Definition of one-way in English:

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Pronunciation: /wʌnˈweɪ/


1Moving or allowing movement in one direction only: a one-way valve a one-way street
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  • This means that coffee should be packed in an airtight foil laminated bag with a one-way air valve to allow the bag to de-gas.
  • Tension pneumothorax occurs when pleural damage results in a one-way valve phenomenon allowing air to enter, but not exit, the pleural space.
  • At the beginning of expiration, you tum the valve creating a one-way valve that only allows expiratory airflow.
1.1(Of a ticket) allowing a person to travel to a place but not back again; single.
Example sentences
  • And she said insult was added to injury when the company tried to make amends by sending her a single one-way travel voucher without a return ticket.
  • According to Adams, the 14 men traveled on Northwest Airlines flight #327 using one-way tickets.
  • Because of wrong information 49-year-old Jim had been given in the US, she didn't realise her one-way ticket would cause so much trouble.
1.2Denoting a mirror or glass that acts as a reflective surface on one side but that is transparent from the other.
Example sentences
  • Prior to testing, stimulus males were kept for some days in aquaria with a one-way mirror on one side to acclimatize them with their reflected image.
  • A number of descriptions of a transparent press had a one-way mirror feel to them: We editors will explain to you readers what we think you should know about us.
  • Much to the enjoyment of the no-longer-bored guard on the other side of the one-way mirror, Mike and Martina share a deep, passionate kiss.
1.3Denoting a relationship in which all the input comes from only one member: interaction between the organism and the environment is not a one-way process
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  • With Washington's latest move in regard to Libya, it would be understandable if many Bulgarians believed that the relationship is somewhat one-way.
  • It will reinforce the idea that this is a bit of a one-way relationship.
  • On the Web, those kinds of one-way relationships come down a notch.

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