- moving, or allowing movement in one direction only: a one-way street.
- valid for travel in one direction only: a one-way ticket.Compare round trip.
- without a reciprocal feeling, responsibility, relationship, etc.: It's a one-way friendship.
- not intended for return to a seller, dealer, etc., for reuse; disposable: one-way bottles.
Origin of one-way
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for one-way
Lawmaking by legislatures is also a one-way ratchet—Legislators get credit for passing laws, not pruning them.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
So I went straight to the airport, bought a one-way ticket, and flew out.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
And yet he is too smart to despair that this is a one-way street.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius
June 4, 2014
When he went to my dad with the news, the joy was a one-way street.Binge Watching is Lame and Lonely
Roland S. Martin
February 19, 2014
Just give patients a sack lunch and a one-way bus ticket out of town.Nevada Sued for ‘Greyhound Therapy’ for Mentally Ill Patients
John L. Smith
September 23, 2013
And “the one-way trail” is the trail over which there is no returning.The Night Riders
Unfortunately, at that distance, the connection was one-way.Earthmen Bearing Gifts
The one-way trip is an easy day's journey from Glacier Point.Guide to Yosemite
A one-way rocket to the moon and he tells me the toughest part's over.First on the Moon
Nearly 90% of its weight was fuel, for the one-way trip to Mars.Atom Drive
Charles Louis Fontenay
- moving or allowing travel in one direction onlyone-way traffic
- entailing no reciprocal obligation, action, etca one-way agreement
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Word Origin and History for one-way
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