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[eyn] /eɪn/
adjective, noun, pronoun, Chiefly Scot.
Origin of ane
1350-1400; Middle English (North) an, variant of on one


a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series:
From the Latin suffix -ānus -an Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ane
Historical Examples
  • Then I should hae objections—mair nor ane—to put to the fore!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • But for the fut, it's aye perfec' eneuch to be my pattern, for it's the only ane I hae to follow!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Kirsty thought the question rude, but answered, with quiet dignity, 'No ane.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • He canna dee again for ane 'at wudna turn til 'im i' this life!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Mony ane 'at spak like that, had nae doot a guid meanin' in't; but, hech man!

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • It was taken for him, as was every breath I drew, for I loved him wi' every ane.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • I have sent over a paket to be dispersed, and some ane other way.

  • It was on ane o' thae nights 'at a mason fell off the rafters an' broke his leg.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • If it was the ane ye mean, it a' gaed to bits, an' I think they burned it.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • I wouldna wonder but what it was some laddies 'at set them at ane another.'

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for ane


determiner, pronoun, noun
a Scottish word for one


indicating an alkane hydrocarbon: hexane
Word Origin
coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one
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Word Origin and History for ane


word-forming element in chemical use, indicating a chain of carbon atoms with no double bonds, proposed 1866 by German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892) to go with -ene, -ine (2), -one.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ane in Medicine

-ane suff.
A saturated hydrocarbon: hexane.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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ane in Science
A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons, such as ethane. The suffix is shortened to -an- before other suffixes to indicate compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, as in ethanol.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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