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English Dictionary: once by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
once
adv
  1. on one occasion; "once I ran into her" [syn: once, {one time}, in one case]
  2. as soon as; "once we are home, we can rest"
  3. at a previous time; "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";
    Synonym(s): once, formerly, at one time, erstwhile, erst
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.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
                     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
            quenched.
  
                     Wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?
                                                                              --Jer. xiii.
                                                                              27.
  
                     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.
               [bd]The once province of Britain.[b8] --J. N. Pomeroy.
  
      {At once}.
            (a) At the same point of time; immediately; without delay.
                  [bd]Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at
                  once.[b8] --Shak. [bd]I . . . withdrew at once and
                  altogether.[b8] --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. [bd]A dove
            sent forth once and again, to spy.[b8] --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[94]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}.
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