Definition of oncoming in English:


Syllabification: on·com·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈänˌkəmiNG, ˈôn-


  • 1Approaching; moving toward: she walked into the path of an oncoming car
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    • Anyone who has rushed to get across a Hong Kong street in front of oncoming traffic knows that moving on two feet can be dangerous here.
    • The suicidal Beatrice who is now ready to step intentionally in front of an oncoming car picks out a man across the street to focus her resolve.
    • His 22-year-old brother was thrown in front of an oncoming car, which narrowly missed him after the driver swerved.
    approaching, advancing, nearing, onrushing; forthcoming, on the way, imminent, impending, looming, gathering, (close) at hand, about to happen, to come
  • 1.1Due to happen or occur in the near future: the oncoming Antarctic winter
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    • In a descriptive passage that recalls Pickthall's poetry, the story attributes a pre-verbal understanding of the signs of the oncoming winter to both men.
    • She smiled wryly to herself, thinking that perhaps he, like the local songbirds and crows, had flown south to avoid the oncoming winter.
    • Most of the wildlife was preparing for the oncoming winter.


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  • The fact of being about to happen in the near future: the oncoming of age
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    • He shook his head and felt the familiar oncoming of tears.
    • With the oncoming of beautiful weather, he clothed himself in his khaki, American Eagle shorts that showed his bronzed calf muscles exquisitely.
    • They didn't speak for a while longer, as the sun moved lower in the sky, signaling the oncoming of dusk and eventually night.

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