One day

One One (w[u^]n), a. [OE. one, on, an, AS. [=a]n; akin to D. een, OS. [=e]n, OFries. [=e]n, [=a]n, 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. [=e]ka. The same word as the indefinite article a, an. [root] 299. Cf. 2d {A}, 1st {An}, {Alone}, {Anon}, {Any}, {None}, {Nonce}, {Only}, {Onion}, {Unit}.] 1. Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual. [1913 Webster]

The dream of Pharaoh is one. --Gen. xli. 25. [1913 Webster]

O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

From the one side of heaven unto the other. --Deut. iv. 32. [1913 Webster]

4. Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole. [1913 Webster]

The church is therefore one, though the members may be many. --Bp. Pearson [1913 Webster]

5. Single in kind; the same; a common. [1913 Webster]

One plague was on you all, and on your lords. --1 Sam. vi. 4. [1913 Webster]

6. Single; unmarried. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Men may counsel a woman to be one. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: One is often used in forming compound words, the meaning of which is obvious; as, one-armed, one-celled, one-eyed, one-handed, one-hearted, one-horned, one-idead, one-leaved, one-masted, one-ribbed, one-story, one-syllable, one-stringed, one-winged, etc. [1913 Webster]

{All one}, of the same or equal nature, or consequence; all the same; as, he says that it is all one what course you take. --Shak.

{One day}. (a) On a certain day, not definitely specified, referring to time past. [1913 Webster]

One day when Phoebe fair, With all her band, was following the chase. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] (b) Referring to future time: At some uncertain day or period in the future; some day. [1913 Webster]

Well, I will marry one day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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