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[wuhn-ak-ter] /ˈwʌnˈæk tər/
noun, Informal.
a short play consisting of one act.
Also, one-act [wuhn-akt] /ˈwʌnˌækt/ (Show IPA).
Origin of one-acter
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The one-act play may be said to have arrived in the nine years that have elapsed since Gettysburg was published.

    One-Act Plays Various
  • Its uneasiness had nothing to do with the fate of my one-act play.

  • One of them, "Overtones," is a theatrical novelty which if prolonged beyond the one-act form would become monotonous.

  • He also put on my first play—a one-act affair, 'A Night in Havana.'

  • The one-act play does not lose by any reason of its technical requirements; indeed, this is one of its greatest assets.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • Where are its one-act plays which can be called dramatic literature?

  • Naturally, the material of the one-act play is a bit episodical.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • The reason for this choice was not entirely a devotion to the art of the one-act play.

  • Indeed, anything longer than a one-act play in vaudeville would be frowned upon.

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