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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnˌkʌmɪŋ/
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incoming (not comparable)

  1. Coming (or about to come) in; arriving.
    • 1961 January, “Talking of Trains: The Severn Bridge disaster”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 3, 5:
      In dense fog at about 10.25 p.m. on the night of October 25, two tank barges carrying petroleum [...] missed the entrance to the docks at Sharpness and were carried up the River Severn by the incoming tide. They collided with one of the piers of the Severn Bridge, carrying the Berkeley Road-Lydney branch of the Western Region, and as a result of the collision both tankers blew up.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
    Incoming tides cause a tidal bore in many rivers.
  2. Succeeding to an office.
    The incoming prime minister gave a press conference.




incoming (countable and uncountable, plural incomings)

  1. (countable) The act of coming in; arrival.
  2. (uncountable, military) Enemy fire directed at oneself.
    • 1977, Moyers S. Shore, The Battle for Khe Sanh
      Volume, however, was only part of the story because the incoming was almost always the heavier stuff. The hill received little 60mm or 82mm mortar fire but a deluge of 120mm mortar and 100mm artillery rounds.
    • 1992, Michael R. Conroy, Don't tell America! (page 120)
      I'll never forget the sight of those cannoneers standing at their guns firing back while the incoming was hitting all over. That was artillery's mission.



  1. (military) a warning that something is coming towards you; especially enemy artillery fire