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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.
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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
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