WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
show•ing /ˈʃoʊɪŋ/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  1. the act of putting something on display.
  2. a performance considered for the impression it makes:The first woman candidate from that district made a strong showing at the polls.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

showing /ˈʃəʊɪŋ/ n
  1. a presentation, exhibition, or display
  2. manner of presentation; performance

show /ʃəʊ/ vb (shows, showing, showed, shown, showed)
  1. to make, be, or become visible or noticeable: to show one's dislike
  2. (transitive) to present to view; exhibit: he showed me a picture
  3. (transitive) to indicate or explain; prove: to show that the earth moves round the sun
  4. (transitive) to exhibit or present (oneself or itself) in a specific character: to show oneself to be trustworthy
  5. (tr; followed by how and an infinitive) to instruct by demonstration: show me how to swim
  6. (transitive) to indicate or register: a barometer shows changes in the weather
  7. (transitive) to grant or bestow: to show favour to someone
  8. (intransitive) to appear: to show to advantage
  9. to exhibit, display, or offer (goods, etc) for sale: three artists were showing at the gallery
  10. (transitive) to allege, as in a legal document: to show cause
  11. to present (a play, film, etc) or (of a play, etc) to be presented, as at a theatre or cinema
  12. (transitive) to guide or escort: please show me to my room
  13. show into conduct a person into a room or building by opening the door for him
  14. show outto conduct a person out of a room or building by opening the door for him
  1. a display or exhibition
  2. a public spectacle
  3. an ostentatious or pretentious display
  4. a theatrical or other entertainment
  5. a trace or indication
  6. a discharge of blood at the onset of labour
  7. US Austral NZ informal a chance; opportunity (esp in the phrases give someone a show, he's got no show of winning, etc)
  8. for showin order to attract attention
  9. run the showinformal to take charge of or manage an affair, business, etc
  10. steal the showto draw the most attention or admiration, esp unexpectedly
  11. stop the showinformal to be received with great enthusiasm

See also show off, show upEtymology: Old English scēawian; related to Old High German scouwōn to look, Old Norse örskār careful, Greek thuoskoos seer

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