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oncoming

[on-kuhm-ing, awn-] /ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn-/
adjective
1.
approaching; nearing:
the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
2.
emerging:
the oncoming generation of leaders.
noun
3.
approach; onset:
the oncoming of winter.
Origin of oncoming
1835-1845
1835-45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on
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  • I leaped for the door, and grasped the musket, barely straightening up, as the oncoming horseman swung around the corner.

    Love Under Fire Randall Parrish
  • Then she clung to him with the strength of oncoming despair.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The biggest brother groaned as his eye swept the oncoming panic.

  • Far up the street shone the light of an oncoming street-car.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • Or was it the darkness of oncoming death that chilled and clouded that star-cool brain of his, and made a mock of all his wisdom?

British Dictionary definitions for oncoming

oncoming

/ˈɒnˌkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
coming nearer in space or time; approaching
noun
2.
the approach or onset: the 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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