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oncoming

[on-kuhm-ing, awn-]
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adjective
  1. approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
  2. emerging: the oncoming generation of leaders.
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noun
  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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  • 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

adjective
  1. coming nearer in space or time; approaching
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noun
  1. the approach or onsetthe 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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