Hypertext Webster Gateway: "once"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Once \Once\, adv. [OE. ones, anes, an adverbial form fr. one,
on, an, one. See {One-}, {-Wards}.]
1. By limitation to the number one; for one time; not twice
nor any number of times more than one.

Ye shall . . . go round about the city once. --Josh.
vi. 3.

Trees that bear mast are fruitful but once in two
years. --Bacon.

2. At some one period of time; -- used indefinitely.

My soul had once some foolish fondness for thee.

That court which we shall once govern. --Bp. Hall.

3. At any one time; -- often nearly equivalent to ever, if
ever, or whenever; as, once kindled, it may not be

Wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?
--Jer. xiii.

To be once in doubt Is once to be resolved. --Shak.

Note: Once is used as a noun when preceded by this or that;
as, this once, that once. It is also sometimes used
elliptically, like an adjective, for once-existing.
``The once province of Britain.'' --J. N. Pomeroy.

{At once}.
(a) At the same point of time; immediately; without delay.
``Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at
once.'' --Shak. ``I . . . withdrew at once and
altogether.'' --Jeffrey.
(b) At one and the same time; simultaneously; in one body;
as, they all moved at once.

{Once and again}, once and once more; repeatedly. ``A dove
sent forth once and again, to spy.'' --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ounce \Ounce\, n. [F. once; cf. It. lonza, Sp. onza; prob. for
lonce, taken as l'once, fr. L. lynx, Gr. ?, or an (assumed)
fem. adj. lyncea, from lynx. Cf. {Lynx}.] (Zo["o]l.)
A feline quadruped ({Felis irbis, or uncia}) resembling the
leopard in size, and somewhat in color, but it has longer and
thicker fur, which forms a short mane on the back. The ounce
is pale yellowish gray, with irregular dark spots on the neck
and limbs, and dark rings on the body. It inhabits the lofty
mountain ranges of Asia. Called also {once}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our
former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her
quondam lover" [syn: {erstwhile(a)}, {former(a)}, {once(a)},
{onetime(a)}, {quondam(a)}, {sometime(a)}]
adv 1: on one occasion; "once I ran into her" [syn: {one time}, {in
one case}]
2: as soon as; "once we are home, we can rest" [syn: {when}]
3: at a previous time; "once he loved her"; "her erstwhile
writing" [syn: {formerly}, {at one time}, {erstwhile}, {erst}]

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