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One (adjective)

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One. adj. [an, œne, Saxon; een, Dutch; ein, German; ἕν, Greek.]

  1. Less than two; single; denoted by an unite.

    The man he knew was one that willingly,
    For one good look would hazard all.

    Pindarus the poet, and one of the wisest, acknowledged also one God the most high, to be the father and creator of all things. Raleigh.

    If one must be rejected, one succeed,
    Make him my Lord, within whose faithful breast
    Is fix'd my image, and who loves me best.

    Love him by parts in all your num'rous race,
    And from those parts form one collected grace;
    Then when you have refin'd to that degree,
    Imagine all in one, and think that one is he.

  2. Indefinitely; any.

                            We shall
    Present our services to a fine new prince,
    One of these days.

    I took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour
    One thing or other.
    Shakespeare's Tempest.

    When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. Matt. xiii. 19.

    If any one prince made a felicity in this life, and lest fair fame after death, without the love of his subjects, there were some colour to despise it. Suckling.

  3. Different; diverse; opposed to another.

    What a precious comfort to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another's fortunes. Shakespeare.

    It is one thing to draw outlines true, the features like, the proportions exact, the colouring tolerable, and another thing to make all these graceful. Dryden.

    Suppose the common depth of the sea, taking one place with another, to be about a quarter of a mile. Burnet.

    It is one thing to think right, and another thing to know the right way to lay our thoughts before others with advantage and clearness. Locke.

    My legs were closed together by so many wrappers one over another, that I looked like an Egyptian mummy. Add.

    Two bones rubbed hard against one another, or with a file, to produce a fetid smell. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    At one time they keep their patients so warm, as almost to stifle them, and all of a sudden the cold regimen is in vogue. Baker on Learning.

  4. One of two opposed to the other.

    Ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this. Deutr. iv. 32

    Both the matter of the stone and marchasite, had been at once fluid bodies, till one of them, probably the marchasite, first growing hard, the other, as being yet of a more yielding consistence, accommodated itself to the harder's figure. Boyle.

    There can be no reason why we should prefer any one action to another, but because we have greater hopes of advantage from the one than from the other. Smallridge.

  5. Particularly one.

    One day when Phæbe fair,
    With all her band was following th' chase,
    This nymph quite tir'd with heat of scorching air,
    Sat down to rest.
    Fairy Queen, b. i.

  6. Some future.

    Heav'n waxeth old, and all the spheres above
    Shall one day faint, and their swift motion stay;
    And time itself, in time shall cease to move,
    But the soul survives and lives for aye.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Baker, Thomas (10) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Burnet, Thomas (45) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Davies, John (45) · The Bible - Deuteronomy (21) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · The Bible - Matthew (21) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Smalridge, George (6) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Suckling, John (16) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

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