Once

Once

(wns), adv. [OE. ones, anes, an adverbial form fr. one, on, an, one. See One-, -Wards.] 1. For one time; by limitation to the number one; not twice nor any number of times more than one.
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Ye shall . . . go round about the city once.
Josh. vi. 3.
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Trees that bear mast are fruitful but once in two years.
Bacon.
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2. At some one period of time; -- used indefinitely.
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My soul had once some foolish fondness for thee.
Addison.
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That court which we shall once govern.
Bp. Hall.
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3. At any one time; -- often nearly equivalent to ever, if ever, or whenever; as, once kindled, it may not be quenched.
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Wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?
Jer. xiii. 27.
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To be once in doubt
Is once to be resolved.
Shak.
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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.
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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.
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