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hap·pen·ing

 (hăp′ə-nĭng)
n.
1. Something that takes place; an event or incident. See Synonyms at occurrence.
2. An improvised, often spontaneous spectacle or performance, especially one involving audience participation.
adj.
Informal Popular or trendy: a happening new nightclub.

happening

(ˈhæpənɪŋ; ˈhæpnɪŋ)
n
1. an occurrence; event
2. an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
adj
informal fashionable and up-to-the-minute

hap•pen•ing

(ˈhæp ə nɪŋ)

n.
1. an occurrence or event.
2. a spontaneous or unconventional performance or entertainment, often involving the audience.
3. any event considered worthwhile or unusual.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.happening - an event that happenshappening - an event that happens    
event - something that happens at a given place and time
accompaniment, concomitant, co-occurrence, attendant - an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
avalanche - a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
treat - an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight
miracle - any amazing or wonderful occurrence
marvel, wonder - something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of modern science"
thing - an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
episode - a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
contingence, contingency, eventuality - a possible event or occurrence or result
beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
one-off - 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; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
computer error, error - (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
chance event, fortuity, accident, stroke - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
fire - the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
incident - a single distinct event
discharge - the sudden giving off of energy
case, instance, example - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
failure - an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure"
success - an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
appearance - the event of coming into sight
destiny, fate - an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
disappearance - the event of passing out of sight
disappearance - ceasing to exist; "he regretted the disappearance of Greek from school curricula"; "what was responsible for the disappearance of the rainforest?"; "the disappearance of resistance at very low temperatures"
impinging, striking, contact - the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"
collapse - a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
break, interruption - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
union - the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts; "lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"
news event - a newsworthy event
flash - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
convergence - the occurrence of two or more things coming together
juncture, occasion - an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
flare-up, outburst, burst - a sudden intense happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning"
outbreak, irruption, eruption - a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities"
setback, reversal, reverse, black eye, blow - an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

happening

noun
1. event, incident, occasion, case, experience, chance, affair, scene, accident, proceeding, episode, adventure, phenomenon, occurrence, escapade plans to hire freelance reporters to cover the latest happenings
adjective
1. fashionable, modern, popular, cool, exciting, hip (informal), up to date, plugged-in (slang), du jour (French), culty the most happening place at the moment, the Que Club

happening

noun
1. Something that happens:
2. Something significant that happens:
Translations
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begivenhedhappening
happening
atburîur, viîburîur
atsitikimasįvykis
dogajanjedogodek

happening

[ˈhæpnɪŋ]
A. N (= event) → suceso m, acontecimiento m (Theat) → happening m
B. ADJque es lo último, de lo último

happening

[ˈhæpənɪŋ]
n (= event) → événement m (= incident) → incident m

happening

n
Ereignis nt; (not planned) → Vorfall m; there have been some strange happenings in that housein dem Haus sind sonderbare Dinge vorgegangen
(Theat) → Happening nt
adj (inf: = exciting) → toll (inf), → geil (inf); the concert last night was really happeningdas Konzert gestern Abend war echt geil (sl)

happening

[ˈhæpnɪŋ] n (event) → avvenimento, evento; (in theatre) → happening m inv

happen

(ˈhӕpən) verb
1. to take place or occur; to occur by chance. What happened next?; It just so happens / As it happens, I have the key in my pocket.
2. (usually with to) to be done to (a person, thing etc). She's late – something must have happened to her.
3. to do or be by chance. I happened to find him; He happens to be my friend.
ˈhappening noun
an occurrence. strange happenings.
happen (up)on
to find by chance. He happened upon the perfect solution to the problem just as he was about to give up his research.

happening

n. suceso, hecho, acontecimiento;
What is ___?¿Qué sucede?, ¿qué pasa?
References in classic literature ?
If we assume, as science normally does, the continuity of physical processes, we are forced to conclude that, at the place where the plate is, and at all places between it and a star which it photographs, SOMETHING is happening which is specially connected with that star.
But when I speak of "appearances," I do so only for brevity: I do not mean anything that must "appear" to somebody, but only that happening, whatever it may be, which is connected, at the place in question, with a given physical object--according to the old orthodox theory, it would be a transverse vibration in the aether.
It is only in those cases in which the unity of the system of appearances constituting a piece of matter has to be broken up, that the statement of what is happening cannot be made exclusively in terms of matter.
1) We can collect together all the happenings in one place, as is done by photography so far as light is concerned;
2) We can collect together all the happenings, in different places, which are connected in the way that common sense regards as being due to their emanating from one object.
On the other hand, all the happenings in a given place represent what common sense would regard as the appearances of a number of different objects as viewed from that place.
An older person at such an hour and in such a place might think that sufficient was happening to him, and rest content.
There was never any telling what might happen, for with live things events were somehow always happening differently.
These mirrors tell and show that what is happening from both left and right sides behind us.
amp;nbsp;Twitter Happening Now will first cover sports-related tweets for now, but it will expand to other topics like entertainment and news moving forward.
Yet today we report on concerns such horrific, organised abuse could be happening in Cardiff; we just don't know about it.
We have thus prevented an increase in the costs of allowing things to happen by preventing them from happening even though we never allowed them in the first place.