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Definitions

  • One of The Façades Of the Fortress Of Kubban
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj one 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"
    • adj one indefinite in time or position "he will come one day","one place or another"
    • adj one being a single entity made by combining separate components "three chemicals combining into one solution"
    • adj one used informally as an intensifier "that is one fine dog"
    • adj one of the same kind or quality "two animals of one species"
    • adj one used of a single unit or thing; not two or more "`ane' is Scottish"
    • adj one having the indivisible character of a unit "a unitary action","spoke with one voice"
    • n one a single person or thing "he is the best one","this is the one I ordered"
    • n one 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Ruined Pedestal of One Of The Colossi Of BiahmÛ the Ruined Pedestal of One Of The Colossi Of BiahmÛ
"One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork." "One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork."
"One pig went squealing down the road." "One pig went squealing down the road."
One of the Agent-de-ville = M.P. teams of Paris One of the Agent-de-ville = M.P. teams of Paris
Some of the first ones Some of the first ones
THE RECKLESS ONE THE RECKLESS ONE
"ONE SHORT STAB OF HIS DAGGER BEHIND THE SKULL." "ONE SHORT STAB OF HIS DAGGER BEHIND THE SKULL."
One of the 'non-com Mish.' 159 One of the 'non-com Mish.' 159

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One billion seconds is about 32 years
    • One A single person or thing. "The shining ones .""Hence, with your little ones .""He will hate the one , and love the other.""That we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory."
    • One A single unit; as, one is the base of all numbers.
    • One A symbol representing a unit, as 1, or i.
    • indef. pron One wŭn Any person, indefinitely; a person or body; as, what one would have well done, one should do one's self.One is often used with some any no each every such a many a another the other, etc. It is sometimes joined with another, to denote a reciprocal relation.When any one heareth the word. Matt. xiii. 19. She knew every one who was any one in the land of Bohemia. Compton Reade. The Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought against one another. Jowett (Thucyd. ). The gentry received one another. Thackeray. "It was well worth one's while.""Against this sort of condemnation one must steel one's self as one best can."
    • One Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual. "The dream of Pharaoh is one .""O that we now had here
      But one ten thousand of those men in England."
    • One Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole. "The church is therefore one , though the members may be many."
    • One Denoting a person or thing conceived or spoken of indefinitely; a certain. “I am the sister of one Claudio” [Shak.], that is, of a certain man named Claudio.
    • One Pointing out a contrast, or denoting a particular thing or person different from some other specified; -- used as a correlative adjective, with or without the. "From the one side of heaven unto the other."
    • One Single in kind; the same; a common. "One plague was on you all, and on your lords."
    • One Single; unmarried. "Men may counsel a woman to be one ."
    • v. t One To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite; to assimilite. "The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word witch comes from the word "wicca" which translates to the "wise one."
    • one Being but a single unit or individual; being a single person, thing, etc., of the class mentioned; noting unity: the first or lowest of the cardinal numerals.
    • one Being a single (person or thing considered apart from, singled out from, or contrasted with the others, or with another); hence, either (of two), or any single individual (of the whole number); this or that: as, from one side of the room to the other.
    • one Some: used of a single thing indefinitely.
    • one Single in kind; the same: as, they are all of one age.
    • one Single; unmarried.
    • one Certain; some: before the name of a person hitherto not mentioned, or unknown to the speaker. As thus used, one often implies social obscurity or insignificance, and thus conveys more or less contempt.
    • one Alone; only: following a pronoun and equivalent to self: used reflexively.
    • one [By a peculiar idiom, the adjective one was formerly used before the article the or an, or a pronoun, followed by an adjective, often in the superlative (as “one the best prince”), where now the pronoun one, followed by of and a plural noun (partitive genitive), would be used (as “one of the best princes”). Compare the idiom in “good my lord,” etc.
    • one A matter of indifference; of no consequence.
    • one Completely; entirely; out and out.
    • one Identical with; the same as.
    • n one The first whole number, consisting of a single unit; unity.
    • n one The symbol representing one or unity (1, I, or i).
    • n one The same.
    • one A single person or thing; an individual; a person; a thing; somebody; some one; something. It is used as a substitute for a noun designating a person or thing, and is in so far of the nature of a personal pronoun, but is capable, unlike a personal pronoun, of being qualified by an indefinite article, an adjective, or other attributive: as, such a one, many a one, a good one, each one, which one. It is used in the plural also: as, I have left all the bad ones.
    • one The most frequent constructions of one are — As antecedent to a relative pronoun, one who being equivalent to any person who, or to he who, she who, without distinction of gender.
    • one As a substitute for a noun used shortly before, avoiding its repetition: as, here are some apples; will you take one? this portrait is a fine one.
    • one After an adjective, as substitute for a noun easily supplied in thought, especially being, person, or the like.
    • one It easily passes, however, from the meaning ‘any one’ into the collective sense of ‘all persons,’ ‘people generally,’ and for this can be substituted people, they, we (if the speaker does not except himself from the general statement), you (the person addressed being taken as an example of others in general), or the impersonal passive may be substituted: as, one cannot be too careful (we cannot, you cannot, they cannot, people cannot be too careful); one knows not when (it is not known when). One is sometimes virtually a substitute for the first person, employed by a speaker who does not wish to put himself prominently forward: as, one does not like to say so, but it is only too true; one tries to do one's best. One's self or oneself is the corresponding reflexive: as, one must not praise one's self.
    • one [capitalized] A certain being, namely the Deity; God: the name being avoided from motives of reverence or from reserve.
    • one Alone; only.
    • one To make one; unite into a whole; join.
    • one In chem., a termination of hydrocarbons belonging to the series which has the general formula CnH2n-4: as, pentone, C5H6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hitler and Napolean both had only one testical
    • One &c., the devil
    • pron One wun a person (indefinitely), as in 'one says:' any one: some one
    • n One a single person or thing: a unit
    • adj One wun 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
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Quotations

