alone

Definitions

  • Alone in the Empty House
    Alone in the Empty House
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj alone radically distinctive and without equal "he is alone in the field of microbiology","this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem","Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint","craftsmen whose skill is unequaled","unparalleled athletic ability","a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history"
    • adj alone exclusive of anyone or anything else "she alone believed him","cannot live by bread alone","I'll have this car and this car only"
    • adj alone isolated from others "could be alone in a crowded room","was alone with her thoughts","I want to be alone"
    • adj alone lacking companions or companionship "he was alone when we met him","she is alone much of the time","the lone skier on the mountain","a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel","a lonely soul","a solitary traveler"
    • adv alone without any others being included or involved "was entirely to blame","a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children","he works for Mr. Smith exclusively","did it solely for money","the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone","a privilege granted only to him"
    • adv alone without anybody else or anything else "the child stayed home alone","the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing","he flew solo"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate maker Cadbury uses more than sixty thousand tonnes of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone
    • Alone Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.
    • Alone Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only. "Man shall not live by bread alone .""The citizens alone should be at the expense."
    • Alone Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing. "Alone on a wide, wide sea.""It is not good that the man should be alone ."
    • Alone Sole; only; exclusive. "God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being."
    • adv Alone Solely; simply; exclusively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 10,000 coffee cafes plus several thousand vending machines with both hot and cold coffee serve the needs of Tokyo alone.
    • alone Apart from another or others; single or singly; solitary or solitarily; without the aid or company of another: applied to a person or thing: as, to be or remain alone; to walk alone.
    • alone Only; to the exclusion of other persons or things; sole or solely: as, he alone remained. In this sense alone is sometimes used attributively before a noun.
    • alone Without a parallel; above or beyond all others; unique.
    • alone Devoid; destitute.
    • alone In each of these examples only would now be considered better, though not alone for not only is in common use. Alone means unaccompanied: as, he stood alone. Only applies to that of which there is no other: as, an only son; adverbially, only this.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.
    • adj Alone al-ōn′ single: solitary: alone of its kind: of itself, or by themselves
    • adv Alone singly, by one's self only
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Quotations

  • Laurence J. Peter
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    “Man cannot live by incompetence alone.”
  • Johann G. Fichte
    Johann G. Fichte
    “Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
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    “Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.”
  • Mother Teresa
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    “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
  • KaThe Kollwitz
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    “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Everybody has the right to be left alone but nobody has the right to demand approval.”

Idioms

Leave well alone - If you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it, either physically or metaphorically.
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Let alone - This is used to emphasise how extreme something could be: 'We hadn't got the money to phone home, let alone stay in a hotel.' This emphasises the utter impossibility of staying in a hotel.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
All, + one,. OE. al one, all allone, AS. ān one, alone. See All One Lone

Usage

In literature:

The real truth is, that you and I are alone, to be each other's only friend.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Our discussions alone will give it form and comeliness.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He eloquently describes the dangers of the unknown seas near the Cape and gives an account of the shipwreck, from which he alone has escaped.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I dared not tell you about it; I could only struggle on alone, so terribly alone, sometimes; and now I am beaten, beaten.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide, wide sea!
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
I was no longer alone.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
When Marian was left alone, she sat down by the window of the little room, and gazed sadly down at the river.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I wanted to be alone.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Lave him alone, woman; lave him alone, poor boy.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Sir Thomas was especially anxious to be alone with his daughters, but he could not tell the guest to go.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
They live alone with Nature, surrounded by her majestic forms.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
You told me not to live alone.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Out of the whole lot, Jones alone is contented; and he is told by his physician that he must spend his next two winters at Cairo.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The Vicomte de Talizac, the Vicomtesse, and their son, detested Pierre and watched him closely, with what aim they alone knew.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Let us therefore let him alone.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
I'll never go and leave you here alone.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Among the latter came an old maid, who seemed to be quite alone in the world.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Death alone it is in your power to give!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
I'll let alone what I can.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
I would escape those eyes and be alone to dream.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
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In poetry:

