1. Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual.
The dream of Pharaoh is one. --Gen. xli. 25.
O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England. --Shak.
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.
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.
From the one side of heaven unto the other. --Deut. iv. 32.
4. Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole.
The church is therefore one, though the members may be many. --Bp. Pearson
5. Single in kind; the same; a common.
One plague was on you all, and on your lords. --1 Sam. vi. 4.
6. Single; unmarried. [Obs.]
Men may counsel a woman to be one. --Chaucer.
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.
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.
One day when Phoebe fair,
With all her band, was following the chase. --Spenser.
(b) Referring to future time: At some uncertain day or period in the future; some day.
Well, I will marry one day. --Shak.
1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. “And cheeks all pale.”
Note: ☞ In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense or becomes intensive.
2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or Poet.]
All as his straying flock he fed. --Spenser.
A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined. --Gay.
All to, or All-to. In such phrases as “all to rent,” “all to break,” “all-to frozen,” etc., which are of frequent occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb, equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether. But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all (as it does in “all forlorn,” and similar expressions), and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus Wyclif says, “The vail of the temple was to rent:” and of Judas, “He was hanged and to-burst the middle:” i. e., burst in two, or asunder.
All along. See under Along.
All and some, individually and collectively, one and all. [Obs.] “Displeased all and some.” --Fairfax.
All but. (a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak. (b) Almost; nearly. “The fine arts were all but proscribed.” --Macaulay.
All hollow, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all hollow. [Low]
All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same thing.
All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as, she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]
All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the whole difference.
All the same, nevertheless. “There they [certain phenomena] remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or not.” --J. C. Shairp. “But Rugby is a very nice place all the same.” --T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.