AskDefine | Define going

Dictionary Definition

going adj : in full operation; "a going concern" [syn: going(a)]

Noun

1 act of departing [syn: departure, going away, leaving]
2 euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, release]
3 advancing toward a goal; "persuading him was easy going"; "the proposal faces tough sledding" [syn: sledding]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈgəʊɪŋ/, /"g@UIN/
  • (US) /ˈgoʊɪŋ/, /"goUIN/
  • Hyphenation: go·ing

Etymology 1

Verb

going
  1. present participle of go

Etymology 2

From , present participle of gon

Noun

  1. The suitability of ground for advancing.
    The going was very difficult over the ice.
  2. Figuratively, conditions for advancing in any way.
    Not only weren't the streets paved with gold, but the going was difficult for an immigrant.

Adjective

  1. Likely to continue; viable.
    He didn't want to make an unsecured loan to the business because it didn't look like a going concern.

Extensive Definition

Going is the term used to describe the surface of a racetrack in the run up to a horse racing meeting. The going is determined by the amount of moisture in the ground and is assessed by an official steward on the day of the meeting.
There are seven grades of surface, which are:
  • heavy
  • soft
  • good to soft
  • good
  • good to firm
  • firm
  • hard
The 'hard' grade is rarely used, as a racetrack with this type of surface is generally deemed to be dangerous to both horses and jockeys.
For artificial surfaces the official grades are:
  • fast
  • standard to fast
  • standard
  • standard to slow
  • slow
going in Japanese: 馬場状態

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandonment, accepted, acting, active, activity, actuation, affluent, ambulant, ambulative, ambulatory, annihilation, ascending, at work, axial, back, back-flowing, backward, bad, bane, biological death, blackout, blocking, booming, cessation of life, circuit-riding, clinical death, common, commutation, contemporary, course, crossing, crossing the bar, current, curtains, customary, death, death knell, debt of nature, decampment, decease, dematerialization, demise, departure, descending, despaired of, disappearance, disappearing, dispersion, dissipation, dissolution, dissolving, done for, doom, down-trending, downward, drifting, dying, dynamics, ebb of life, eclipse, effective, egress, elimination, end, end of life, ending, erasure, escape, eternal rest, evacuation, evanescence, evaporation, exit, exodus, expeditionary, expiration, expiring, extinction, extinguishment, facing death, fadeaway, fadeout, fading, final summons, finger of death, flight, flourishing, flowing, fluent, flying, functional, functioning, getaway, given up, globe-girdling, globe-trotting, going off, going on, grave, growing, gyrational, gyratory, hand of death, hegira, hopeless, in articulo mortis, in exercise, in extremis, in force, in hand, in operation, in play, in practice, in process, in the works, inaction, incapable of life, itinerant, itinerary, jaws of death, journeying, kinematics, kinesipathy, kinesis, kinesitherapy, kinetics, knell, last debt, last muster, last rest, last roundup, last sleep, leaving, leaving life, locomotion, locomotive, loss of life, low, making an end, melting, mobilization, moribund, motion, motivation, mounting, move, movement, moving, mundivagant, near death, nonviable, occultation, on foot, on the fire, on tour, ongoing, operating, operational, parting, passage, passing, passing away, passing over, pedestrian, perambulating, perambulatory, peregrinative, peregrine, peripatetic, perishing, pilgrimlike, plunging, present, prevailing, prevalent, progress, progressing, progressive, prospering, prosperous, quietus, reflowing, refluent, regressive, release, removal, rest, restlessness, retirement, retreat, retrogressive, reward, rising, rotary, rotational, rotatory, running, rushing, sentence of death, shades of death, shadow of death, sideward, sinking, sleep, slipping, slipping away, soaring, somatic death, stir, stirring, streaming, strolling, succeeding, successful, summons of death, terminal, thriving, touring, tourism, touristic, touristry, touristy, traject, trajet, transit, travel, traveling, trekking, universal, unrest, up-trending, upward, usual, vanishing, vanishing point, velocity, walking, walkout, wayfaring, wealthy, wipe, withdrawal, working
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