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oncoming

[on-kuhm-ing, awn-] /ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn-/
adjective
1.
approaching; nearing:
the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
2.
emerging:
the oncoming generation of leaders.
noun
3.
approach; onset:
the oncoming of winter.
Origin of oncoming
1835-1845
1835-45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on
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  • He knew not how nor why, yet he got his feel of the oncoming event from the gods themselves.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He stooped; seized a boulder, hurled it at the oncoming Lee.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • With the oncoming of the parks and play-grounds, all of this, we may hope, will change.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • They laid her on the ground beside the door and watched the oncoming lights.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • He might as well have tried to stop an oncoming rocket ship.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
British Dictionary definitions for oncoming

oncoming

/ˈɒnˌkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
coming nearer in space or time; approaching
noun
2.
the approach or onset: the oncoming of winter
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Word Origin and History for oncoming
adj.

1844, from on + coming, present participle of come (v.).

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