Definitions for onɒn, ɔn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

onɒn, ɔn(prep.)

  1. so as to be or remain supported by or suspended from:

    Put the package on the table. Hang your coat on the hook.

  2. so as to be attached to or unified with:

    a label on a jar.

  3. so as to be a covering or wrapping for:

    Put the blanket on the baby.

  4. in connection, association, or cooperation with:

    to serve on a jury.

  5. so as to be a supporting part or base of:

    legs on a chair.

  6. having as a place, location, situation, etc.:

    a scar on the face; a store on 19th Street.

  7. in immediate proximity to:

    a house on the lake.

  8. in the direction of:

    to sail on a southerly course.

  9. using as a means of conveyance or of supporting or supplying movement:

    arriving on the noon plane; a car that runs on electricity.

  10. by the agency or means of:

    drunk on wine; talking on the phone.

  11. directed against or toward:

    played a joke on him.

  12. having as a subject; about:

    a book on birds.

  13. in a state, condition, or process of:

    on strike.

  14. engaged in or involved with:

    I'm on the second chapter now.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  15. subject to:

    a doctor on call.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  16. having as a source or agent:

    to depend on friends for support.

  17. having as a basis or ground:

    on my word of honor.

  18. assigned to or working at:

    Who's on the switchboard today?

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  19. at the time or occasion of:

    on Sunday; cash on delivery.

  20. within the required limits of:

    on time.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  21. having as the object or end of motion:

    to march on the capital; to creep up on someone.

  22. having as the object or end of action, thought, desire, etc.:

    to gaze on a scene.

  23. having as the subject or reference; with respect to:

    views on public matters.

  24. paid for by, esp. as a treat or gift:

    Dinner is on me.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  25. taking or using as a prescribed measure, cure, etc.:

    on a low-salt diet.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  26. regularly taking or addicted to:

    on drugs.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  27. with; carried by:

    I have no money on me.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  28. so as to disturb or affect adversely:

    My hair dryer broke on me.

  29. having as a risk or liability:

    on pain of death.

  30. in addition to:

    millions on millions of stars.

  31. (adv.)in, into, or onto a position of being supported or attached:

    Sew the buttons on.

  32. in, into, or onto a position of covering or wrapping:

    Put your raincoat on.

  33. fast to a thing, as for support:

    Hold on!

  34. toward a place, point, activity, or object:

    to look on while others work.

  35. forward, onward, or along, as in any course or process:

    further on.

  36. with continuous activity:

    to work on.

  37. into or in active operation or performance:

    Turn the gas on.

  38. (adj.)operating or in use:

    Is the radio on?

  39. taking place; occurring:

    Don't you know there's a war on?

  40. performing or broadcasting:

    The radio announcer told us we were on.

  41. behaving in a very animated or theatrical manner. functioning or performing at one's best.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  42. scheduled or planned:

    Anything on tonight?

Idioms for on:

  1. on and off,

    Category: Idiom

    Ref: off (def. 46). 1 22 1

  2. on and on,at great length, so as to become tiresome.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of on:

bef. 900; ME on, an, OE: on, in, to, c. OFris, OS an(a), OHG an(a), ON ā-, Go ana; akin to Gk aná up, upon (see ana- )


  1. Old Norse.

    Category: Peoples

  2. Ontario, Canada.



  1. a suffix used in the names of subatomic particles (gluon; neutron), quanta (graviton), and other minimal entities or components (codon; magneton; photon).

    Category: Physics, Affix

Origin of -on:

prob. extracted from ion ; cf. proton


  1. a suffix used in the names of inert gaseous elements:


    Category: Chemistry, Affix

Origin of -on:

蠐 Gk -on, neut. of -os adj. ending

Princeton's WordNet

  1. on(adj)

    in operation or operational

    "left the oven on"; "the switch is in the on position"

  2. on(adverb)

    (of events) planned or scheduled

    "the picnic is on, rain or shine"; "we have nothing on for Friday night"

  3. along, on(adverb)

    with a forward motion

    "we drove along admiring the view"; "the horse trotted along at a steady pace"; "the circus traveled on to the next city"; "move along"; "march on"

  4. on(adverb)

    indicates continuity or persistence or concentration

    "his spirit lives on"; "shall I read on?"

  5. on(adverb)

    in a state required for something to function or be effective

    "turn the lights on"; "get a load on"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. on(preposition)ɒn, ɔn

    touching the surface of sth

    a vase on the table; pictures on the wall; He put his hand on her shoulder.; Here, sit on this chair.

  2. onɒn, ɔn

    in a large vehicle used by the public

    passengers on a train/bus/airplane

  3. onɒn, ɔn

    relating to a particular subject

    a report on the growing problem of drug abuse

  4. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates who or what is affected

    the effect of his actions on his family; a ban on guns; a raid on several drug dealers

  5. onɒn, ɔn

    used with the day or date of sth

    We're going on Saturday.; They left on January 19th.

  6. onɒn, ɔn

    along or in a place

    It's a small town on the Mexican border.; We own a house on the beach.; Our office is on South Street.

  7. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates how sth is broadcast, recorded, etc.

    on the radio; a show on TV; I have that song on CD.

  8. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates where sth is written

    It's on page 35.; Is this one on the list?

  9. onɒn, ɔn

    hitting against

    I bumped my head on the door.

  10. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates how money or time is spent

    I would never spend $1000 on a handbag.

  11. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates the device used

    I was able to edit the pictures on my computer.

  12. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates sth or sb uses a type of food, fuel, etc.

    In the jungle, he survived on fruit.

  13. onɒn, ɔn

    immediately following

    We will contact you on your return.

  14. onɒn, ɔn

    when arriving/leaving

    The two men were arrested on arrival.

  15. on(adverb)ɒn, ɔn

    indicates sth continues

    The party went on until 2 a.m.; His memory lives on in our hearts.

  16. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates sth is being worn

    I can't see if I don't have my glasses on.; Put a sweater on.

  17. onɒn, ɔn

    (of a machine) operating, not turned off

    Don't leave the computer on.

  18. onɒn, ɔn

    into a large vehicle used by the public

    The bus came, and we got on.

  19. onɒn, ɔn


    Are there any good movies on at the moment?; Is the meeting still on?

  20. onɒn, ɔn

    continuing forward

    She sent the money on to her parents.

  21. onɒn, ɔn

    indicates sth continues for too long

    His speech went on and on.


  1. On

    On is the title of a 1993 EP by the British electronic music artist Richard D. James, more commonly known by his recording alias of Aphex Twin. It was released on 15 November 1993 by Warp Records. On Remixes, featuring remixes by James, Reload and µ-Ziq, was also released on the same day. Released after his album Selected Ambient Works 85–92, and just before his follow-up, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, On is often described as ambient techno despite the presence of harsh, abrasive beats on the title track. The title "On" is only mentioned once in the track list of the On EP.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'on' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #16

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'on' in Written Corpus Frequency: #29

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'on' in Adverbs Frequency: #15

Anagrams of on

  1. N.O., No, no, no.

Translations for on

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in progress

The game was on.

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