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  1. coming in; arriving: the incoming tide.
  2. newly arrived or received: incoming mail; incoming orders.
  3. succeeding, as an officeholder: the incoming mayor.
  4. accruing, as profit.
  5. entering, beginning, etc.: all incoming students.
  6. Chiefly British. immigrant.
  7. Scot. ensuing.
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  1. the act of coming in; arrival; advent: the incoming of spring.
  2. Usually incomings. funds received; revenue.
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Origin of incoming

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at in, coming
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  • It was the in-coming tide, and therefore swelling towards the beach.

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

  • She made a careful calculation: at the present rate of the in-coming tide, she had probably about an hour and a half to live.

  • A great proportion of the furniture of the old house, including the family portraits, had been purchased by the in-coming owner.

    The People Of The Mist

    H. Rider Haggard

  • This railway-station at Milwaukie is one of the great distributing points of the in-coming flood from Northern Europe.

  • At their first in-coming the Devil says, Quum literarum, is good Latine.

British Dictionary definitions for in-coming


  1. coming in; entering
  2. about to come into office; succeeding
  3. (of interest, dividends, etc) being received; accruing
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  1. the act of coming in; entrance
  2. (usually plural) income or revenue
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Word Origin and History for in-coming



late 14c., "action of coming in," from in + coming. As a present participle adjective, from 1753. Of game, from 1892; transferred in World War I to artillery; as a warning cry of incoming shellfire, it seems to date to the U.S. war in Vietnam (1968).

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