Definitions

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

  • adjective Moving or permitting movement in one direction only.
  • adjective Providing for travel in one direction only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Legally permitting movement or travel in one direction only; -- of paths, especially roads.
  • adjective (Transportation) Pertaining to or valid for transportation in one direction between two points. Opposed to round-trip.

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  • adjective allowing movement in only one direction
  • adjective allowing travel in only one direction

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective moving or permitting movement in one direction only

Etymologies

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See separate entries for one and way. First attested in 1906 in reference to one-way tickets; 1914 in reference to one-way streets; 1940 in reference to one-way mirrors

Examples

  • Whereas some two-way links between cap-and-trade systems may thus take more time to establish, in the near-term one-way links between cap-and-trade and credit systems likely will be more attractive and easier to establish.

    Robert Stavins: A Wave of the Future: International Linkage of National Climate Change Policies

  • As service-and-information production becomes more industrialized, concentrated, bureaucratized, and automated, more and more service-and-information-producing organizations begin to operate behind what might be called one-way communication mirrors.

    Why Nothing Works

  • As service-and-information production becomes more industrialized, concentrated, bureaucratized, and automated, more and more service-and-information-producing organizations begin to operate behind what might be called one-way communication mirrors.

    Why Nothing Works

  • As service-and-information production becomes more industrialized, concentrated, bureaucratized, and automated, more and more service-and-information-producing organizations begin to operate behind what might be called one-way communication mirrors.

    Why Nothing Works

  • As service-and-information production becomes more industrialized, concentrated, bureaucratized, and automated, more and more service-and-information-producing organizations begin to operate behind what might be called one-way communication mirrors.

    Why Nothing Works

  • Corporations are what asset-protection gurus call one-way or unidirectional protection devices.

    Creating Wealth

  • Corporations are what asset-protection gurus call one-way or unidirectional protection devices.

    Creating Wealth

  • When O'Keefe asked if any of the RAs would be willing to go on a one-way trip to Mars, my hand shot up, even though I don't particularly like Mars and would much rather take a one-way trip to our Moon.

    Sean O'Keefe Responds to Jay Barbree - NASA Watch

  • The marketing approach to communication – the one-way sales pitch – has not served NASA well.

    Where is NASA's Transparency Task Force? - NASA Watch

  • Ultimately the Chinese and Indians will beat us to colonization of the moon and Mars because they are willing to think in terms of one-way and high risk missions with inevitable casualties in ways that we are not.

    Today's Video: Like None Other - Restored Moon Images to Help Future Moon Missions - NASA Watch

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