What does one by one mean?

Definitions for one by one

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word one by one.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. one by one, one after another, one at a time(adverb)

    in single file

    "the prisoners came out one by one"

  2. by the piece, one by one(adverb)

    one piece at a time

    "she sold the plates by the piece"

  3. individually, separately, singly, severally, one by one, on an individual basis(adverb)

    apart from others

    "taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square"; "the fine points are treated singly"


  1. one by one(Adverb)

    Individually in succession; one at a time.


  1. One by One

    One by One is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Foo Fighters, released on October 22, 2002 by RCA. The album is the first to feature guitarist Chris Shiflett. Production on the album was troubled, with initial recording sessions considered unsatisfying and raising tensions between the band members. They eventually decided to redo the album from scratch during a two-week period at frontman Dave Grohl's home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. The songs on the album, which include the successful singles "All My Life" and "Times Like These", have been noted for their introspective lyrics and a heavier and more aggressive sound compared to the band's earlier work, which Grohl said was intended to translate the energy of the Foo Fighters' live performances into a recording. The album was a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies in the United States. One by One was positively received by critics, winning a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2004--the second consecutive Grammy Award for Best Rock Album won by the band—and praised for its sound and production. However, some considered the work inferior to the band's previous albums, and the musicians themselves eventually grew distasteful of the record as a whole.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of one by one in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of one by one in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rudyard Kipling:

    The sin they do two by two they must pay for one by one.

  2. Panjiva CEO Josh Green:

    One by one, either loudly or quietly, they will be rolling out some amazing deals.

  3. Zahara Ghorballi:

    I want to get rid of all of them. Look for them one by one. Because they hurt me so deeply.

  4. Sam Wang:

    In the past, we had to use huge, expensive microscopes and physically count each sperm one-by-one.

  5. Mahmoud Shubat:

    They [were] wearing masks and they had guns. They searched us one by one looking for money and gold.

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