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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 is the second international single (and lead single in the U. S.) from the Bee Gees album, One. This was the song that returned the Bee Gees to American radio and would turn out to be their biggest US hit in the 1980s, and their last hit single to reach the US top ten. It was their first Top 10 hit since "Love You Inside Out" was #1 in June 1979. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1989, and it stayed in the Top 40 for ten weeks. It also topped the American adult contemporary chart that same month, remaining at number one for two weeks. The track reached No. 71 in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. One

    One refers to the number or quantity representing a single unit, typically denoted by the numeral "1." It signifies the lowest cardinal number and serves as the basis for counting and measuring other quantities. It is the starting point for numerical sequences and is often used to indicate singularity, individuality, or unity.

  2. one

    One can be defined as the number or quantity that is immediately succeeding 0 and preceding 2 in the natural numbers. It is considered the simplest whole number and serves as the basis for counting and arithmetic operations. Additionally, "one" can be used as an adjective or pronoun to indicate a single object or entity. It is also commonly used to emphasize singularity or uniqueness.


  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. Abdul Baha, Bahai Writings:

    If a man has ten good qualities and one bad one, to look at the ten and forget the one, and if a man has ten bad qualities and one good one, to look at the one and forget the ten.

  2. Christina Rossetti:

    For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.

  3. Brad Russell:

    Routers used to be seen as a purely functional device with a bunch of unsightly antennas that you'd hide inside a room, now they're designed to be Apple-esque things that are beautiful to look at. Some of these newfangled WiFi routers are here today ; others are coming soon. We ’ll be putting many of their claims to the test as the devices appear on the market. And we’ve already tested theEeroandGoogle Asus OnHubrouters — which had split results compared to other routers in our labs. Here’s what the newcomers are promising. Probably the biggest complaint among WiFi users is that there are places in the house where wireless signals don't quite reach. There are a number of solutions to this, including the use of WiFi extenders, but these can be a pain to use and they’re not always effective. For one thing, many of them use the same radios for both receiving and sending data, which cuts their throughput, or speed. Most of these repeaters also create a secondary network you must manually log onto during setup. Routers like the Eero and Luma( promised for June) take a different approach. Instead of one box sitting in the middle of your house beaming radio signals in all directions, these companies let you deploy multiple routers that communicate via mesh networking — so the WiFi router in your living room connects to the one in your study, which talks to the one upstairs in the master bedroom, and so on, blanketing your house in WiFi signals. In addition to testing Eero routers in our lab, both as a standalone device and as a three-pack, we installed a set of them in an editor's home, and found that the system largely lived up to its claims for wide coverage and easy setup. Every new generation of router technology is faster than the previous one. Routers that use the current WiFi radio protocol( known as 802.11 ac) can handle more data than those based on the previous protocol( 802.11 n) — and all of the recommended routers in our Ratings adhere to 802.11. ac. The next-generation devices, called.

  4. Steve Schmidt:

    A presidential candidate who seeks to be the nominee of the party of [President Abraham] Lincoln should be able to talk contextually and historically about this flag, about these issues, about what it once meant and what it means today, this is one of those moments where the right thing to say and do is so obvious --- and you watch, one by one by one by one, how the political calculations and maneuverings take place at the expense of doing the right thing.

  5. Richard Branson:

    We love Formula One and think Formula One's great. But we think Formula E is different. We would be making a big mistake if we tried to compete with Formula One and be similar to Formula One, we have to be radically different to Formula One to have a chance of survival. I don't mean survival by beating Formula One but co-existing complimentary to Formula One.

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