out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio) \

Definition of outing

1 : a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip
2 : an athletic competition or race also : an appearance therein
3 : a usually public presentation or appearance (as in a particular role) her first outing as a novelist
4 : the public disclosure of the covert homosexuality of a prominent person especially by homosexual activists

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Jaylen Hoard, who joined the Blazers on a two-way deal after going undrafted out of Wake Forest, had a solid outing with nine points and six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. oregonlive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers drop summer league opener to Detroit Pistons, 93-73: Live updates recap," 6 July 2019 Starting pitcher Trevor Richards had a rough outing for Miami. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins fall to Max Scherzer, Nationals in first game back home after strong road trip," 25 June 2019 McHugh, who already has two minor league outings, will throw back-to-back on Friday and Saturday with Class AA Corpus Christi. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros leaning toward seven-man bullpen," 19 June 2019 Lucchesi had his best outing of the season on Monday, blanking the Brewers for seven innings while allowing three runs and three walks with five strikeouts. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Stock Ticker: Expect Edwin Encarnacion to Rise in the Heart of Yankees' Lineup," 18 June 2019 CrowdStrike's success stands in contrast to other companies that have had weaker outings in the market. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "CrowdStrike soars in public debut," 12 June 2019 The right-handed Bower, meanwhile, didn’t have a typical outing. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Good Morgan: Lindsay Morgan sparks 3-run third inning as Huntley stuns Marist in 4A state semifinals," 8 June 2019 Prince Harry had a royal family outing today at Buckingham Palace, attending a garden party hosted by the queen with his cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Attends a Garden Party with the Queen, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice at Buckingham Palace," 29 May 2019 Oakland starters have three consecutive scoreless outings of at least six innings for the first time since Aug. 24-26, 2005, by Kirk Saarloos, Barry Zito and Joe Blanton. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Canha hits 2-run HR, Anderson sharp as A’s top Angels 4-2," 30 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outing was in 1821

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English Language Learners Definition of outing

: a brief trip that people take for fun usually as a group
: a time when an athlete (such as a baseball pitcher) competes in a game or contest
: an act of telling the public that a person is homosexual when that person does not want the public to know


out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio) \

Kids Definition of outing

: a brief usually outdoor trip for pleasure We went on an outing to the beach.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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