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[on-kuhm-ing, awn-] /ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn-/
approaching; nearing:
the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
the oncoming generation of leaders.
approach; onset:
the oncoming of winter.
Origin of oncoming
1835-45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on Unabridged
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  • Tragically, that's when the ultralight slammed into an oncoming car.
  • Seeing no oncoming cars, he quickly stuck out his arm as a signal and made an abrupt left onto the cross street.
  • Typically she would feel nauseated before an oncoming seizure, then lose consciousness.
  • Unless humans greatly reduce the burning of fossil fuels, no amount of grid tinkering is going to prevent the oncoming shock.
  • Driving on a freeway and something happens in the oncoming traffic lane and you don't see the speed limit has changed.
  • The simulation also included oncoming traffic and winding roads.
  • He seemed mesmerized by the oncoming pavement, or by some idea or formulation glimpsed in the immateriality beyond the pavement.
  • He kept an eye on the five when they moved off in a bunch, causing an oncoming car to slow to a crawl as they crossed the street.
  • Indeed, for the rest of the film he likes to flash up a number of minutes to warn of the oncoming deadline.
  • She veered out into the road, causing an oncoming car to slow down.
British Dictionary definitions for oncoming


coming nearer in space or time; approaching
the approach or onset: the oncoming of winter
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Word Origin and History for oncoming

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

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