Race vs One - What's the difference?

race | one |

As verbs the difference between race and one

is that race is while one is (obsolete|transitive) to cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.

As adjectives the difference between race and one

is that race is distinguished; classy while one is of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.

As a numeral one is

(cardinal) a numerical value equal to ; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set ordinal: first.

As a pronoun one is

(lb) one thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.

As a noun one is

(mathematics) the neutral element with respect to multiplication in a.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) and (etyl) (m).


  • A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race , and the first one to reach the finishing post wins
  • The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others.
    We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race .
  • A progressive movement toward a goal.
  • A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
  • Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
  • Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
  • * Milton
  • My race' of glory run, and ' race of shame.
  • Travels, runs, or journeys. (rfex)
  • The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
  • Derived terms
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


  • To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  • To compete against in such a race.
  • To move or drive at high speed.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Chico Harlan
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Japan pockets the subsidy … , passage=Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."}}
  • Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
  • * 1891 (December) (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Man with the Twisted Lip :
  • "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), of uncertain origin. According to philologist Gianfranco Contini,Devoto, Giacomo, Avviamento all'etimologia italiana , Mondadori. the Italian word comes from (etyl) (m) . Some authorities suggest derivation from (etyl) (m), (m), from earlier (m), . This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian (m) predates the Spanish word.Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." Another possible source is (etyl) . A fourth possibility is that the Italian razza'' derives from (etyl) ratio through an unattested intermediate form *''razzo .


    (wikipedia race)
  • A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
  • #* 1913', Martin Van Buren Knox, ''The religious life of the Anglo-Saxon '''race
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
  • Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  • # (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on .
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race'. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by ' race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race .
  • # A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage .
  • A treaty was concluded between the race''' of elves and the '''race of men.
  • #* 1898 , Herman Isidore Stern, The gods of our fathers: a study of Saxon mythology , page 15)
  • There are two distinct races of gods known to Norse mythology[.]
  • (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; (an informal term for) a subspecies.
  • A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For do but note a wild and wanton herd, / Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, / Fetching mad bounds.
  • (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
  • The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
  • Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a race of heaven
  • * Massinger
  • Is it [the wine] of the right race ?
  • Characteristic quality or disposition.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And now I give my sensual race the rein.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Some great race of fancy or judgment.
    * * *
    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the noun "race") * * * * * *

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
  • * 1842 , Gibbons Merle, The Domestic Dictionary and Housekeeper's Manual , page 433:
  • On the third day after this second boiling, pour all the syrup into a pan, put the races of ginger with it, and boil it up until the syrup adheres to the spoon.




    * (l), (l) * (l)


    * '' Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." * Notes: English terms with multiple etymologies ----



    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l) (both obsolete) * Arabic numeral: (see for numerical forms in other scripts) * Roman numeral: I


  • (cardinal) A numerical value equal to ; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set. Ordinal: first.
  • There is only one Earth.
    In many cultures, a baby turns one year old a year after its birth.
    One''' person, '''one vote.
  • *
  • Venters began to count them—one —two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
  • The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first'' or ''number one .
  • Synonyms


    See also



    (English Pronouns (possessive'' ''', ''plural'' ' ones )
  • (lb) One thing (among a group of others); one member of a group.
  • :
  • The first mentioned of two things or people, as opposed to the other.
  • :
  • *1699 , , Heads designed for an essay on conversations
  • *:Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  • (lb) Any person (applying to people in general).
  • :
  • *
  • *:It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one' has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so ' one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’}}
  • *
  • *:With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one' only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow ' one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-09-06, author=(Philip Hoare)
  • , volume=189, issue=13, page=48, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= If we're all Martians, who are the aliens? , passage=One has to admire the sheer optimism of modern science: I love the fact that there is such a discipline as astrobiology, whose practitioners' task is to imagine what life might be like on other planets. Yet here on the home planet we have profoundly strange aliens of our own.}}
  • (lb) Any person, entity or thing.
  • :
  • Synonyms

    * (unidentified person) you, they in nominative personal case.

    Derived terms

    * oneness * oneself


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a .
  • The digit or figure 1.
  • (US) A one-dollar bill.
  • (cricket) One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single.
  • A joke or amusing anecdote.
  • * Did you hear the one about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac?
  • (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing.
  • * I knew as soon I met him that John was the one for me and we were married within a month.
  • * That car's the one — I'll buy it.
  • * 1995 , (Bryan Adams),
  • When you love a woman then tell her
    that she's really wanted
    When you love a woman then tell her that she's the one
    'cause she needs somebody to tell her
    that it's gonna last forever
  • (Internet slang, leet, sarcastic) Used instead of to amplify an exclamation, imitating unskilled users who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points.
  • A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?!
    B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!one'''!!'''one !!eleven!!1!
  • * 2003' September 26, "DEAL WITH IT!!!!11'''one !!", in alt.games.video.nintendo.gamecube, ''Usenet
  • * 2004' November 9, "AWK sound recorder!!!11!!11'''one ", in comp.lang.awk, ''Usenet
  • * 2007' December 1, "STANFORD!!1!!1!'''one'''!11!!1'''oneone !1!1!", in rec.sport.football.college, ''Usenet
  • Synonyms

    * unity * single * , eleven


  • Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.}}
  • Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any.
  • Sole, only.
  • Whole, entire.
  • In agreement.
  • The same.
  • Being a preeminent example.
  • Being an unknown person with the specified name.
  • Derived terms

    * all one * one and only * one-on-one * one or two * one-two * one-up * the one


  • (obsolete) To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.
  • * Chaucer
  • The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world.