Definitions of passing

  1.   hasty and without attention to detail not thorough a casual or cursory inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws a passing glance perfunctory courtesy
  2.   euphemistic expressions for death thousands mourned his passing
  3.   enduring a very short time the ephemeral joys of childhood a passing fancy youth's transient beauty love is transitory but at is eternal fugacious blossoms
  4.   to an extreme degree or extent his eyesight was exceedingly defective
  5.   going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me
  6.   success in satisfying a test or requirement his future depended on his passing that test he got a pass in introductory chemistry
  7.   a football play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate the coach sent in a passing play on third and long
  8.   football of advancing the ball by throwing it a team with a good passing attack a pass play
  9.   the motion of one object relative to another stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets
  10.   a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another the passage of air from the lungs the passing of flatus
  11.   the end of something the passing of winter
  12.   allowing you to pass e g an examination or inspection satisfactorily a passing grade
  13.   moving by or going past the passing cars
  14.   American football a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate the coach sent in a passing play on third and long
  15.   of advancing the ball by throwing it a team with a good passing attack a pass play
  16.   of Pass
  17.   The act of one who or that which passes the act of going by or away
  18.   Relating to the act of passing or going going by beyond through or away departing
  19.   Exceeding surpassing eminent
  20.   Exceedingly excessively surpassingly as passing fair passing strange
  21.   Going by beyond or through departing as the passing hour casual as a passing comment
  22.   The act of going by departure
  23.   Going by surpassing
  24.   Surpassingly
  25.   In a surpassing degree exceedingly
  26.   Exceedingly surpassingly
  27.   Over
  28.   Supremely excellent eminent departing
  29.   Surpassingly exceedingly
  30.   The act of going past the act of carrying through all the regular forms as a bill through Parliament

Quotes of passing

  1. I regret the passing of the studio system I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent – Lucille Ball
  2. The mood in which my book was conceived and executed was in fact to some extent a passing one – F. H. Bradley
  3. A whim a passing mood readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts – C. S. Forester
  4. The U S couldn't even get rid of Saddam Hussein And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad They'll be killing each other again in less than a year I'm sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits – Bill Gates
  5. Well I like to the game of serve and volley but it's very tough you know against the best players because they return so good and their passing shots are really good So it's really tough to get there with those players – Daniela Hantuchova
  6. Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists other new insights begin – Hermann Hesse
  7. Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way – Joichi Ito
  8. Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another only a look and a voice then darkness again and a silence – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. Aging gracefully is supposed to mean trying not to hide time passing and just looking a wreck Don't worry girls look like a wreck that's the way it goes – Jeanne Moreau
  10. If we fix a goal and work towards it then we are never just passing time – Anna Neagle
  11. I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad – Larry Niven
  12. But with each passing year and each new study the evidence for the genetic contribution to individual and group differences becomes more firmly established than ever – J. Philippe Rushton
  13. We are reminded how short life really is and how we are just passing through So all the people you haven't told you love lately tell them and live your days like you mean it – Hal Sutton
  14. Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America – Theodore White

Usage examples for passing

  1. And one really doesn't notice their passing – East of the Shadows by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
  2. The emperor who was sitting near a window saw them passing by and sent word for them to come up – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  3. Richard heard their conversation in passing – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  4. It was only a passing look – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  5. “ Henry asked no further question but he felt more than a passing interest in what he had heard – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  6. “ Is this the rock of which you spoke that we are now passing – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  7. Here she was passing as a widow under the name of Fenham ” – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  8. “ Alfonzo he continued I know full well what is yet passing in your mind – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. If one of my own dear boys was grown up and passing his Christmas alone in a strange land – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  10. Some there were to whom the passing of the years would mean no more in this world – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  11. My mother stopped her as she was passing and turning to me said that this was a young person she was sure I should be glad to see the daughter of an old friend of mine – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. Through all those three months passing hour by hour and day by day she could assure herself that when he had come and gone she would be at rest again things would be as before with her – The King's Stratagem and Other Stories by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. The horses were passing on their way to the post – The Man Who Could Not Lose by Richard Harding Davis
  14. The young man's face seemed as I thought 'twas but a passing fancy but I thought it was familiar – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  15. “ For he had felt the cold passing him – Uncanny Tales by Mary Louisa Molesworth
  16. There would be little opportunity for fast open field work or much passing – Over the Line by Harold M. Sherman
  17. The door stood open and a maid passing along the hall paused to look in – Princess Polly At Play by Amy Brooks
  18. “ I say good by to the passing year and welcome the new year – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  19. “ I do all these other things I read I think I study but all the while I am merely passing the time – The Journal of Arthur Stirling "The Valley of the Shadow" by Upton Sinclair
  20. “ I am as happy as a Man can be that is in myself I should be happy if Tom was well and I knew you were passing pleasant days ” – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats