on·​com·​ing ˈȯn-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio)
: coming nearer in time or space
the oncoming year
an oncoming car
: future
looked forward to his oncoming visit
: 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 teenager allegedly entered the northbound lane and then crashed head-on into an oncoming Honda Odyssey, killing six of the seven passengers. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2024 Cockrell said state traffic investigators were investigating the cause of the accident, including why the concrete truck appeared to veer into oncoming traffic. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 24 Mar. 2024 That way both can talk to the kids and warn them of oncoming cyclists or those coming up on the rear. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The crash was reported around 11:25 p.m. when a Chevrolet Silverado heading east on Gopher Canyon Road near Hoxie Ranch Road swerved into oncoming traffic, CHP Officer Hunter Gerber said in a news release. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 Random shoving attacks on the city's subway platforms have left people killed or severely injured by oncoming trains, and last week an ex-con was accused of ditching his ankle monitor before shoving his ex into a moving train in Manhattan during an argument. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2024 But erratic behavior is very visible in the transit system, and the death of Michelle Go, who was pushed off a platform into the path of an oncoming train at Times Square two years ago, changed the mind-set of many commuters, igniting a terror of recurrences. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Some rolls could be seen unraveling in the wind and bouncing down the highway into oncoming cars. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The headlights may be incorrectly adjusted too high and create a glare for oncoming traffic. USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Oncoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncoming. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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on·​com·​ing ˈȯn-ˌkəm-iŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio)
: coming nearer
oncoming traffic

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