What does onto mean?

Definitions for ontoˈɒn tu, ˈɔn-; unstressed ˈɒn tə, ˈɔn-

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


  1. onto(Adjective)

    Assuming each of the values in its codomain; having its range equal to its codomain.

    Considered as a function on the real numbers, the exponential function is not onto.

  2. onto(Preposition)

    Upon; on top of.

    My cat just jumped onto the keyboard.

  3. onto(Preposition)

    Aware of.

    The thought-police were onto my plans of World domination.

  4. onto(Preposition)

    Being an onto function with a codomain of (see below).

    The exponential function maps the set of real numbers onto the set of positive real numbers.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'onto' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1896

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'onto' in Written Corpus Frequency: #850

Anagrams for onto »

  1. noot, toon, Toon


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of onto in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of onto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Kline:

    Move onto offense next year.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The weak hold onto grudges; the great hold onto love.

  3. Greta Rybus:

    I felt like I had stumbled onto a breaking news scene.

  4. Zimako Jones:

    Personally I am not trying to make it over onto the other side.

  5. Anthony Davis:

    The Uighur cause is something they've latched onto in a big way.

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