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.

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Here’s a graphic from a thesis paper showing Aegis’ original computer network. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Shrinking the Size of Its Gargantuan 70s-Era Computers," 26 Apr. 2019 Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman closed things out with a perfect inning each for New York, a refreshingly clean showing for a struggling, short-handed bullpen. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 In some editions Friday, a graphic showing wages for Mexican factory workers that accompanied a World News article about Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto neglected to note that the wages were in pesos. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 15 Mar. 2019 Designers like Mugler and Gaultier came up creating in abundance and showing collections designed to be shown for one hour, and nowadays the format is completely different, changed to a 12-minute show. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Is This Exhibit the Reason Kim Kardashian West Is Wearing Vintage Mugler? A First Look Inside Thierry Mugler: Couturissime," 26 Feb. 2019 The plentiful mime is both broad and exact, capable of showing — without sound — how Harlequin’s foppish rival sings poorly. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: ‘Harlequinade’ Has Charming Baubles, but Why Do It?," 5 June 2018 The Garden forgoes the original production’s conceit of showing of the actor playing Quasimodo apply his makeup and costume onstage. Matthew J. Palm,, "Garden's 'Hunchback' is a musical mix of flaws, charms," 4 May 2018 The award announcement Friday was part of a strong showing for The Oregonian/OregonLive which collected four total National Headliner Awards. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregonian/OregonLive newsroom captures 4 National Headliner Awards," 13 Apr. 2018 In spite of a strong public showing by brewers advocating for sweeping reform, the House Economic Matters Committee killed the bill widely favored by the craft beer industry. Washington Post, "Maryland craft brewers hope for revamped laws next year," 30 Mar. 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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