Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. On top of; to a position on; upon: The dog jumped onto the chair. See Usage Note at on.
  • prep. Informal Fully aware of; informed about: The police are onto the robbers' plans.
  • adj. Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a mapping such that every element of the target set referred to is the image of an element in the domain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Upon; on top of.
  • prep. Aware of.
  • prep. Being an onto function with a codomain of (see below).
  • adj. Assuming each of the values in its codomain; having its range equal to its codomain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. upon; on; to; -- sometimes written as one word, onto, and usually called a colloquialism; but it may be regarded in analogy with into.
  • prep. On the top of; upon; on. See On to, under on, prep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of unto.
  • Toward and upon: as, the door opens directly onto the street.
  • To and in connection with.
  • To the top of; upon; on.

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Examples

  • Jam threw out the rotten apple, wiped that tray clean, and taped a label onto it.

    The Three Furies

  • I pretty much vomit sorry for the term onto the keyboard and type like crazy, not overthinking, just being totally honest about whats going on in here.

    Enough Already

  • “Do you remember taping the label onto the top of the box?”

    Carolina Mist

  • Perhaps Proctor & Gamble should throw their name onto the proceedings because of how deep we've entered soap opera territory.

    Will Durst: The GOP Soap Opera

  • Several times he wrote his name onto the list for sick call, and waited to be escorted to the infirmary.

    SUPERBUG

  • It illuminated a patch of plaster on the ceiling where a servant had written his name onto the whitewash with candle smoke beside the initials of his beloved.

    The Scandal of the Season

  • When I typed my name onto the Internet, I found three groups that were discussing my death.

    Wild Orchids

  • Now hold your pencils high in the air and stab the title onto your paper!

    Y.P.R.: Extreme Creative Writing

  • The counselor seemed satisified with that, and she followed him without another word onto the bridge.

    Sins Of Commission

  • Tubb pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an elk, waste of wildlife and transferring his tag onto an animal he did not shoot.

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