- emerging as a popular trend: trending fashion accessories.
- widely mentioned or discussed on the Internet, especially on social media websites: trending topics on Twitter.
Origin of trending
- the general course or prevailing tendency; drift: trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
- style or vogue: the new trend in women's apparel.
- the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.
- to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
- to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
- to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular: words that have trended this year.
- Digital Technology. to be widely mentioned or discussed on the Internet, especially in posts on social media websites: news stories that are trending online.
- to veer or turn off in a specified direction, as a river, mountain range, etc.: The river trends toward the southeast.
Origin of trend
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Examples from the Web for trending
It just so happens that foreign policy is currently trending across America.Rick Perry: America’s Next Top Strategist?
September 20, 2014
Schwartz eventually dropped her association with Third Way, but the polls have been trending downward ever since.How the Left Cut Down a Democratic Frontrunner
May 12, 2014
But, it was a clear signal as to where the Asian-American community was trending.Asians vs. Affirmative Action
March 31, 2014
This year, Google says, the number one trending term for all of 2013 was "Paul Walker."
Google has released its year-end data revealing the top trending terms in America in 2013.
But, trending to the right, we got into Canonbury, of which there are only Travellers' Tales.The House of Souls
Better than all, the heavy gold seemed to be trending in their direction.Grif
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
They had not had the least idea of the way Townsend's talk was trending.Motor Matt's Peril, or, Cast Away in the Bahamas</p>
Stanley R. Matthews
We have a way of trending on problematical subjects, have we not?The Tree of Knowledge</p>
Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
She knew, of course, how matters were trending, and that she had only to hold up a finger.Harley Greenoak's Charge
- general tendency or direction
- fashion; mode
- to take a certain trend
Word Origin and History for trending
1590s, "to run or bend in a certain direction" (of rivers, coasts, etc.), from Middle English trenden "to roll about, turn, revolve," from Old English trendan, from Proto-Germanic *trandijanan (cf. Old English trinde "round lump, ball," Old Frisian trind, Middle Low German trint "round," Middle Low German trent "ring, boundary," Dutch trent "circumference," Danish trind "round"); origin and connections outside Germanic uncertain. Sense of "have a general tendency" (used of events, opinions, etc.) is first recorded 1863, from the nautical sense. Related: Trended; trending.
"the way something bends" (coastline, mountain range, etc.), 1777, from trend (v.); sense of "general tendency" is from 1884.