out·ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ \

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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But after an awful outing on May 24, a humbled Hernandez went to Stottlemyre and asked for help. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018 Happily, by way of a report on his recovery, the pianist appeared at ease and in full command of the technique required for this first outing. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Tanglewood opens with Bernstein’s exuberance, Lang Lang’s return," 8 July 2018 Meghan Markle had her first official solo outing with Queen Elizabeth on Thursday and everyone's talking about their regal outfits and just how much the two seem to be getting along on their visit to Cheshire, England. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside the Royal Train Taking the Queen and Meghan Markle on a Girls' Trip Today," 14 June 2018 The sequence, midway through Thursday night’s second quarter, was the Magic’s signature moment of an otherwise forgettable outing in which team officials rested second-year forward Jonathan Isaac and heralded rookie center Mo Bamba. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rookie Melvin Frazier Jr. showing defensive grit but unrefined offensive game," 14 July 2018 McCullers had not walked more than four men in an outing since that afternoon against the Twins. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Tillman made his fifth minor league rehabilitation start on Tuesday for High-A Frederick, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings in an 102-pitch outing against Wilmington. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Cashner heads to DL with neck strain, receives injection; Ramírez called up," 11 July 2018 Williams collected three hits in the opener of the doubleheader, a 4-3 loss to the Mets in 10 innings, and was batting .270 with 23 homers in 529 at-bats through the first 164 games of his career after an 0-for-3 outing in the nightcap. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Nick Williams thriving in everyday role for Phillies after biding his time on bench," 9 July 2018 By John Sleezer | Vahe Gregorian The bullpen squandered an overwrought yet productive outing from Duffy, who struck out nine and yielded six hits. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of outing

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

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alleviating pain or harshness

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