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

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Examples of oncoming in a Sentence

we're looking forward to your oncoming visit
Recent Examples on the Web In one setup, two cars were parked next to the test lane, and a child-sized dummy emerged between them into the path of the oncoming car. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Pedestrian detection systems don’t work very well, AAA finds," 7 Oct. 2019 Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 3600 E. Wallisville Rd. and determined a female driver, said to be traveling at a high rate of speed with no headlights, left her lane and struck an oncoming car. Houston Chronicle, "One dead in east Harris County crash Saturday evening," 29 Sep. 2019 Two players excited about the oncoming test: cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and left tackle Joe Staley. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Five questions for 49ers vs. Chiefs," 23 Aug. 2019 His brother-in-law, who was driving, swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming car in the passing lane on U.S. 29 and lost control of his Nissan Stanza. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "The Alabama football hero who became a cheesecake king," 12 Sep. 2019 KPTV-12 last month followed one such truck on Germantown as the truck pinballed against the steep hillside and jutted into the oncoming travel lane. oregonlive, "Walmart truck crash temporarily blocks Cornelius Pass detour route," 5 Sep. 2019 With stop-and-go traffic — more vehicles turning at intersections and oncoming emergency vehicles — the number drops below 500 vehicles an hour. AZCentral.com, "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019 Witnesses told Birmingham police that Capan was walking in the roadway and stepped in front of an oncoming car. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "3 killed in separate Jefferson County crashes over the holiday weekend," 8 July 2019 Angle of attack is the angle between the wing and the oncoming air flow. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of oncoming

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of oncoming was in 1844

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14 Nov 2019

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“Oncoming.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncoming. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of oncoming

: coming closer to you : coming toward you


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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