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When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, onto- becomes ont-, as in ontic. When used as a suffix at the end of a word, onto- becomes -ont, as in diplont. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for ont- and -ont.
Examples of onto-
One example of a term from philosophy that features the form onto- is ontology, the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence. Ontology comes from the New Latin ontologia, which uses the equivalent form of onto- in the language.
The onto- part of the word means “being,” but what about the -logy part of the word? It may look familiar from words like biology; the form -logy is used to name areas of study or branches of science, from Greek logía. Ontology literally means “the study of being.”
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How to use onto in a sentence
For his part, Bratton is disappointed but not surprised that the same narrative is already being mapped onto Fry and Spencer.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So it might be me projecting my desires onto Archer to want to just get away from work for a few weeks.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I was sick in street gutters, onto my desk, at dinners with friends.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Gang tattoos are still inked onto his face, like scarlet letters.
Where these laser-like missiles are falling out of the sky onto a city and you have to stop each of them from hitting the targets?Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I put down my haid, and was just kinda dragged up the aisle and onto the platform.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
His untidy hair was rumpled, as if someone had been hanging onto it while in the process of giving him the shiner.Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe
Either: we cannot give you what you ask, so fall back onto the defensive; or, go ahead, we will give you the means.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
But momentum was sufficient to carry Jeff Weedham's roadster out onto the road.
Black Hood let the clutch slap in and the roadster bounded back onto the tarvia drive.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with onto
see be on to.