  • Michael Holmboe Meyer
    Michael Holmboe Meyer
    “One can always win a war, but how does one conquer peace?”
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    “One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.”
  • Elias Canetti
    Elias%20Canetti
    “One should use praise to recognize what one is not.”
  • Leszczynski Stanislaus
    Leszczynski Stanislaus
    “To be vain of one's rank or place is to show that one is below it.”
  • Dan Quayle
    Dan%20Quayle
    “One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is to be prepared.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “One must care about a world one will not see.”

Idioms

All your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
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As one man - If people do something as one man, then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement.
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Back to square one - If you are back to square one, you have to start from the beginning again.
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Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? - (USA) (US Southern) This is a response given to an unnecessary question for which the obvious answer is yes. Example: If you were to ask an Olympic archer whether she could put an arrow in an apple at ten yards, she could answer: "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?"('Do one-legged ducks swim in circles?' is also used.)
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Eyes are bigger than one's stomach - If someone's eyes are bigger than their stomach, they are greedy and take on more than they can consume or manage.
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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.
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Gird one's loins - If you gird your loins, you prepare for conflict or a difficult time.
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In one ear and out the other - If something goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you've heard it because it was too complicated, boring etc.
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In one stroke - If something happens in one stroke, it happens immediately.(In a stroke, at a stroke and at one stroke are also used.)
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
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Kill two birds with one stone - When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.
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Know which side one's bread is buttered on - If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.
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Look out for number one - If you look out for number one, you take care of yourself and your interests, rather than those of other people.
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More than one string to their bow - A person who has more than one string to their bow has different talents or skills to fall back on.
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More than one way to skin a cat - When people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, they mean that there are different ways of achieving the same thing.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. one, on, an, AS. ān,; akin to D. een, OS. ēn, OFries. ēn, ān, G. ein, Dan. een, Sw. en, Icel. einn, Goth. ains, W. un, Ir. & Gael. aon, L. unus, earlier oinos, oenos, Gr. o'i`nh the ace on dice; cf. Skr. ēka,. The same word as the indefinite article a, an,. √ 299. Cf. 2d A, 1st An Alone Anon Any None Nonce Only Onion Unit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. an; Ice. einn, Ger. ein.

Usage

In literature:

Some one suggested that the wedding would be a lucky one because there was only one clergyman present.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
One day I was paying my usual visit to the Post Office, when some one gripped me by the arm.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
If one does not, naturally one only has to blame one's self for the consequences.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The most carts I remember having seen passing along at one time, was about one hundred.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
One hopes that one's religious ideas grow like the rest of one's life.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Yes, one hated them; yet, when one knew all about them, one had to spend hours watching their doings with a microscope, it was so interesting.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
One time a Rebel saw a Yankee wid one eye, one leg an' one arm.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Suicide in one so young, so fair, so incomparably lovely; one capable of charming others, no longer to be charmed herself!
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
One-sided hate does not endure any more than does a one-sided love.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
One comes and fixes things her way, and gets tired and goes off, and then the other one comes and upsets them.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
One would be a trifle too much ashamed to be seen in one's own company, afterwards, if one deserted.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Uncle Win and Uncle Leverett talked politics after supper, one sitting one side of the chimney and one the other.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
One part went to the Inquisition for its expenses, one part to the papal camera, and one part to the civil authority.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She ought to have the companionship of other children; some one to play with, and some one to work with as well as play.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
One-half pint milk, one-half pint warm water, one-half cake yeast, one heaping tablespoonful sugar, one teaspoonful salt, one egg.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
No one noticed him; and the only one that paid him the least attention appeared to look upon him as a nuisance.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
One-half envelope Knox sparkling gelatine; one orange; one and one-half cups sugar; one lemon; three cups rich milk.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
At the same moment, some one in one of the rooms below had had the same thought.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Cover and simmer until chicken is tender (from one to one and one-quarter hours).
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Mere Lunde had two potions, one for the fever, one for her general strength, but she would not disturb her now.
"A Little Girl in Old St. Louis" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

