sole

1 [sohl]
adjective
1.
being the only one; only: the sole living relative.
2.
being the only one of the kind; unique; unsurpassed; matchless: the sole brilliance of the gem.
3.
belonging or pertaining to one individual or group to the exclusion of all others; exclusive: the sole right to the estate.
4.
functioning automatically or with independent power: the sole authority.
5.
Chiefly Law. unmarried.
6.
without company or companions; lonely: the sole splendor of her life.
7.
Archaic. alone.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin sōlus alone; replacing Middle English soule alone < Old French sol < Latin sōlus

soleness, noun


1. solitary. 2. individual.
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sole

2 [sohl]
noun
1.
the bottom or under surface of the foot.
2.
the corresponding under part of a shoe, boot, or the like, or this part exclusive of the heel.
3.
the bottom, under surface, or lower part of anything.
4.
Carpentry.
a.
the underside of a plane.
5.
Golf. the part of the head of the club that touches the ground.
verb (used with object), soled, soling.
6.
to furnish with a sole, as a shoe.
7.
Golf. to place the sole of (a club) on the ground, as in preparation for a stroke.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin solea sandal, sole, derivative of solum base, bottom

soleless, adjective

sole

3 [sohl]
noun, plural (especially collectively) sole (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) soles.
1.
a European flatfish, Solea solea, used for food.
2.
any other flatfish of the families Soleidae and Cynoglossidae, having a hooklike snout.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *sola (for Latin solea; see sole2), so called from its flat shape; compare Spanish suela, Italian soglia, Portuguese solha

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sole1 (səʊl)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) being the only one; only
2.  (prenominal) of or relating to one individual or group and no other: sole rights on a patent
3.  law See also feme sole having no wife or husband
4.  an archaic word for solitary
 
[C14: from Old French soule, from Latin sōlus alone]
 
'soleness1
 
n

sole2 (səʊl)
 
n
1.  the underside of the footRelated: plantar, volar
2.  the underside of a shoe
3.  a.  the bottom of a furrow
 b.  the bottom of a plough
4.  the underside of a golf-club head
5.  the bottom of an oven, furnace, etc
 
vb
6.  to provide (a shoe) with a sole
7.  golf to rest (the club) on the ground, as when preparing to make a stroke
 
Related: plantar, volar
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin solea sandal; probably related to solum the ground]
 
'soleless2
 
adj

sole3 (səʊl)
 
n , pl sole, soles
1.  any tongue-shaped flatfish of the family Soleidae, esp Solea solea (European sole): most common in warm seas and highly valued as food fishes
2.  any of certain other similar fishes
 
[C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin sola (unattested), from Latin solea a sandal (from the fish's shape)]

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Word Origin & History

sole
"bottom of the foot," early 14c., from O.Fr. sole, from L. solea "sandal, bottom of a shoe," from solum "bottom, ground, soil," of unknown origin. The verb meaning "to provide with a sole" is recorded from 1560s.

sole
"single," late 14c., from O.Fr. soul (fem. soule), from L. solus "alone," of unknown origin, perhaps related to se "oneself," from PIE reflexive base *swo- (see so). Adv. solely is attested from 1495.

sole
"flatfish," 1252, from O.Fr. sole, from L. solea "a kind of flatfish," originally "sandal" (see sole (n.1)), so called from resemblance of the fish to a sandal.
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sole (sōl)
n.
The underside of the foot.

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