[on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐] /ˌɒn əˌmæt əˈpi ə, ‐ˌmɑ tə‐/
the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
a word so formed.
the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.
the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect
1570s, from Late Latin onomatopoeia, from Greek onomatopoiia “the making of a name or word” (in imitation of a sound associated with the thing being named), from onomatopoios, from onoma (genitive onomatos) “word, name” (see name (n.)) + a derivative of poiein “compose, make” (see poet). Related: Onomatopoeic; onomatopoeial.
[on-uh n-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey-] /ˌɒn ənˈdɔ gə, -ˈdɑ-, -ˈdeɪ-/ noun, plural Onondagas (especially collectively) Onondaga for 1. 1. a member of a tribe of Iroquoian Indians formerly inhabiting the region of Onondaga Lake. 2. the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by these Indians. 3. Lake, a salt lake in central New York. 5 miles […]
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[on-ramp, awn-] /ˈɒnˌræmp, ˈɔn-/ noun 1. an entrance lane for traffic from a street to a turnpike or freeway. noun 1. a ramp that provides access to the specified part of a road system: an interstate highway on-ramp 2. a method of accessing a service or facility: an important on-ramp to the on-line world noun […]