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.

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By the next day, showings and an open house were scheduled. Reema Amin,, "Housing indicators reflect strong seller's market in Baltimore region," 13 July 2018 Another returning Globe All-Scholastic, Xavier Gonsalves, a 6-3, 230-pound two-way end from reigning Division 7 Super Bowl champion Mashpee High, has received offers from Maine and UMass, the latter after an excellent showing in Amherst. Jake Caccavaro,, "For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff," 13 July 2018 Miami went 19-7 over the last two years, capped by a 10-3 showing in 2017 that included a trip to the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Miami Hurricanes’ Mark Richt lands on a prestigious coach of the year watch list," 11 July 2018 Nelson just co-authored a paper showing that women and non-white judges are more likely to cite other female or non-white jurists in their opinions, thus amplifying diverse voices in a system of justice that was too white for too long. Will Bunch,, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018 But amateur video went viral showing Martinez falling to the ground in front of the door to the ICE office at 11125 N. Ambassador Drive in the early morning hours of June 26. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Netflix recording of ICE officer shoving lawyer might not be used in investigation," 6 July 2018 Last week, a video went viral showing royal newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry refraining from PDA at an official engagement. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Back to Holding Hands at Royal Events," 5 July 2018 The squad delivered a spirited showing, but ultimately fell 1-0 to Ottawa Fury FC at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of the 11,025 in attendance. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 Keuchel's first innings can sometimes sully otherwise suitable showings. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 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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