Definitions of happening

n an event that happens

natural event, occurrence, occurrent
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Teapot Dome scandal
a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921; became symbolic of the scandals of the Harding administration
Watergate scandal
a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974
Second Coming of Christ
(Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment
the death of Jesus by crucifixion
Great Schism
the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
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accompaniment, attendant, co-occurrence, concomitant
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things
an event as apprehended
an event causing distress or pain
an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight
any amazing or wonderful occurrence
marvel, wonder
something that causes feelings of wonder
an event
a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
contingence, contingency, eventuality
a possible event or occurrence or result
the event consisting of the start of something
conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something
a happening that occurs only once and is not repeated
periodic event, recurrent event
an event that recurs at intervals
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
computer error, error
(computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
accident, chance event, fortuity, stroke
anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
the event of something burning (often destructive)
a single distinct event
the sudden giving off of energy
case, example, instance
an occurrence of something
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
an event that accomplishes its intended purpose
the event of coming into sight
destiny, fate
an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
the event of passing out of sight
ceasing to exist
contact, impinging, striking
the physical coming together of two or more things
designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
break, interruption
some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
the sudden occurrence of an audible event
the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts
news event
a newsworthy event
a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
the occurrence of two or more things coming together
juncture, occasion
an event that occurs at a critical time
burst, flare-up, outburst
a sudden intense happening
eruption, irruption, outbreak
a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)
black eye, blow, reversal, reverse, setback
an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
bonanza, boom, bunce, godsend, gold rush, gravy, manna from heaven, windfall
a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
collapse, crash
a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
a following on in addition
an increase in rate of change
deceleration, retardation, slowing
a decrease in rate of change
any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
an experience that appalls
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
flash, flashing
a short vivid experience
blast, good time
a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
the experience of losing a loved one
near-death experience
the experience of being close to death but surviving
a severe or trying experience
out-of-body experience
the dissociative experience of observing yourself from an external perspective as though your mind or soul had left and was observing your body
a brief experience of something
a person's experience on a particular occasion
head trip, trip
an exciting or stimulating experience
a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance
something experienced with great delight
drama, dramatic event
an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
casus belli
an event used to justify starting a war
end, final stage, last
the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
something that results
foregone conclusion, matter of course
an inevitable ending
an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another
an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
a change or alteration in form or qualities
(psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
a sudden unexpected event
hardware error
error resulting from a malfunction of some physical component of the computer
programming error, software error
error resulting from bad code in some program involved in producing the erroneous result
algorithm error
error resulting from the choice of the wrong algorithm or method for achieving the intended result
collision, hit
(physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together
a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
balefire, bonfire
a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration
brush fire
an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes
a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking (as at a camp)
conflagration, inferno
a very intense and uncontrolled fire
forest fire
an uncontrolled fire in a wooded area
grassfire, prairie fire
an uncontrolled fire in a grassy area
smolder, smoulder
a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame
a smoky fire to drive away insects
bad luck, misfortune
unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
a cause of great suffering and distress
a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval
some event that causes someone to be embarrassed
blaze, hell
a cause of difficulty and suffering
a sudden and severe onset of trouble
outrage, scandal
a disgraceful event
a series of related events forming an episode
an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
cause celebre
an incident that attracts great public attention
electrical discharge
a discharge of electricity
blowup, detonation, explosion
a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
humiliation, mortification
an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect
bit, piece
an instance of some kind
clip, time
an instance or single occasion for some event
crustal movement, tectonic movement
movement resulting from or causing deformation of the earth's crust
approach, approaching
the event of one object coming closer to another
passage, passing
the motion of one object relative to another
deflection, deflexion
the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
bend, bending
movement that causes the formation of a curve
change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something
the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding
an accidental happening
break, good luck, happy chance
an unexpected piece of good luck
coincidence, happenstance
an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
something that is regarded as a chance event
downfall, ruin, ruination
failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
a complete or conspicuous failure
a failure to function normally
an impressively successful event
a successful journey
abortion, miscarriage
failure of a plan
misfire, miss
a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
egress, emergence, issue
the becoming visible
birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
the event of being born
the event of something appearing again
immersion, ingress
(astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse
manifestation, materialisation, materialization
an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
a clear appearance
the appearance of a ghostlike figure
inception, origin, origination
an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
generation, genesis
a coming into being
ground floor
becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)
emergence, growth, outgrowth
the gradual beginning or coming forth
the beginning of anything
conception, creation
the event that occurred at the beginning of something
an unavoidable event
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
kismat, kismet
(Islam) the will of Allah
previous determination as if by destiny or fate
breakup, detachment, separation
coming apart
day of reckoning, doom, doomsday, end of the world
an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
demolition, destruction, wipeout
an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight
