on·​com·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio) , ˈän- \

Definition of oncoming

1a : coming nearer in time or space the oncoming year an oncoming car
b : future looked forward to his oncoming visit
2 : emergent, rising the oncoming generation

Examples of oncoming in a Sentence

we're looking forward to your oncoming visit
Recent Examples on the Web The Galant struck a Toyota Tundra and both vehicles crossed into oncoming traffic and rolled before the Galant collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, causing both vehicles to catch fire, police said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 The harvest has been a flood of YouTube and Twitter posts showing Teslas driving into oncoming traffic, mistaking railroad tracks for paved streets and aiming themselves into metal posts and traffic barriers. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Witness statements and video footage from the area show the pickup crossed into oncoming traffic colliding nearly head-on with the semi-truck. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 Authorities said Johnson was the driver and lone occupant of a Volkswagen Tiguan traveling south on Valley Road when his vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic, striking a Nissan Rogue head on. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 20 Apr. 2022 Soon after, the man walked into oncoming traffic and was struck by a white Freightliner semi-truck. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 In some of the videos, the car made dangerous decisions, almost rolling into an intersection, or turning into oncoming traffic, forcing Bernal to take over from the autopilot. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 An initial investigation found Graham was driving south on Laurel Bowie Road and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking an SUV. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 And, when the sharks do notice an oncoming ship, their reaction time is slow and minimal until the vessel gets very close. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oncoming

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Jun 2022

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“Oncoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncoming. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for oncoming


on·​com·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of oncoming

: coming nearer an oncoming car

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Nglish: Translation of oncoming for Spanish Speakers


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