year existence they enjoyed much commercial success and earned platinum certifications, as well as having staged memorable performances with successful Greek singers at music halls and in concerts. In July 1999 they released their first single, with their debut album following in October. All music and lyrics were written by Giorgos Theofanous while Vangelis Yannopoulos was producing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. One

    wun, pron. a person (indefinitely), as in 'one says:' any one: some one.—n. a single person or thing: a unit. [A special use of the numeral one; not conn. with Fr. on—L. homo, a man.]

  2. One

    wun, adj. single in number, position, or kind: undivided: the same: a certain, some, implying a name unknown or denoting insignificance or contempt, as 'one Guy Fawkes, a Spaniard!'—adjs. One′-eyed, having but one eye: limited in vision; One′-hand′ed, single-handed; One′-horse, drawn by a single horse: petty, mean, inferior; One′-idea'd, entirely possessed by one idea.—ns. One′ness, singleness, unity; Oner (wun′ėr), one possessing some special skill, an adept (slang).—pron. Oneself′, one's self: himself or herself.—adj. One′-sid′ed, limited to one side: partial: (bot.) turned to one side.—adv. One′-sid′edly.—n. One′-sid′edness.—One another, each other; One by one, singly: in order; One day, on a certain day: at an indefinite time.—All one, just the same: of no consequence; At one, of one mind. [A.S. an; Ice. einn, Ger. ein.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'one' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #56

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'one' in Written Corpus Frequency: #59

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'one' in Nouns Frequency: #377

Anagrams for one »

  1. eon

  2. EON

  3. E.ON

  4. Neo

  5. NEO

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of one in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of one in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of one in a Sentence

  1. David Brown:

    I don't think we can be a police leader in today's policing landscape and not be a champion of reform. And so it's been thrust upon me to promote people to the leadership team that I believe are committed to reform and to have those tough conversations with people who I think are not, it really is a top-down type of effort. If the department doesn't see that I take reform seriously, no one else in the department would take it seriously.

  2. Malcolm Muggeridge:

    One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

  4. Hayley Wickenheiser:

    No one knows at this point and that IS my point, to say for certain they will go ahead is an injustice to the athletes training and global population at large.

  5. Jonathan Loar:

    One reason is that Gandharan scrolls, like the one at the Library of Congress, were typically buried in terra cotta jars and interred in a stupa, a dome-shaped structure often containing Buddhist texts or relics, another reason is that the relatively high, arid climate of the Gandharan region helps preserve materials like manuscripts on birch bark.

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