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On-ane, One-ane, Onan, adv. [North. and north midl. ME. on an, onane (Cursor M.), early ME. anan, onnan (Orm), OE. on án into one, on áne in one. Cf. Anone, Onone.]Written as one or two words.Unlike Anone, appar. only in early verse (Barbour to Douglas), and chiefly or only in rhyme.

1. Forthwith, straightway. Also sone on-ane, id.(1) 1375 Barb. iv. 86.
Thai assemblit ane ost on-ane [: tane]
a1400 Leg. S. iv. 177.
Sanct James … sa parfyte mad hym one ane That [etc.]
Ib. xxxiii. 252. Ib. xxxix. 324.
God of Sancte Damyane … helpe one ane!
?1438 Alex. ii. 6464. c1420 Wynt. iv. 1399.
In Affryk tyll arywe onane [: tane]
a1500 Seven S. 2483.
Than to the schip thai passit on ane [: ilkane]
1513 Doug. vi. ii. 39.
Fuirth of hir secret closet thus onane, Sik sawis warpis this Sibilla Cwmane
Ib. vii. vi. 1. Ib. v. iii. 25.
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii.668.
Adryane Til hir aperit sone one ane
?1438 Alex. ii. 9791. a1500 Seven S. 1145.
With that the bell rang sone on ane [: tane]

2. Continuously. = in ane, Ane num. 6 c. Also ever on ane, id. a1500 Seven S. 1957.
With me sall he sit on ane [: gane] Quhill [etc.]
1513 Doug. iv. ix. 80.
Evir the watir strynklis scho onan [: Dyan]
Ib. x. 17.
The hevy thochtis multipleis euer on ane [: agane]

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