• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lone being the only one; single and isolated from others "the lone doctor in the entire county","a lonesome pine","an only child","the sole heir","the sole example","a solitary instance of cowardice","a solitary speck in the sky"
    • adj lone characterized by or preferring solitude "a lone wolf","a lonely existence","a man of a solitary disposition","a solitary walk"
    • adj lone 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He lost himself in a lonely valley He lost himself in a lonely valley
The Lonely Watcher of the Coast The Lonely Watcher of the Coast

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Lone Ranger's "real" name is John Reid.
    • n Lone A lane. See Loanin.
    • Lone Being apart from other things of the kind; being by itself; also, apart from human dwellings and resort; as, a lone house. "A lone isle.""By a lone well a lonelier column rears."
    • Lone Being without a companion; being by one's self; also, sad from lack of companionship; lonely; as, a lone traveler or watcher. "When I have on those pathless wilds a appeared,
      And the lone wanderer with my presence cheered."
    • Lone Single; unmarried, or in widowhood. "Queen Elizabeth being a lone woman.""A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear."
    • Lone Unfrequented by human beings; solitary. "Thus vanish scepters, coronets, and balls,
      And leave you on lone woods, or empty walls."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lone Being unaccompanied; apart from any other; solitary; lonely; isolated: as, a lone traveler; a lone house.
    • lone Single in state; living alone; unmated or unmarried.
    • lone Lonely; secluded; unfrequented.
    • n lone A lane. Also loan.
    • n lone A Middle English form of loan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lone lōn alone: solitary: retired: standing by itself
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
  • Samuel Insull
    Samuel Insull
    “Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top it is almost lonely there.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.”
  • Abraham Ibn Esra
    Abraham Ibn Esra
    “There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.”


Lone wolf - A lone wolf is a person who prefers to do things on their own or without help from other people.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. fr. alone,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

But she was not lonely.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Even here, on the lone, wide prairie, they could not shake off the small pretense of superiority.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
You must be awfully lonely here, but you'll be gettin' away soon, I hope.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He was prepared to snatch at anything which might stand between him and a lonely death.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
A desolate and unconscious face, wretched and vacant as a lone shore strewn with wreckage.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
After Kitty's departure Beth had many a lonely hour, and the time hung heavy on her hands.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
If it only were not so dark here, and so terribly lonely!
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Lonely Island lay five miles off the shore.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
It was so small in comparison with the huge, lonely farmhouse she had left the night before that her heart grew warm in anticipation.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Swan looked at Lone, and Lone went forward to meet them.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
In your secret heart of hearts you remember the lonely hours, the lonely years, the lonely graves!
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He felt amazingly at home, but very lonely.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Really, Cecilia, I did think you would show more pity to a sadly lonely man.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
He is not handsome, but he is nice and plump; and he is the only pig of a poor, lone woman.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Soon there were two sleepers in the lonely room.
"Polly of Lady Gay Cottage" by Emma C. Dowd
I don't think it is as lonely as a wood really, because here you can look all about you, and can see if any one is coming.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
I, Friedhelm Helfen, was at that time a lonely, soured misanthrope of two-and-twenty.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
From a field by the roadside, a solitary prairie-rooster gave once, twice, its lone, restless call.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
After the lonely weeks he had been spending it interested him more than he was willing to confess.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
Was there no end to the thirst-inspiring, monotonous, lonely reach of cacti?
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles

In poetry:

