by itself

by itself

Alone; with nothing else added. One nail by itself won't hold up that picture frame—put another nail in on this side. I think this dish is fine by itself—it doesn't need a sauce.
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by itself

with the help of nothing else; without the addition of anything else. Will this food be enough by itself for all of us? Can the dog get out of the house by itself?
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References in classic literature ?
The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.
Thus, in respect of the manner in which the thing takes place, it is the peculiar mark of substance that it should be capable of admitting contrary qualities; for it is by itself changing that it does so.
Sophia now returned to her chamber, the two young gentlemen were sent home, and the rest of the company returned to their bottle; where a conversation ensued on the subject of the bird, so curious, that we think it deserves a chapter by itself.
Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehended; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.
Also, the ceiling lift by itself replaces the traditional array of hydraulic floor lift, toilet commode, raised toilet seat, Versa frame, bath transfer bench and bath lift.
Because so many non-genetic variables are involved in the diseases that cause the vast majority of human deaths, and because the body in many instances can compensate for specific genetic defects, genetic testing by itself rarely gives accurate predictions of who will get sick from what--a reality unchanged by knowing the complete sequence of the human genome.
Yet while devotees of Krsna ("the highest pleasure") often study this work by itself as one of their great scriptures, it is also part of a larger story, the historical epic the Mahabharata.
One would think that by itself it would force the Church to action, but recent history tells us that likely nothing would happen unless the results of homosexuality in the clergy were blazoned on our secular newspapers time after time.
In the case of Poussin, the system of painting devised in the Italian Renaissance is now seen as something that "walks by itself," an ensemble of rules and protocols that are utterly impersonal - a system that no longer has anything to do with the painter's actual or living perception of the world.
Like Night, By itself, the piece has an extemporaneous air, but is more prose-like.
In Night, By Itself, Miller goes to the opposite extreme.
have discovered that a sharp temperature gradient, ranging from 700 [degrees] C, to 1,000 [degrees] C, by itself can produce a characteristic damage pattern in the core of a heated optical fiber -- even when no laser light passes through the fiber.
There is no doubt in his mind that his material actually proved hint a patriot and the king's loyal servant, as far as it makes sense to envision such a material in and by itself, which is not much.
They show that self-defeat has been the basic theme of the new German figuration, which is why, I think, that work has been so celebrated abroad: it reassures us that, despite its renewed political weight, Germany, once such a threat to the world, has indeed been defeated - and by itself, no less.
Perhaps the hardest thing for people to grasp is that the economy has the properties of a living organism - it runs by itself.