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lone wolf  


      n   a person who prefers to be alone  
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wolf  
      n   pl   , wolves  
1    a predatory canine mammal, Canis lupus, which hunts in packs and was formerly widespread in North America and Eurasia but is now less common  
   See also       timber wolf  
  
Related adj  
    lupine  
2    any of several similar and related canines, such as the red wolf and the coyote (prairie wolf)  
3    the fur of any such animal  
4    Tasmanian wolf      another name for the       thylacine  
5    a voracious, grabbing, or fiercely cruel person or thing  
6    Informal   a man who habitually tries to seduce women  
7    Informal   the destructive larva of any of various moths and beetles  
8      (Also called)    wolf note     (Music)  
a    an unpleasant sound produced in some notes played on the violin, cello, etc., owing to resonant vibrations of the belly  
b    an out-of-tune effect produced on keyboard instruments accommodated esp. to the system of mean-tone temperament  
   See       temperament       4  
9    cry wolf   to give a false alarm  
10    keep the wolf from the door   to ward off starvation or privation  
11    lone wolf          a person or animal who prefers to be alone  
12    throw to the wolves   to abandon or deliver to destruction  
13    wolf in sheep's clothing   a malicious person in a harmless or benevolent disguise  
      vb  
14    tr; often foll by: down   to gulp (down)  
15    intr   to hunt wolves  
     (Old English wulf; related to Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Latin lupus and vulpes fox)  
  wolfish      adj  
  wolflike      adj  

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lone  
      adj   prenominal  
1    unaccompanied; solitary  
2    single or isolated  
a lone house     
3       a literary word for       lonely  
4    unmarried or widowed  
     (C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone)  
  loneness      n  


lone hand  
      n  
1    (in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner  
2    play a lone hand   to operate without assistance  
lone pair  
      n     (Chem)   a pair of valency electrons of opposite spin that are not shared between the atoms in a molecule and are responsible for the formation of coordinate bonds  
lone wolf  
      n   a person who prefers to be alone  

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lone  

  
by oneself, deserted, isolated, lonesome, one, only, separate, separated, single, sole, solitary, unaccompanied  

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