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Definitions of on

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (of events) planned or scheduled; "the picnic is on, rain or shine"; "we have nothing on for Friday night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. indicates continuity or persistence or concentration; "his spirit lives on"; "shall I read on?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. in a state required for something to function or be effective; "turn the lights on"; "get a load on" is slang for"drink enough to become intoxicated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. in operation or operational; "left the oven on"; "the switch is in the on position" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. performing or scheduled for duties; "I'm on from five to midnight"; "Naval personnel on duty in Alaska"; "her on-duty hours were 11p.m. to 7 a.m." Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. The general signification of on is situation, motion, or condition with respect to contact or support beneath Webster Dictionary DB
  8. At, or in contact with, the surface or upper part of a thing, and supported by it; placed or lying in contact with the surface; as, the book lies on the table, which stands on the floor of a house on an island. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with; as, to play on a violin or piano. Hence, figuratively, to work on one's feelings; to make an impression on the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain from labor. See At (synonym). Webster Dictionary DB
  12. At the time of, conveying some notion of cause or motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in full dress or uniform. Hence, in consequence of, or following; as, on the ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. At the peril of, or for the safety of. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect punctuality; a satire on society. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. In the service of; connected with; of the number of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Forward, in succession; as, from father to son, from the son to the grandson, and so on. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. In continuance; without interruption or ceasing; as, sleep on, take your ease; say on; sing on. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Attached to the body, as clothing or ornament, or for use. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. In progress; proceeding; as, a game is on. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To or against the surface of; - used to indicate the motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of another; as, rain falls on the earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. At or near; adjacent to; - indicating situation, place, or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the fleet is on the American coast. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. In addition to; besides; - indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Toward; for; - indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. By virtue of; with the pledge of; - denoting a pledge or engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To the account of; - denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all the blame; a curse on him. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Forward, in progression; onward; - usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, He is neither on nor off, that is, he is not steady, he is irresolute. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Upon; as, to sit on a chair; in contact with the upper surface; as, we live on the earth; along or by; as, Paris is on the Seine; in the act or state of; as, on a journey; toward; as, he looked on her as his guide; in connection with; as, to go on business; showing the relation of following after; as, they are on his trail; in the direction of; as, the door opens on a lawn; about; as, an address on war; indicating time; as, on July first; resting against; as, a picture on the wall; supported by; as, on my honor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. Forward; onward; along; as, to go on; so as to cover or be supported by; as, put on your coat; jump on before the train starts; in or into action or use; as, to turn on the gas; in progress; as, the fight is on. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. In contact with the upper part of: to and towards 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. Above, or next beyond: forward, in succession: in continuance: not off. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. Go on! proceed!. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. Forward; not off. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. In contact with the upper part of; at; during; to; with; for; upon; by; after. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. An incalculable period of time; an age; eternity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. So as to cover, overspread, of adhere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. Forward; ahead. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. In of into contact with the top of; by means of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. Close behind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. Directed toward. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. In the act of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Comprised in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. In reference to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. In a state of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. Forward; onward; not off. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. Being in contact with the upper part of a thing; upon; at; or near. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. Of. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. Above, and in contact with the upper surface of a thing; not off; upon; at or near; denoting dependence or reliance; denoting nearness or closeness; denoting addition or accumulation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. Forward in progression; in continuance; without ceasing; opposed to off; on a sudden, suddenly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. A word of excitement or encouragement to attack or advance; a contraction for go on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. One; they. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. pain; force; iniquity biblestudytools.com