He started up and graspt a stake
And waited for his prey;
There came a lonely traveller
And Jaspar crost his way.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
The magic of the Hohokams
Was stronger than the Piutes'
Who worshipped in their white wigwams
The gods of lone pursuits.
"Casa Grande: Arizona" by Norman MacLeod
Long and lone this night to me
Passing slow and wearily;
Passing full of sighs and tears--
Love, what doth it bring to thee?
"Charm Verses" by Anonymous European
One moment more of sad suspense
And those dark trees are past;
The lonely well bursts on his sight
And they are met at last!
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
When I am dead no tears will flow
Upon my lonely grave below,
But from above the aerial blue
Will scatter over me tears of dew.
"Sky-Blue" by Nikoloz Baratashvili
And knew them then, and knew them there
Where the pine branches wave,
As close beside, as deep in earth,
As lone as in a grave!
"Imitation of a Welsh Poem" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Before the hearing began a lone protester raised a sign and shouted toward the members of the committee.
When I read this very well-documented story in the Lone Star Times about the $500 donation to Ron Paul from well-known white supremacist Don Black, I didn't really blame Paul for taking the money.
Michael Anthony First Take ( Lone Guitar ).
Melody's Echo Chamber surfaced in late June via a lone, mysterious single.
In the downstairs pub, a lone woman nurses a glass of white wine.
Joey Benz (15) slapped hands with Josh Chuba after scoring the lone goal of the match.
Emile Hirsch in talks for 'Lone Survivor'.
The girls ran up ahead of the fire to keep it from spreading and were able to extinguish it completely in about 10 minutes, shortly before fire crews and the Lone Peak police arrived on the scene.
Scott Kemp, Lone Pine's boys basketball coach, has only one returning starter, three guys up from.
"It's like taking a bite of great food, and you want more," the "Lone Star" vet tells THR.
Graveside services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012, at the Lone Wolf Cemetery in Mitchell County with the Rev.
He's the Crimson Tide's lone experienced guy back in the secondary and one of the best safeties in the SEC.
The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac .
Littlejack has a map that indicates the existence of a treasure on a far and lonely island.
Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn't go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda.

In science:

At least, this cannot be related to the bulk region because the bulk region is not present in the simulation cell when the lonely slit is simulated.
Monte Carlo simulation of the electrical properties of electrolytes adsorbed in charged slit-systems
The shape of concentration profiles also look similar in the lonely slit and in the innermost slits, at least, at the scale of figure 2.
Monte Carlo simulation of the electrical properties of electrolytes adsorbed in charged slit-systems
The ionic profiles in the lonely slit show a maximum at contact position: a typical hard sphere effect at the wall.
Monte Carlo simulation of the electrical properties of electrolytes adsorbed in charged slit-systems
This result shows that the lonely slit is a good approximation if we want to study the structure of the density profiles in the slit, but this is insufficient if we want to get information about the electrical work that is needed to bring an ion into the slit.
Monte Carlo simulation of the electrical properties of electrolytes adsorbed in charged slit-systems
One consequence could be an enhanced flux from an otherwise unremarkable source, easing concerns of exceeding the spin-down power of a lone pulsar.
Galactic Streams of Cosmic-ray Electrons and Positrons
In the case of W∞ , these multiplications are called the “lone-star product.” For the family of the GL(∞, R) algebras, the operation is basically tensor product, modulo certain ideal.
W-Infinity and String Theory
The special case of N = 1 corresponds to a lone quantum electron diluted in a large sample.
The Quantum-Mechanical Position Operator in Extended Systems
The collaboration is fielding a close-packed array of 18 Ge detectors, 16 of which will share a lone cryostat.
Neutrino Mass Patterns and Future Double-Beta Decay Experiments
The assumption is implemented by choosing the canonical ensemble so that ˜λ is restricted to equal ieff multiplying a constant, the lone remaining inverse temperature associated with conservation of ˜C .
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
Since Mn orbital ordering is necessarily coupled to the distortion caused by the Bi lone pair and also determines the magnetic interaction , the detailed knowledge of the orbital ordering would be essential to the understanding of the multiferroic system BiMnO3 .
Orbital ordering and enhanced magnetic frustration of strained BiMnO3 thin films
Conway Morris, S.: 2003, Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK.
Astrophysics in 2006
If A is tainted, then the lone defective item in A will have been identified.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
Moreover, in contrast to the SM with its lone Higgs scalar, supersymmetry makes an abundance of scalar fields available for inflationary model building.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Significance tests of a single experiment a lone cannot be used to provide quantitative evidence for a physical relation.
Significance Tests in Climate Science
For the standard vector meson nonet, the masses increase from the almost degenerate I = 0 and I = 1 particles to the lone I = 0 particle φ.
Testing a model for the puzzling spin 0 mesons