show·​ing | \ ˈshō-iŋ How to pronounce showing (audio) \

Definition of showing

1a : an act or an instance of putting something (such as an artist's work) on view : display
b : the presentation of a motion picture
c : show sense 5 fashion showings
2 : performance, record made a good showing in competition
3a : a statement or presentation of a case

Examples of showing in a Sentence

The movie's last showing tonight is at 10:30.

Recent Examples on the Web

Sarah Paulson was a later showing, but didn't hold back in a stellar Brandon Maxwell dress with side cut-outs. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 Have Never Been More Magical There were several showings of sparkle this weekend. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Beauty Trends That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 There's no room for error at this point—but the two-hour showing of performances did not go as planned. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Live Playoffs Were Plagued With Technical Problems," 13 Nov. 2018 Though there are a couple showings for big room tracks on The Wave, the album dances all over, from pop to future bass. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?," 5 Oct. 2018 After the first showing at 10 a.m. local time, an announcer said Lagerfeld would appear for the second presentation at noon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld Missed the Final Bow at the Chanel Couture Shows," 22 Jan. 2019 In its letter, Apple addresses a number of other mitigating factors that certainly contribute to the poor showing for the first quarter of 2019. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Apple's in Trouble for the First Time in a Long Time, And You Already Know Why," 3 Jan. 2019 Despite a strong showing from Nigeria, Morocco and Senegal, no team from Africa advanced to the knockout stages of this year’s World Cup in Russia. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Artist designs cool Wakanda soccer uniforms for the World Cup," 12 July 2018 His strong showing fits with a global trend of anti-establishment politics, from Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S. to gains by parties of the left and right in Europe. Nacha Cattan,, "Mexico Heads to Polls With Leftist on Brink of Historic Victory," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of showing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of showing was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of showing

: the act of making a movie, television show, piece of art, etc., available for the public to see
: a performance or appearance of a particular kind



Legal Definition of showing

: an act or instance of establishing through evidence and argument appears to require a more specific showing of need by those who seek to perform drug-testing— D. A. Grossbaum failed to make a prima facie showing of a constitutional violation warranting suppression of the evidence

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