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[on-kuhm-ing, awn-]
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  1. approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
  2. emerging: the oncoming generation of leaders.
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  1. approach; onset: the oncoming of winter.
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Origin of oncoming

1835–45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on
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Related Words for oncoming

approaching, coming, expected, forthcoming, imminent, looming, nearing, upcoming, advancing

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Historical Examples of oncoming

  • 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


  1. coming nearer in space or time; approaching
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  1. the approach or onsetthe oncoming of winter
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for oncoming


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

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