oncoming

[ on-kuhm-ing, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn- /

adjective

approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
emerging: the oncoming generation of leaders.

noun

approach; onset: the oncoming of winter.

Nearby words

  1. oncogenicity,
  2. oncolite,
  3. oncologic,
  4. oncology,
  5. oncolysis,
  6. oncoplastic carcinoma,
  7. oncornavirus,
  8. oncosis,
  9. oncost,
  10. oncotic

Origin of oncoming

1835–45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on

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British Dictionary definitions for oncoming

oncoming

/ (ˈɒnˌkʌmɪŋ) /

adjective

coming nearer in space or time; approaching

noun

the approach or onsetthe oncoming of winter
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Word Origin and History for oncoming

oncoming

adj.

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

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