What does happening mean?

Definitions for happening
ˈhæp ə nɪŋhap·pen·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word happening.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event(noun)

    an event that happens

GCIDE

  1. happening(n.)

    Specifically: An event that is particularly interesting, noteworthy, or important.

  2. happening(n.)

    An artistic or entertainment event that is unconventional, sometimes discontinuous, designed to evoke strong emotions, and sometimes involving participation by the audience.

Wiktionary

  1. happening(Noun)

    Something that happens.

  2. happening(Noun)

    A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation.

  3. happening(Adjective)

    Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable.

    This is a happening place tonight!

  4. happening(Adjective)

    Trendy, up-to-the-minute.

    He is a real happening guy.

Wikipedia

  1. Happening

    A happening is a performance, event, or situation art, usually as performance art. The term was first used by Allan Kaprow during the 1950s to describe a range of art-related events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happening

    of Happen

Freebase

  1. Happening

    A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. Happenings take place 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. Henceforth, the interactions between the audience and the artwork makes the audience, in a sense, part of the art. In the late 1960s, perhaps due to the depiction in films of hippie culture, the term was used much less specifically to mean any gathering of interest, from a pool hall meetup or a jamming of a few young people to a beer blast or fancy formal party.

Editors Contribution

  1. happening

    To exist.

    It was real and was happening.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'happening' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3101

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'happening' in Written Corpus Frequency: #921

How to pronounce happening?

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How to say happening in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of happening in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of happening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of happening in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Perriello:

    We've learned way too painfully from the past that you don't want to wait until after a genocide has started to be doing things to prevent it from happening.

  2. George Steiner:

    The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.

  3. Amarnath Amarasingam:

    I'm not sure what's been happening in Quebec, but it has definitely popped onto the map, this is perhaps partly to do with Quebec’s highly secular culture … but also the struggle to retain a French identity.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    This is the pre-9/11 mentality that paved the way for 9/11: 'What's happening in Afghanistan is no concern to us.' So if he follows through with this, it'd be the biggest mistake of his presidency.

  5. Von Flatern:

    We're dealing with a new reality and trying to adapt laws to what we see happening.

Images & Illustrations of happening

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