definition of happening by The Free Dictionary

happening - an event that happenshappening – an event that happens    

event – something that happens at a given place and time
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
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
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”
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”
destiny, fate – an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
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”
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”

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