from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A suffix applied to the names of classes in the quantitative classification of igneous rocks. See rock.
  • noun Scotch and northern English form of one.
  • noun A suffix of Latin origin, the same as -an, as in mundane, ultramontane, etc.
  • noun In chem., a termination denoting that the hydrocarbon the name of which ends with it belongs to the paraffin series having the general formula CnH2n + 2: as, methane, CH4; ethane, C2H6.

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  • adjective used of a single unit or thing; not two or more


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ān; see an.]


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  • Perhaps he saw my old car and something psychological kicked in ane he didn’t want to be stuck behind me.

    Ground Control To Major Tom. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG Inspector Gadget 2009

  • Ye see, sir, I want ye to put yersels i 'the han's o' a man that kens ye baith, and the half o 'yer story a'ready -- ane, that is, wha'll jeedge ye truly and mercifully, and no condemn ye affhan'.

    Salted with Fire George MacDonald 1864

  • But gien sic a ane was a clerk in a coontin 'hoose, he wad hae to stow awa the wings; I cannot see what use he wad hae for them there.

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald George MacDonald 1864

  • Sabbath at e'en, and out o 'ane's warm bed at this time o' night, and a sort o 'drow in the air besides --- there's nae time for considering

    Rob Roy 1887

  • But little ye ken the temptation o 'ane' at has but ae solitary wapon, to mak use o 'that same!

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864

  • I kenned mysel 'ane' at in ord'nar 'affairs was coontit little better nor an idiot,' maist turn a prophet whan he gaed doon upo 'his knees.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864

  • An 'gin ye come o' ane 'at cud play this fiddle as this fiddle deserves to be playt, ye'll do me credit.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald 1864

  • An 'up yon'er ye cudna get a whack at her, for hurtin' ane 'at didna deserve' t.

    Sir Gibbie George MacDonald 1864

  • 'Eh, laddie!' said Mrs. Falconer, the first greetings over, 'ane 's ta'en an' anither 's left! but what for 's mair nor I can faddom.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald 1864

  • "I doobt there's mair o 'ane's in like condition, Jeames," responded the laird, "or we wad na be comin 'to tax yer skeel at this present."

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864


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