(third-person singular simple present oncomes, present participle oncoming, simple past oncame, past participle oncome)
- (intransitive, rare) To arrive; come to; come on.
From Middle English oncomen, from Old English oncuman, ancuman (“to arrive, come upon, happen”), equivalent to on- + come. Cognate with Dutch aankomen (“to arrive”), German ankommen (“to arrive”), Swedish ankomma (“to arrive”).
- Advent, arrival, approach; onset
- The commencement or initial stages of a business, especially of one which requires great exertion.
- The setting about of an action; development; progress.
- An attack; an attack or onset of a disease, fit, or episode.
- (dialectal) A mysterious disease or ailment.
- (dialectal) A heavy fall of rain or snow; cloudburst.
- (of a chimney) The lower edge of a fire-clay lining piece.