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Definition of the noun happening

What does happening mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: happenings

  1. an event that happens
    • examples: Keep in touch with what is happening in foreign countries. | I had a feeling that something dreadful was happening. | I sensed what was happening. | I've no idea what's happening. | Please keep me informed of what is happening there. | Television enables us to know what is happening today. | This is an actual happening. | Let's see what's happening in this big country. | This magazine helps me to keep up with what's happening in the world. | The probability of this chain of events all happening at once is one in 2 million flights - about once every two months at current levels of air traffic.
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of happening: natural event / occurrence / occurrent
    • more generic word: event = something that happens at a given place and time
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun happening


  1. Something that happens
  2. A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation

Definition of the adjective happening

What does happening mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more happening / most happening

  1. [rfd-sense] taking place
  2. [slang] trendy, up-to-the-minute


"Happening" a.k.a. "The Happening" is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as they try to escape from an inexplicable natural disaster.


"Happening" is a book by Madison Morrison.


  1. "Happening" is a song by Danish singer Medina from her second English studio album Forever. The song is the English version of her Danish song "Kl. 10" from her third Danish album "For altid". It was released as the second single from the album on September 14, 2012. "Happening" was written by Medina Valbak, Rasmus Stabell, Jeppe Federspiel and Ross Golan, and was produced by the Danish producer-team Providers.
  2. "Happening" is a musical album of Hidemi Ishikawa.
    • released on (29 years ago)
  3. "Happening" is a musical single of Cocktail Trio.
    • released in (49 years ago)
  4. "Happening" is a musical EP of The Buzz.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  5. "Happening" is a musical album of Jean Néplin & Individual State.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  6. "Happening" is a 2012 album by Medina.
    • released on


  1. Happening: A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. Happenings occur anywhere and are often multi-disciplinary, with a nonlinear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Key elements of happenings are planned but artists sometimes retain room for improvisation. This new media art aspect to happenings eliminates the boundary between the artwork and its viewer.
  2. Happening is a TV program, begun in (45 years ago).

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Happening

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Google previewThe Empty Space (1996)

A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate by Peter Brook

A Happening is a powerful invention, it destroys at one blow many deadly forms, like the dreariness of theatre buildings, and the charmless trappings of curtain, usherette, cloakroom, programme, bar. A Happening can be anywhere, any time, ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Happen at the same time—coincide Happen immediately after—come next Happen over again—recur Happen to find—light upon Happened to be— occurred, turned out Happening—event, incident Happening at any moment now —imminent ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

happen as an interruption 335 hard-headed happen as an interruption supervene happened to befell happening accident, adventure, affair, befalling, case, chance, chancing, developing, ensuing, episode, event, experience, incident, ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1867)


Expectation, in the doctrine of chances, is applied to any contingent event, upon the happening of which some benefit is...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

happening noun 1 an unstructured event built around music, drugsand a strong senseofbonding US, 1959.2a party at which there is much drinking; abooze-up AUSTRALIA, 1971 happening adjective modern, fashionable, chic.Incommon with ...

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

Federer has blown two break points, it«s all happening in Gstaad. Again ¦ The Observer, 13 July 2003. happening. noun. 1. an unstructured event built around music, drugs and a ...

Google previewPocket Encyclopedia (1811)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Polite Literature by Edward Augustus Kendall

So that, if there be constituted a fraction, of which the numerator is the number of chances for the events happening,

Google previewA General Dictionary of the English Language (1780)

One Main Object of Which, Is, to Establish a Plain and Permanent Standard Pronunciation. : To which is Prefixed a Rhetorical Grammar by Thomas Sheridan

Happening concurrently, or occafionally. SYMPTOMATICALLY, kėl-ỳ. ad. In the nature of a fymptom. SYNAGOGUE, sino-ä-g'g. f. An affembly of the Jews to worship ...

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Small photo of Magic is happening. Selective focus on oil pains of warm shades lying on a professional palette and a hand of a young painter holding a painting brush and searching a perfect color.Small photo of Girl is terrified with the ends of her hair. It is in terrible condition. She wanted to brush it before she saw it. The camera is recording everything that is happening in a room. More...

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Quotes about Happening

Life has a balance and natural order. I'm not fighting the flow anymore. My career right now is very up. It's happening naturally and it's happening well. (Irene Cara)
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Scrabble value of H4A1P3P3E1N1I1N1G2

The value of this 9-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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