A song, one soared against the blue;
A song, one silvered in the leaves;
A song, one blew where orchards grew
Gold-appled to the eaves.
"Bare Boughs" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not one kind look….one friendly word!
Wilt thou in chilling silence sit;
Nor through the social hour afford
One cheering smile, or beam of wit?
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie
So one sweet rose yet wears the green,
And one in sunset's crimson glows;
Still one untouched by love is seen,
And one in conscious beauty blows.
"The Prairie Rose" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
One went before, one after, but so fast
They seem gone hence together, from the shore
Whence we now gaze: yet ere the mightier passed
One went before;
"Autumn And Winter" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
One touched the flowers that decked the bier;
Another dropped a little tear;
One stroked the cheek so waxy white;
And one cowered weeping with affright.
"Life In Death" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Bees sip not at one flower,
Spring comes not with one shower,
Nor shines the sun alone
Upon one favoured hour,
But with unstinted power
Makes every day his own.
"Approaching Night" by John Clare

In news:

Windham – When one walks into Windham Village resident Ted Stryczny's garage, one will not see cars, motorcycles or even a bicycle but what one will see is his version of a man cave.
Balloon went for two ascents on Thursday, one of about one-quarter mile, and 75 feet, and this one which was tethered JAMES A JONES JR./BRADENTON HERALD Buy Photo.
Balloon went for two ascents on Thursday, one of about one-quarter mile, and 75 feet, and this one which was tethered JAMES A JONES JR./BRADENTON HERALD.
SuperCLAW is one part church bake-sale, one part roller derby, and one part striptease.
Hoa Nguyen, The Press of Atlantic City, Pleasantville, N.J. One day after riding out one of the most destructive storms to hit the East Coast, South Jersey residents faced a devastating scene from one end of the shoreline to the other.
My eye travels from the first one, to the one behind it, then another layered behind that one.
Not one of the really bad ones, but an unfun one.
One or more adults in 15.6 percent of households in America performed in at least one chorus , and of those, almost 45 percent performed with more than one chorus .
One can laugh, one can cry, or one can quickly learn to use the metro.
Today, we're featuring three internationally known personalities - one artist, one musician, and one athlete.
"Him challenging me to a one-on-one game, he's confident or crazy, one or the other," Bryant said Tuesday morning prior to the Cavaliers' game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
One way they are considering is eliminating the one-dollar bill and replacing it with one-dollar coins.
One shadowy figure is behind most of the fliers for "cheap movers" around the city — and no one can stop him from illegally blanketing light poles because no one knows who he is.
We have become a nation of the top one percent, by the top one percent, and for the top one percent.
In the 78-year history of the Heisman, only one player has one more than one: Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and `75.
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In science:

It is assumed that K (i, t + 1) ∩ K (i + 1, t + 1) consists of exactly one point, correspondingly the right one and the left one of these sets.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Three different methods will be created, the first one for the generation of the four-momenta, the second one for the calculation of the appropriate weight and the last one for finding resonant propagators within the channel.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In all, there are four spectra; one for SK, one for the light water tank at SNO, one for processes (5) and (6), and one for process (7).
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
One immediately remarks that C ∗ -algebras provide a unified approach to both classical (Abelian ones) and quantum (non Abelian ones) systems.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
The space of sections will be the “one- particle space” and one wants to construct what can variously be thought of as the Fock space or infinite dimensional spinor space associated to this one-particle space.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
If one chooses a complex structure at each point in space-time, one picks out a U (2) ⊂ SO(4) (perhaps better thought of as a U (2) ⊂ S pinc (4)) and in it is argued that one can consistently think of this as an internal symmetry.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
One chooses one ui to be a u− in the first group, and the others u+ ; similarly one u+ in the second group, and the others are u− .
New correlation functions for random matrices and integrals over supergroups
The last result of this section establishes one direction of the one-to-one correspondence in Theorem 1.4.
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
Applying the operator ˆH in equation (21) to a state of the type (17) using the contraction rules (19) one finds that ˆH can conveniently be split into three parts, a trace-conserving one ˆH0 , a trace-increasing one ˆH+ and a trace-decreasing one ˆH− , i.e.
Quantum Mechanics, Random Matrices and BMN Gauge Theory
Modg , can be generated by two elements; one is a product of two Dehn twists (one is right and one is left) and the other is a product of 2g Dehn twists.
Generating the surface mapping class group by two elements
The first one is that one cannot define invariants from the zero set of an arbitrary section from in infinite dimensional space and hence one should define the section in some “finite dimensional” neighbourhood of the zero set of the original section.
The Arnold-Givental conjecture and moment Floer homology
One may also measure corrections of about one per cent in the velocity shift (9), and not of order one as total reflection required.
A Simple Signal of Noncommutative Space
Alternatively, if one wants to verify a crossover to AHNS from a scaling regime, as suggested by Bormann in Ref. 15, then one needs to demonstrate that the dynamical scaling breaks down as one passes over into the AHNS regime.
Scaling determination of the nonlinear I-V characteristics for 2D superconducting networks
Here one needs one modification and one explanation.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one
Here one considers the spin vector that one would get if one were to momentarily stop (by a pure boost) the gyroscope with respect to the reference congruence.
Generalizing Optical Geometry
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