  54. the son of Peleth and one of the chiefs of the tribe of Reuben, who took part with Korah, Dathan and Abiram in their revolt against Moses. ( Numbers 16:1 ) (B.C. 1491.) His name does not again appear in the narrative of the conspiracy, nor is he alluded to when reference is made to the final catastrophe. biblestudytools.com
  55. To or against the surface of; -- used to indicate the motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of another; as, rain falls on the earth. mso.anu.edu.au
  56. At or near; adjacent to; -- indicating situation, place, or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the fleet is on the American coast. mso.anu.edu.au
  57. In addition to; besides; -- indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. mso.anu.edu.au
  58. Toward; for; -- indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him. mso.anu.edu.au
  59. By virtue of; with the pledge of; -- denoting a pledge or engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor. mso.anu.edu.au
  60. To the account of; -- denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all the blame; a curse on him. mso.anu.edu.au
  61. Forward, in progression; onward; -- usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on. mso.anu.edu.au
  62. (abode or city of the sun ), a town of lower Egypt, called BETH-SHEMESH in ( Jeremiah 43:13 ) On is better known under its Greek name Heliopolis. It was situated on the east side of the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, just below the point of the Delta, and about twenty miles northeast of Memphis. The chief object of worship at Heliopolis was the sun, whose temple, described by Strabo, is now only represented by the single beautiful obelisk, of red granite so feet 2 inches high above the pedestal which has stood for more than 4000 years, having been erected by Usirtesen, the second king of the twelfth dynasty. Heliopolis was anciently famous for its learning, and Eudoxus and Plato studied under its priests. The first mention of this place in the Bible is in the history of Joseph, to whom we read Pharaoh gave "to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On." ( Genesis 41:45 ) comp. ver, Genesis41:60 and Genesis46:20 (On is to be remembered not only as the home of Joseph, but as the traditional place to which his far-off namesake took Mary and the babe Jesus in the flight to Egypt. The two famous obelisks, long called "Cleopatras Needles," one of which now stands in London and the other in Central Park in New York city, once stood before this city, and were seen by the children of Israel before the exodus, having been quarried at Syene on the Nile, erected at On (Heliopolis) by Thothmes III., B.C. 1500, and inscriptions added by Rameses II. (Sesostris) two hundred years later. They were taken to Alexandria by Augustus Caesar A.D. 23, from which they were removed to their present places. --ED.) biblestudytools.com
  63. light; the sun, ( Genesis 41:45 Genesis 41:50 ), the great seat of sun-worship, called also Bethshemesh ( Jeremiah 43:13 ) and Aven ( Ezekiel 30:17 ), stood on the east bank of the Nile, a few miles north of Memphis, and near Cairo, in the north-east. The Vulgate and the LXX. Versions have "Heliopolis" ("city of the sun") instead of On in Genesis and of Aven in Ezekiel. The "city of destruction" Isaiah speaks of ( 19:18 , marg. "of Heres;" Heb. 'Ir-ha-heres, which some MSS. read Ir-ha-heres, i.e., "city of the sun") may be the name given to On, the prophecy being that the time will come when that city which was known as the "city of the sun-god" shall become the "city of destruction" of the sun-god, i.e., when idolatry shall cease, and the worship of the true God be established. In ancient times this city was full of obelisks dedicated to the sun. Of these only one now remains standing. "Cleopatra's Needle" was one of those which stood in this city in front of the Temple of Tum, i.e., "the sun." It is now erected on the Thames Embankment, London. "It was at On that Joseph wooed and won the dark-skinned Asenath, the daughter of the high priest of its great temple." This was a noted university town, and here Moses gained his acquaintance with "all the wisdom of the Egyptians." biblestudytools.com
  64. To or against the surface of; used to indicate the motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of another; as, rain falls on the earth. dictgcide_fs
  65. At or near; adjacent to; indicating situation, place, or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the fleet is on the American coast. dictgcide_fs
  66. In addition to; besides; indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. dictgcide_fs
  67. 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. dictgcide_fs
  68. 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. dictgcide_fs
  69. Toward; for; indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him. dictgcide_fs
  70. By virtue of; with the pledge of; denoting a pledge or engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor. dictgcide_fs
  71. To the account of; denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all the blame; a curse on him. dictgcide_fs
  72. 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. dictgcide_fs
  73. In the service of; connected with; a member of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee. dictgcide_fs
  74. In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it; to meditate on it. dictgcide_fs
  75. Forward, in progression; onward; usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on; the beat goes on. dictgcide_fs