a sudden or mysterious disappearance
fadeout, receding
a slow or gradual disappearance
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
fluctuation, variation
an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
engagement, interlocking, mesh, meshing
contact by fitting together
a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)
the striking of one body against another
cycle, oscillation
a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon
repeat, repetition
an event that repeats
the daily event of the sun rising above the horizon
the daily event of the sun sinking below the horizon
undulation, wave
(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
a small irregular movement
periodic motion, periodic movement
motion that recurs over and over and the period of time required for each recurrence remains the same
(geology) a horizontal dislocation
backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion
a movement back from an impact
kick, recoil
the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk
squeeze, wring
a twisting squeeze
cam stroke, stroke, throw
the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
turn, turning
a movement in a new direction
twist, wrench
a jerky pulling movement
wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves
moving ridge, wave
one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
draw, standoff, tie
the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided
photo finish
in general, any very close finish; in particular, a finish of a race in which the contestants are so close together that the winner must be determined from a photograph taken at the instant of finishing
runner-up finish, second-place finish
a finish in second place (as in a race)
third-place finish
a finish in third place (as in a race)
Z, omega
the ending of a series or sequence
a change of religion
death, decease, expiry
the event of dying or departure from life
decrease, drop-off, lessening
a change downward
an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft)
a change resulting in an increase
easing, moderation, relief
a change for the better
alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
shift, transformation, transmutation
a qualitative change
contagion, infection, transmission
an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
an incident (real or imaginary)
a subordinate incident of little importance relative to the main event
cave in, subsidence
the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
an unsteady rocking motion
bust, fizzle, flop
a complete failure
debacle, fiasco
a sudden and violent collapse
a sudden inward collapse
halt, stop
the event of something ending
malformation, miscreation
something abnormal or anomalous
dislocation, disruption
an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
eclipse, occultation
one celestial body obscures another
union of sperm and egg in sexual reproduction
fusion, merger, unification
an occurrence that involves the production of a union
combine, combining
an occurrence that results in things being united
a dull resonant sound as of a bell
the sound of stroke or blow
beep, bleep
a short high tone produced as a signal or warning
bell, toll
the sound of a bell being struck
bombilation, bombination, buzz
sound of rapid vibration
chink, click, clink
a short light metallic sound
a sharp sound made by small birds or insects
chirrup, twitter
a series of chirps
any utterance produced simultaneously by a group
a succession of clicks
clip-clop, clippety-clop, clop, clopping, clumping, clunking
the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
the characteristic utterance of an animal
a ringing sound
drip, dripping
the sound of a liquid falling drop by drop
the sound of a drum
footfall, footstep, step
the sound of a step of someone walking
the sound produced while gargling
the bubbling sound of water flowing from a bottle with a narrow neck
jangle, jingle
a metallic sound
knock, knocking
the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)
murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering
a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
drum roll, paradiddle, roll
the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
pat, rap, tap
the sound made by a gentle blow
a quick succession of light rapid sounds
peal, pealing, roll, rolling
a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)
a hollow twanging sound
pop, popping
a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork
a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat
the harsh sound of a duck
a tremulous sound
ring, ringing, tintinnabulation
the sound of a bell ringing
drumbeat, rataplan, rub-a-dub
the sound made by beating a drum
a sound like a person sighing
the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe
a distinctive or characteristic sound
sound of strumming
susurration, susurrus
the indistinct sound of people whispering
a brushing or rustling sound
the sound of light blow or knock
a sound with a strong rhythmic beat
clump, clunk, thud, thump, thumping
a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
a thrumming sound
a dull hollow sound
tick, ticking
a metallic tapping sound
ting, tinkle
a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
a blast of a horn
the sound of casual playing on a musical instrument
trample, trampling
the sound of heavy treading or stomping
a sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string)
(music) a pulsating effect in an instrumental or vocal tone produced by slight and rapid variations in pitch
a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance
the roaring sound made by a motor that is running at high speed
the sound made by a sharp swift blow
birr, whir, whirr, whirring
sound of something in rapid motion
whistle, whistling
the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air
a brief high-pitched buzzing or humming sound
beat, heartbeat, pulsation, pulse
the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
touch, touching
the event of something coming in contact with the body
scintillation, sparkling, twinkle
a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
play, shimmer
a weak and tremulous light
flicker, glint, spark
a momentary flash of light
gleam, gleaming, glimmer
a flash of light (especially reflected light)
coruscation, glitter, sparkle
the occurrence of a small flash or spark
heat flash
a flash of intense heat (as released by an atomic explosion)
the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more
a sudden flash (as of lightning)
encounter, meeting
a casual or unexpected convergence
(physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)
climax, flood tide
the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
a critical combination of events or circumstances
a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
landmark, turning point, watershed
an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend
a significant event in your life (or in a project)
head, pass, straits
a difficult juncture
reality check
an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world
damage, harm, impairment
the occurrence of a change for the worse
breakdown, equipment failure
a cessation of normal operation
a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation
(genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
sex change
a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments)
disturbance, interference, noise
electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs
a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
a return of something after a period of abatement
a sudden burst of activity
eruption, volcanic eruption
the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of steam and volcanic material
commotion, whirl
confused movement
triumph, victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest
defeat, licking
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
a serious or devastating setback
(angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait
loss of consciousness
the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond
a buzzing or whizzing sound
Brownian motion, Brownian movement, pedesis
the random motion of small particles suspended in a gas or liquid
Type of:
something that happens at a given place and time

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