show·​ing | \ˈshō-iŋ \

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

b : appearance, evidence

Examples of showing in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Assuming Republicans win that race, the party will have gained two seats from their current razor-thin majority of 51 senators, matching their showing during the 1970 and 2002 elections. Linda Qiu, The Seattle Times, "A Fact-Checker’s Guide to Thanksgiving Politics," 21 Nov. 2018 The better his showing in California’s red precincts, the bigger the rebuke to Mrs. Feinstein. Karl Rove, WSJ, "How Kavanaugh Could Help the GOP," 3 Oct. 2018 Until his solid showing against the Celtics, Bridges was 0-for-8. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Position-less hoops could allow MSU's Miles Bridges to flourish in NBA," 11 July 2018 The Brazilian formed a strong bond with the club's fanbase after his impressive showings, with Newcastle believed to be keen on bringing him back on a permanent basis should his second loan spell go well., "Chelsea Star Kenedy Set to Undergo Medical at Newcastle Ahead of Loan Return to Tyneside," 9 July 2018 His best showing at a Grand Slam was a quarterfinal at the 2011 U.S. Open. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "USA's John Isner hopes to break third-round curse at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 The two pop up-and-comers have been friends for some time, from Sivan welcoming Lipa onstage during his Blue Neighborhood Tour, to her showing massive support for his Billboard cover story. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Dua Lipa Covers Troye Sivan's 'My My My!' at Paris Show: Watch," 5 July 2018 His showing in that election impressed leaders of PAN, leading to his appointment as personal secretary to Queretaro's governor. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "These are the four candidates in Mexico’s presidential election," 29 June 2018 Off his strong showing in Baltimore County, Day got the Democratic nod in the primary and then easily beat McNabb in the general, again with a strong vote from Baltimore County, while McNabb carried Harford with its smaller number of eligible votes. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Adkins-Tobin gets on November ballot to oppose sitting judges," 28 June 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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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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