one by one


  • Hung by One Pant Leg 265
    Hung by One Pant Leg 265
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv one by one one piece at a time "she sold the plates by the piece"
    • adv one by one apart from others "taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square","the fine points are treated singly"
    • adv one by one in single file "the prisoners came out one by one"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dog is served water by one of his many attendants The dog is served water by one of his many attendants
John Deere plow, one of the three plows made by Deere in 1838 John Deere plow, one of the three plows made by Deere in 1838
The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Just by recycling one aluminum can, enough energy would be saved to have a TV run for three hours.
    • One by one each day, each one, each piece, etc., by itself singly or separately; each severally.
    • One by one singly; one at a time; one after another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One out of every five births in the United States are delivered by Cesarean section
    • One by one singly: in order
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  • Jean Paul
    “Strong character is brought out by change, weak ones by permanence.”
  • Owen Felltham
    Owen Felltham
    “There is no one subsists by himself alone.”
  • Proverb
    “Step by step one goes very far.”
  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    “Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones.”
  • Sir Anthony Eden
    Sir Anthony Eden
    “We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.”


Fly by the seat of one's pants - If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. an; Ice. einn, Ger. ein.


In literature:

Jewesses, for example, are always precocious, earlier by one or two years.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
They have been differentiated at one time by one standard, at another time by another.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The bulb of one of them is covered by a dark substance, the bulb of the other by a white one.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
One by one the men rush out of the palace in their natural forms and warmly thank and praise their deliverer.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
On another occasion an alligator was shot by one of the passengers on board a steamer, and hauled up on deck.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I have found a dozen by one stock.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
They passed by him as one would pass by a bomb that might or might not explode.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He waited till the soldiers one by one went up the ladder to the general bunk-room.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
A point is scored by one party whenever one of the opponents' clubs is dislodged, whether it be knocked over by a ball or by its owner.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
They turned toward Guapo, who was still holding his one by the tail, and calling for help.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
One by one they came.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
An assault made by one vessel on another, by entering her in battle with a detachment of armed men.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
One by one the guns swung into position, and soon the whole broadside opened with a roar.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
One by one they shut up shop.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
It is delivered by one continuous spiral movement of the bayonet into the opening.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
One by hues of colour; the other by proportions of space.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I went myself and took them, one by one, to their loads.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He was twice married, and had five sons and four daughters by one marriage and four sons and five daughters by the other.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
A toast in the child's honor is often given at this time by one of the sponsors.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
These eight hundred natives were led by one of Uracca's brothers.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Because you loved the country ways,
Whereon your happy feet were set.
Nor was the calmness of your days,
Stirred by one vexed regret.
"The Reason Why" by Anna Johnston MacManus
God will bless his little treasurers,
One by one, that come to Him;
Though she has left this world forever,
We will put our trust in Him.
"Minnie's Departure" by Julia A Moore
And he came ready to take and bear
The cross I had carried for many a year,
But words came slowly one by one
From frozen lips shut still and dumb.
"Fragment of a Ballad" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Now, stooping, I upgather, one by one,
The crimson petals, all
Outspread about my fall.
They hold their fragrance still, a blood-red cone
Of memory.
"Stupidity" by Amy Lowell
Then came by one in mad distress,
'Haste, haste below, where strong arms weaken,
The fighting ones grow less and less!
Great cities of the world are taken!
"The Dreamers" by William Wilfred Campbell
They shook the captain by the hand,
"Goodluck! goodluck!" they cried;
Each face was like the setting sun,
As, broad and red, they one by one
Went o'er the vessel's side.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - III." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

One by one their conflicts were called.
In the completely unoriginal horror movie " Chernobyl Diaries," six young adults find themselves stranded in Chernobyl and picked off one by one by evil forces.
This one, by an award-winning author from Britain, stands out as one of the most elegant and original.
One in three women will have one by the time they're 60.
One by one, military veterans and their families received a hero's welcome Friday at Toyota of Boerne's third annual Turkey For Troops event.
The Democrats ' recent victories — including gaining seats in the House and Senate — has been declared "a new majority" by one CNN analyst and a "realignment" by the conservative columnist Ross Douthat.
A lawsuit by one Fayette County commissioner against her then-colleagues was dismissed by a federal judge Thursday.
But over the years they came down, one by one.
One by one, they were loaded into the Wings of Rescue.
The Eagles players would file into the locker room one-by-one, shoulders slumped, faces pale.
MURTAUGH, Idaho (AP) — One by one, players for a tiny southern Idaho scho ol's football team fell victim to injury — so many, in fact, that by the third quarter, Murtaugh High School didn't have enough healthy boys to continue.
The Detroit Free Press is standing by its columnist, and WRIF is standing by one of its most-played local artists.
The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one.
To become certified, an individual must attend a training course run by WOOLSAFE or by one of its trainers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One by one, the key players for the Minnesota Timberwolves keep going down.

In science:

Within loops over the number of graphs and helicities the binary trees are handled one by one.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Note that it is also possible to indicate a list of processes which will be handled one by one.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Gh′ )], and we fill First we remove all the plaquettes from δ the gaps by introducing the walls of Gh′ one by one along the lines of the proof of Lemma 12.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
Often the sites are found to topple one by one, without any avalanches of size 2 or larger.
The complex scaling behavior of non--conserved self--organized critical systems
This is the new assignment and the algorithm restarts anew checking the clauses one by one etc.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
We shall consider two types of N (Rt) one by one.
The Alternating Group of degree 6 in Geometry of the Leech Lattice and K3 Surfaces
Let XN be the number of vertices identified when ω(N ) patches are added to the hypergraph one by one, as necessary, where ω(N )/N → 0 as N → ∞.
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
Let Aδ N be the number of patches we need to add one by one, as necessary, until we have identified more than N δ vertices, for δ > 0.
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
The fittings were done by means of an automatic routine, but were checked one by one, excluding cases where the thermal and non-thermal emissions could not be reliably separated, or the non-thermal part was not well represented by a single power-law.
The spectral evolution of impulsive solar X-ray flares. II.Comparison of observations with models
We could use the second moment method, but as we shall need the relevant neighbourhoods of v and w to be disjoint, it turns out to be easier to test vertices one by one.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Then arrange the rest parts λ − λj one-by-one, as for the regenerative (α, θ + α) composition (from right to left), using the appropriate deletion kernel [9, 10].
Self-similar and Markov composition structures
Random recursive trees. A random recursive tree (RRT) with n vertices is a random rooted tree obtained by starting with a single root and then adding n − 1 vertices one by one, each time joining the new vertex to a randomly chosen old vertex; the random choices are uniform and independent of each other.
Congruence properties of depths in some random trees
We now bound each of these terms one by one.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version
In this procedure, checks are added one by one along with their leaves, starting from the core.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
U and removing unfrozen clauses, one by one, in an arbitrary order until a fixed point is reached, i.e., no unfrozen clauses remain.
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems