on the way


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

On \On\ ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D.
   aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana,
   Russ. na, L. an-, in anhelare to pant, Gr. 'ana`, Zend ana.
   [root]195. Cf. A-, 1, Ana-, Anon.]
   The general signification of on is situation, motion, or
   condition with respect to contact or support beneath; as: 
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   1. 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.
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            I stood on the bridge at midnight.    --Longfellow.
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   2. 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.
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            Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken.
                                                  --Matt. xxi.
                                                  44.
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   3. 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.
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   4. 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.
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   5. In addition to; besides; -- indicating multiplication or
      succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on
      mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. --Shak.
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   6. 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.
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   7. At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain
      from labor. See At (synonym).
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   8. 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.
      Hence, in consequence of, or following; as, on the
      ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded;
      start on the count of three.
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   9. Toward; for; -- indicating the object of some passion; as,
      have pity or compassion on him.
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   10. At the peril of, or for the safety of. "Hence, on thy
       life." --Dryden.
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   11. 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.
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   12. 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.
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             His blood be on us and on our children. --Matt.
                                                  xxvii. 25.
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   13. In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect
       punctuality; a satire on society.
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   14. Of. [Obs.] "Be not jealous on me." --Shak.
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             Or have we eaten on the insane root
             That takes the reason prisoner?      --Shak.
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   Note: Instances of this usage are common in our older
         writers, and are sometimes now heard in illiterate
         speech.
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   15. 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.
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   16. In the service of; connected with; a member of; as, he is
       on a newspaper; on a committee.
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   Note: On and upon are in general interchangeable. In some
         applications upon is more euphonious, and is therefore
         to be preferred; but in most cases on is preferable.
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   17. In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it;
       to meditate on it.
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   On a bowline. (Naut.) Same as Closehauled.

   On a wind, or On the wind (Naut.), sailing closehauled.
      

   On a sudden. See under Sudden.

   On board, On draught, On fire, etc. See under Board,
      Draught, Fire, etc.

   On it, On't, of it. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Shak.

   On shore, on land; to the shore.

   On the road, On the way, On the wing, etc. See under
      Road, Way, etc.

   On to, upon; on; to; -- sometimes written as one word,
      onto, and usually called a colloquialism; but it may be
      regarded in analogy with into.
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            They have added the -en plural form on to an elder
            plural.                               --Earle.
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            We see the strength of the new movement in the new
            class of ecclesiastics whom it forced on to the
            stage.                                --J. R. Green.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Way \Way\, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., &
   G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[aum]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L.
   via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah.
   [root]136. Cf. Convex, Inveigh, Vehicle, Vex, Via,
   Voyage, Wag, Wagon, Wee, Weigh.]
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   1. That by, upon, or along, which one passes or processes;
      opportunity or room to pass; place of passing; passage;
      road, street, track, or path of any kind; as, they built a
      way to the mine. "To find the way to heaven." --Shak.
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            I shall him seek by way and eke by street.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
                                                  --Milton.
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            The season and ways were very improper for his
            majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
                                                  --Evelyn.
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   2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a
      long way.
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            And whenever the way seemed long,
            Or his heart began to fail.           --Longfellow.
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   3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.
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            I prythee, now, lead the way.         --Shak.
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   4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of
      action; advance.
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            If that way be your walk, you have not far.
                                                  --Milton.
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            And let eternal justice take the way. --Dryden.
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   5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is
      accomplished; scheme; device; plan.
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            My best way is to creep under his gaberdine. --Shak.
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            By noble ways we conquest will prepare. --Dryden.
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            What impious ways my wishes took!     --Prior.
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   6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of
      expressing one's ideas.
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   7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of
      conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of
      nobleness." --Sir. P. Sidney.
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            Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
            are peace.                            --Prov. iii.
                                                  17.
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            When men lived in a grander way.      --Longfellow.
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   8. Sphere or scope of observation. --Jer. Taylor.
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            The public ministers that fell in my way. --Sir W.
                                                  Temple.
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   9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as,
      to have one's way.
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   10. (Naut.)
       (a) Progress; as, a ship has way.
       (b) pl. The timbers on which a ship is launched.
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   11. pl. (Mach.) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces,
       on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a
       table or carriage moves.
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   12. (Law) Right of way. See below.
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   By the way, in passing; apropos; aside; apart from, though
      connected with, the main object or subject of discourse.
      

   By way of, for the purpose of; as being; in character of.
      

   Covert way. (Fort.) See Covered way, under Covered.

   In the family way. See under Family.

   In the way, so as to meet, fall in with, obstruct, hinder,
      etc.

   In the way with, traveling or going with; meeting or being
      with; in the presence of.

   Milky way. (Astron.) See Galaxy, 1.

   No way, No ways. See Noway, Noways, in the
      Vocabulary.

   On the way, traveling or going; hence, in process;
      advancing toward completion; as, on the way to this
      country; on the way to success.

   Out of the way. See under Out.

   Right of way (Law), a right of private passage over
      another's ground. It may arise either by grant or
      prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate,
      well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm. --Kent.
      

   To be under way, or To have way (Naut.), to be in motion,
      as when a ship begins to move.

   To give way. See under Give.

   To go one's way, or To come one's way, to go or come; to
      depart or come along. --Shak.

   To go one's way to proceed in a manner favorable to one; --
      of events.

   To come one's way to come into one's possession (of
      objects) or to become available, as an opportunity; as,
      good things will come your way.

   To go the way of all the earth or

   to go the way of all flesh to die.

   To make one's way, to advance in life by one's personal
      efforts.

   To make way. See under Make, v. t.

   Ways and means.
       (a) Methods; resources; facilities.
       (b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for
           revenue.

   Way leave, permission to cross, or a right of way across,
      land; also, rent paid for such right. [Eng]

   Way of the cross (Eccl.), the course taken in visiting in
      rotation the stations of the cross. See Station, n., 7
       (c) .

   Way of the rounds (Fort.), a space left for the passage of
      the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified
      town.

   Way pane, a pane for cartage in irrigated land. See Pane,
      n., 4. [Prov. Eng.]

   Way passenger, a passenger taken up, or set down, at some
      intermediate place between the principal stations on a
      line of travel.

   Ways of God, his providential government, or his works.

   Way station, an intermediate station between principal
      stations on a line of travel, especially on a railroad.

   Way train, a train which stops at the intermediate, or way,
      stations; an accommodation train.

   Way warden, the surveyor of a road.
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   Syn: Street; highway; road.

   Usage: Way, Street, Highway, Road. Way is generic,
          denoting any line for passage or conveyance; a highway
          is literally one raised for the sake of dryness and
          convenience in traveling; a road is, strictly, a way
          for horses and carriages; a street is, etymologically,
          a paved way, as early made in towns and cities; and,
          hence, the word is distinctively applied to roads or
          highways in compact settlements.
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                All keep the broad highway, and take delight
                With many rather for to go astray. --Spenser.
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                There is but one road by which to climb up.
                                                  --Addison.
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                When night
                Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
                Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
                                                  --Milton.
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