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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we're looking forward to your oncoming visit

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Most of the changes apply to the oncoming generation of nuclear technology that can be miniaturized and is potentially more susceptible to being militarized for power generation at far-flung outposts and for propulsion on watercraft. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "U.S. Strengthens Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China," 11 Oct. 2018 Consider such a system of anti-tank munitions emplaced in the path of an oncoming enemy tank force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 The company says its computer vision system can scrutinize a pedestrian to determine not only their awareness of an oncoming car, but their intent—that is, using body language to predict behavior. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Did the Human Cross the Road? To Confuse the Self-Driving Car," 10 July 2018 Dennis Pfister and his wife were driving southbound on Wilton Road when their 2000 Toyota Avalon swerved into the path of an oncoming big rig carrying a load of dead animals, according to the California Highway Patrol. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Two killed in collision with big rig identified as elderly Wilton couple," 18 June 2018 The Thai rescue operation is probably more treacherous than others because of the sheer size of the cave, the oncoming monsoon season, and the isolated area. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Thailand cave rescue: Why can't they drill from above, other questions you want answered," 6 July 2018 Jiang's vehicle then veered into an oncoming car, injuring five other people. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Holly Davis sentenced to 25 years in 2016 shooting death of ASU student Yue Jiang," 15 June 2018 Tempe police said Davis rear-ended Jiang's vehicle then got out of her car and shot the woman, whose vehicle then veered into an oncoming car, injuring five other people. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Family of slain ASU student protests plea deal ahead of sentencing," 9 June 2018 Some witnesses said Parkhurst was hit after pushing children out of the way of the oncoming car, reported WCSH. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He confessed to a 1968 hit-and-run, then died Friday saving kids from a car in a park, cops say," 3 June 2018

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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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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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