(On"ly), conj. Save or except (that); an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and
properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated
that he belonged to the city.Sir W. Scott.
(On`o*ce"rin) n. [NL. Ononis, the generic name of the plant + L. cera wax.] (Chem.) A
white crystalline waxy substance extracted from the root of the leguminous plant Ononis spinosa.
(O*nol"o*gy) n. [Gr. an ass + -logy.] Foolish discourse. [R.]
(On"o*man`cy) n. [Gr. name + -mancy. Cf. Nomancy.] Divination by the letters of a name; nomancy.
(On`o*man"tic On`o*man"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to onomancy. [R.]
(On`o*mas"tic) a. [Gr. from to name, name.] (Law) Applied to a signature when the body
of the instrument is in another's handwriting. Burrill.
(On`o*mas"ti*con) n. [NL., fr. Gr. fr. . See Onomastic.] A collection of names and
terms; a dictionary; specif., a collection of Greek names, with explanatory notes, made by Julius Pollux
(On"o*ma*tech`ny) n. [Gr. + art.] Prognostication by the letters of a name.
(On`o*ma*tol"o*gist) n. One versed in the history of names. Southey.
(On`o*ma*tol"o*gy) n. [Gr. + -logy.] The science of names or of their classification.
(O*nom"a*tope) n. [See Onomatopia.] An imitative word; an onomatopoetic word.
(On`o*mat`o*p"ia) n. [L., fr. Gr. a name + to make.] (Philol.) The formation of words in
imitation of sounds; a figure of speech in which the sound of a word is imitative of the sound of the thing
which the word represents; as, the buzz of bees; the hiss of a goose; the crackle of fire.
It has been maintained by some philologist that all primary words, especially names, were formed by
imitation of natural sounds.
(On`o*mat`o*p"ic) a. Onomatopoetic. Whitney.
(On`o*mat`o*po*et"ic) a. Of or pertaining to onomatopia; characterized by onomatopia; imitative; as,
an onomatopoetic writer or word. Earle.
(On`o*mat"o*py) n. Onomatopia.
(O*nom"o*man`cy) n. See Onomancy.
(On`on*da"gas) n. pl.; sing. Onondaga (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians formerly inhabiting
what is now a part of the State of New York. They were the central or head tribe of the Five Nations.
(On"rush`) n. A rushing onward.
(On"set`) n. [On + set.]