What does on mean?

Definitions for onɒn, ɔn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word on.

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"


  1. On(prep.)

    In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it; to meditate on it.

  2. On(prep.)

    Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in; as, to depend on a person for assistance; to rely on; hence, indicating the ground or support of anything; as, he will promise on certain conditions; to bet on a horse; based on certain assumptions.

  3. On(prep.)

    At the time of; -- often conveying some notion of cause or motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in full dress or uniform; the shop is closed on Sundays. Hence, in consequence of, or following; as, on the ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded; start on the count of three.

  4. On(prep.)

    Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey; on the job; on an assignment; on a case; on the alert.

  5. Origin: [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. , Sw. , Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an-, in anhelare to pant, Gr. 'ana`, Zend ana. 195. Cf. A-, 1, Ana-, Anon.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. On

    on, prep., in contact with the upper part of: to and toward the surface of: upon or acting by contact with: not off: at or near: at or during: in addition to: toward, for: at the peril of: in consequence: immediately after: (B.) off.—adv. above, or next beyond: forward, in succession: in continuance: not off.—interj. go on! proceed!—adj. denoting the part of the field to the left of a right-handed batter, and to the right of the bowler—opp. to Off. [A.S. on; Dut. aan, Ice. á, Ger. an.]

  2. On

    on, prep. (Scot.) without.

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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 for on »

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of on in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of on in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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