Crimson
Waves weeping
Tears on
My sleeves alone
Is the colour stronger.
"Crimson" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,
"Stars" by Sara Teasdale
Sometimes I'd walk,
walk far from home,
the things I've seen,
and I alone.
"Sometimes I'd walk" by Wang Wei
In thee we’re strong,
freed from old ways.
Thou alone rulest
here, today.
"In The Woods" by Eberhard Arnold
"Can it be his alone,
To find when all is known,
That what
He solely sought
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
The day before April
Alone, alone,
I walked in the woods
And I sat on a stone.
"The Day Before April" by Mary Carolyn Davies

In news:

For The Washington Post) No one wants to sing karaoke alone.
A Cornell University commission said yesterday that a graduate student in computer science, working alone, created the rogue program that produced havoc in nationwide computer networks last November.
Put him in a recording studio alone – with drums, guitars, bass, keyboards and a vibraphone – and he will escape with an album that sounds like him and a full band of experts.
But if you don't know your IMHOs from your YOLOs, you are not alone.
'I am not king': Obama tells Latino voters he can't conjure immigration reform alone.
The location alone is festive for a new store.
Unusual Behavior Alone Can Constitute FMLA Notice.
Let's face it: energy efficiency alone isn't fun.
ALONE and lonely in a technologically crowded world.
Come alone or with a partner to enjoy this uniquely American folk dance at 7 pm Saturday, Oct 13 at the Depot Arts Center in Anacortes.
Come alone or with a partner.
Organic Crops Alone Can't Feed the World.
FBI says Page acted alone in Sikh shootings.
Fresh corn is delicious alone, but have you ever slathered it in mayonnaise and salty cheese.
Let alone the issue of scarce donor material, a sub-group of patients do not tolerate transplanted corneas , necessitating the employment of an alternative means of restoring eye sight.
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In science:

The S/N of these data alone suggest that Bθ< 0.1 mG, however, this maser is also the narrowest maser in our sample (∆vF W HM = 0.3 km s−1 ).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
This supports earlier evidence from the galaxies alone that the peaks in the galaxy distribution are parts of larger structures, which may be the precursors to present-day superclusters or walls.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Measuring the flux in the TiO bands should allow us to extract the flux of the secondary star alone, assuming there is no contribution to the TiO from the other sources of the light in the system.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Unfortunately, published results from such surveys do not present a consistent picture of EROs surface density, let alone inferred volume density.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
This seems a serious underestimate, based on the de Broglie wavelength alone.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
He then claims that −p′(x) represents the net charge per unit length along the microtubule, which, on dimensional grounds alone, cannot be well-founded.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
There are parts in the expression which are expressible in terms of the momenta of the tachyons, the momenta and the polarization tensors of the vectors and J alone, using the inner product with respect to the open string metric.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
Local, 2D models done with a second-order, Van Leer algorithm on a ratioed grid by Rosen & Bregman (1995) established that such driving alone could lead to the formation of a network of cold clouds and hot gas, along with a flow of hot gas out of the disk.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
The deduced possible dust composition was initially only constrained to the extent that silicates alone could not be responsible for the interstellar extinction (Greenberg 1974).
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
This shows that the width analysis alone is not sufficient to explain numerical results for the ground state behavior.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
We then go on to discuss its conformal properties and finally we make some remarks on the properties of correlation functions that can be deduced from symmetry properties alone.
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
They are similar to the Virasoro minimal models, whose chiral algebra is generated by the Virasoro algebra alone.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The frequencies in these bursts alone were consistent with a typical orbital velocity for the neutron star.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Indeed, if possibility (ii) above is correct, it may be very difficult to use matrix theory to reproduce all the nonlinear structure of classical supergravity, let alone to derive new results about quantum supergravity.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that the Seiberg-Witten invariant alone does not distinguish smooth structures of certain, at least non-simply-connected, four manifolds belong to a same homeomorphism class .
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
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