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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He's allowed nine hits four times, surrendering two, zero, five and three earned runs in those outings. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Gausman battered, comeback bid falls short in Orioles' 5-4 loss to Phillies," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Brewers’ offense offered little resistance against Pittsburgh rookie pitcher Nick Kingham, who entered the game with a 3-4 record and 4.26 earned run average in eight outings. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 7, Brewers 3: With four losses in five games on trip, Brewers appear out of steam," 13 July 2018 Arrieta faces the Marlins for the third time this season after Miami hit him around in the first two outings. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Preview: Phillies at Marlins, Friday, 7:10 p.m.," 12 July 2018 Yes, the building has a Yelp page, and so does 3 Squares Diner (five stars!), a new outing from the folks who brought you the longtime Wicker Park (now Logan Square) breakfast-lunch crowd-pleaser Jam. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 The extremely large tattoo was on full display during a March beach outing. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Ben Affleck Keeps Scratching His Phoenix Back Tattoo," 27 June 2018 Campbell allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and equaled a career-best eight strikeouts, in a redemptive outing. Mike Malloy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators suffer season-ending loss to Arkansas at CWS," 23 June 2018 In 2 outings, the Lady Pirates forward had games of 31 points 15 rebounds and 25 points 14 rebounds. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Former Chicago standout brings her A-game to Granbury," 15 June 2018 Keuchel entered 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA and two complete games in 10 outings against New York, including three postseason starts. courant.com, "Severino Overpowers Astros With 11 Ks As Yankees Win, 5-3," 30 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of outing

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

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to express warning or disapproval

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