oncoming oncoming  /ˈɔn ˌkə mɪŋ/


  1. (n) the beginning or early stages
  2. (adj) moving toward one


  1. The time spent idling while waiting to turn against oncoming traffic burns fuel and costs millions each year.
  2. It's also easier for right-handers to mount a horse from the left, so riders gravitated to that side to avoid oncoming traffic as they climbed on and off.
  3. After strong indications of an oncoming custody battle in the Michael Jackson saga, Deborah Rowe's lawyer gently applied the brakes on Thursday.


  1. Marion County wreck kills man, injures woman

    A driver was killed and passenger hurt Sunday in Marion County after a truck swerved to avoid an accident and collided with an oncoming vehicle, police said.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  2. Train hits truck in central Pa.; driver escapes

    Police say a man accidentally drove a pickup truck onto train tracks after missing a driveway in central Pennsylvania, but escaped unharmed before the vehicle was hit by an oncoming train.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  3. Lynn traffic problems a toxic mix for insurance rates

    Three teenage girls passed, watched the traffic light turn green and the oncoming cars accelerate and then strode into the middle of Union Street. “That’s how you cross a street,” one of the girls said over her shoulder to a reporter standing on the sidewalk.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Daily Item


  1. "The light at the end of the tunnel had become an oncoming train, with new shocks to the global financial system," said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Source: BusinessWorld Online

  2. Ban said he met the father of an Algerian security guard who was killed "when he literally threw himself at the oncoming suicide truck."
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Forbes

  3. "I had my nose broken three times," says Lythgoe, who's attending the Banff World Television Festival. "I seemed to have this natural tendency to head butt the oncoming punch with my face for some reason. My footwork was good, but my body was...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Nigel Lythgoe Source: Vancouver Sun

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pacify pacify
/ˈpæ sə ˌfaɪ /