  76. Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, on nor off, dictgcide_fs
  77. In progress; proceeding; ongoing; as, a game is on. dictgcide_fs
  78. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  79. on, prep. (Scot.) without. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  80. (So as to be) supported by or attached to or covering or enclosing (sat on the table; floats on the water; is on the horns of a dilemma; lives on the continent, on annuity; have you a match on you?, about your person; is, gets, falls, on his LEGS, knees, &c.; travels on foot, wheels, the wing, the wings of the wind; tread on air, one\'s foes; dropped it, threw him, on the floor; had, put, a ring, gloves, on his finger, hands; put a notice on the board; hangs on the wall; walks on the ceiling; has a blister on the sole of his foot; a scholar on the foundation; a colonel on half-pay; went on board; is on the jury, committee, general staff; a writer on the press; dog is on the chain; on the BENCH, BOARDS, CARDS, FENCE, MARKET, NAIL, PARISH, RACK, SHELF, SPOT, STREETS, STUMP, TURF, WAY; on CHANGE, HAND, one\'s HANDS, one\'s own HOOK, one\'s KNEES, TENTERHOOKS; on a LEVEL, an EQUALITY, a PAR); with axis, pivot, basis, motive, standard, confirmation, or guarantee, consisting in (turn on one\'s heel; works on a peg; based on fact; imprisonment on suspicion; on my conscience; swear on the bible; had it on good authority; decided on no evidence; did it on purpose, deliberation; got it on good terms; on account of; on the average, whole; on penalty of death; charged him on his life to do it; a tax on paper; borrowed money on his jewels; interest on one\'s capital; profit on sales); (so as to be) close to, in the direction of, touching, arrived at, against, just at, (house is on the shore, road; on the right, North, far side, both sides; of; Burton on Trent; marched on London; hit him on the head; a box on the ear; left a card on him; serve a notice, writ, on; lay hold, seize, on; bowling is on the wicket, straight; drew his knife on me; smile, frown, turn one\'s back, on; make an attack on; put one on inquiring or inquiry, induce him to inquire; curse, plague, &c., on him, it!; rose on their oppressors; on HIGH; on side in football, not OFF side; ship is driving on shore; an onshore wind); (of time) during, exactly at, contemporaneously with, immediately after, as a result of, (happened on the morning &c. of 29th Feb., on Christmas eve, on the next day; on the instant, immediately; on time, the minute, &c., punctually; on arriving, my return, analysis, examination, I found); in manner specified by adj. (on the cheap, sly, SQUARE) or state or action specified by noun (on fire, TAP, loan, lease, sale, strike, guard; on the look-out, move, run, wane, watch; on one\'s best behaviour); concerning, about, while engaged with, so as to affect, (keen, mad, bent, determined, set, on; gone on slang, enamoured of; court martial was held on him; my opinion on free trade; writes, speaks, lectures, on finance; a book, an essay, on grammar; meditating on vanity; take vengeance on person; did it on my way; was, went, on an errand; is not binding on us; work tells severely on him; title was conferred on him; draw cheque on bank; condoled with him on his loss); added to (ruin on ruin, heaps on heaps). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  81. (So as to be) supported by, attached to, covering, enclosing, or touching, something (has, drew, his boots on; put the table cloth on; keep your HAIR on; on with your coat, put it on); in some direction, towards something, further forward, towards point of contact, in advanced position or state, with continued movement or action, in operation or activity, (LOOK, LOOKER, on; getting on for two o\'clock; broadside, stem, end, on, with that part forward; ellipt. for imperat. of go or come on, as on, Stanley, on!; send on, in front of one-self; MOVE on; happened later on; from that day on; was well on in the day; is rather on slang, half-drunk; speak, work, wait, &c., on, continue to do so; so struggle on to the end, cf. on to below; slow bowler is, went, on, is, began, bowling; Macbeth is on, being performed; gas, water, is on, lit, running, or procurable by turning tap; get, be, on, make, have made, bet; drove Jones on for 4 in cricket, to the on); CARRY, CATCH, COME, GET, GO, HOLD, KEEP, PUT, TAKE, TRY, on; on& off, = OFF& on; on to, compound prep. (corresponding to on as into to in, but usu. written as two words, & avoided in writing though common in speech; to be distinguished from the use in which each word has independent force as in went on to the next), to a position on (jumped on to the landing-stage). (Adj.) towards or in part of field to left front of playing batsman\'s wicket (cf. OFF, LEG; MID-on; an on drive, whence on-drive v.t.); on licence, for selling beer &c. to be drunk on premises. (N.) the on side in cricket (a fine drive to the on). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  82. prep. [Anglo-Saxon, German] In contact with the surface or upper part of a thing, and supported by it ;- in a state of nearness or contiguity ; in contact with or lying above the surface or upper part of a thing ; in the state of resting upon or being supported by ;—acting or performing with the hand or fingers, as on an instrument, &c., hence, noting action or influence; noting addition or increase ;— noting advance or progress ;- hence, by means of ; with ;- in addition to : besides ;— at or near ;— in dependence or reliance upon ;— at or in the time of ;—toward ; for ;- at the peril of, or for the safety of ;— by virtue of ; with the pledge of ;— to the account of ;- in consequence of, or following ;- in reference or relation to. Cabinet Dictionary
  83. adv. Forward; in progression; onward ;- forward, in succession ;- in continuance ; without interruption or ceasing ;- in contact with and adhering to ; above or attached to the body. Cabinet Dictionary
  84. interj. Word of incitement or encouragement to attack. Cabinet Dictionary

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