[syn: passing(a), pass(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pass \Pass\ (p[.a]s, p[a^]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Passed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Passing.] [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L.
passus step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay
open. See Pace.]
1. To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred
from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually
with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the
kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in,
etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass
to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the
field, beyond the border, etc. "But now pass over [i. e.,
pass on]." --Chaucer.
On high behests his angels to and fro
Passed frequent. --Milton.
Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
And from their bodies passed. --Coleridge.
2. To move or be transferred from one state or condition to
another; to change possession, condition, or
circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has
passed into other hands.
Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass
from just to unjust. --Sir W.
3. To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to
pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart;
specifically, to depart from life; to die.
Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak.
Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
The passing of the sweetest soul
That ever looked with human eyes. --Tennyson.
4. To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and
go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to
happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession;
to be present transitorily.
So death passed upon all men. --Rom. v. 12.
Our own consciousness of what passes within our own
mind. --I. Watts.
5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as,
their vacation passed pleasantly.
Now the time is far passed. --Mark vi. 35
6. To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and
taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain
general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate;
to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting
value or estimation. "Let him pass for a man." --Shak.
False eloquence passeth only where true is not
This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury.
7. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to
validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body
that has power to sanction or reject; to receive
legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution
passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.
8. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be
approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination,
but did not expect to pass.
9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to
continue; to live along. "The play may pass." --Shak.
10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance
or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.]
"This passes, Master Ford." --Shak.
12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]
As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot.
14. (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or
other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a
certain clause in a deed. --Mozley & W.
15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in
euchre, to decline to make the trump.
She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior.
To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and
To pass away, to disappear; to die; to vanish. "The heavens
shall pass away." --2 Pet. iii. 10. "I thought to pass
away before, but yet alive I am." --Tennyson.
To pass by, to go near and beyond a certain person or
place; as, he passed by as we stood there.
To pass into, to change by a gradual transmission; to blend
or unite with.
To pass on, to proceed.
To pass on or To pass upon.
(a) To happen to; to come upon; to affect. "So death
passed upon all men." --Rom. v. 12. "Provided no
indirect act pass upon our prayers to define them."
(b) To determine concerning; to give judgment or sentence
upon. "We may not pass upon his life." --Shak.
To pass off, to go away; to cease; to disappear; as, an
agitation passes off.
To pass over, to go from one side or end to the other; to
cross, as a river, road, or bridge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pass \Pass\, v. t.
1. In simple, transitive senses; as:
(a) To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to
proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a
house, a stream, a boundary, etc.
(b) Hence: To go from one limit to the other of; to spend;
to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to
suffer. "To pass commodiously this life." --Milton.
She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
(c) To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to
take no note of; to disregard.
Please you that I may pass This doing. --Shak.
I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
(d) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
And strive to pass . . .
Their native music by her skillful art.
Whose tender power
Passes the strength of storms in their most
desolate hour. --Byron.
(e) To go successfully through, as an examination, trail,
test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a
legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the
bill passed the senate.
2. In causative senses: as:
(a) To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one
person, place, or condition to another; to transmit;
to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter
passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from
hand to hand.
I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot
by Newbridge. --Clarendon.
(b) To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce;
hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
Father, thy word is passed. --Milton.
(c) To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on
with success through an ordeal, examination, or
action; specifically, to give legal or official
sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid
and just; as, he passed the bill through the
committee; the senate passed the law.
(e) To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to
pass counterfeit money. "Pass the happy news."
(f) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance;
as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a
3. To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.
4. (Naut.) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as
around a sail in furling, and make secure.
5. (Fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc. --Shak.
Passed midshipman. See under Midshipman.
To pass a dividend, to omit the declaration and payment of
a dividend at the time when due.
To pass away, to spend; to waste. "Lest she pass away the
flower of her age." --Ecclus. xlii. 9.
To pass by.
(a) To disregard; to neglect.
(b) To excuse; to spare; to overlook.
To pass off, to impose fraudulently; to palm off. "Passed
himself off as a bishop." --Macaulay.
To pass (something) on (some one) or To pass (something)
upon (some one), to put upon as a trick or cheat; to palm
off. "She passed the child on her husband for a boy."
To pass over, to overlook; not to note or resent; as, to
pass over an affront.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pass \Pass\, n. [Cf. F. pas (for sense 1), and passe, fr. passer
to pass. See Pass, v. i.]
1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing;
especially, one through or over some dangerous or
otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a
ford; as, a mountain pass.
"Try not the pass!" the old man said. --Longfellow.
2. (Fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike
an adversary. --Shak.
3. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the
manipulation of a mesmerist.
4. (Rolling Metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet,
etc., between the rolls.
5. State of things; condition; predicament.
Have his daughters brought him to this pass. --Shak.
Matters have been brought to this pass. --South.
6. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a
psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission;
as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy.
7. Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit. --Shak.
8. Estimation; character. [Obs.]
Common speech gives him a worthy pass. --Shak.
9. [Cf. Passus.] A part; a division. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
10. (Sports) In football, hockey, and other team sports, a
transfer of the ball, puck, etc., to another player of
one's own team, usually at some distance. In American
football, the pass is through the air by an act of
throwing the ball.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
Pass boat (Naut.), a punt, or similar boat.
(a) A book in which a trader enters articles bought on
credit, and then passes or sends it to the purchaser.
(b) See Bank book.
Pass box (Mil.), a wooden or metallic box, used to carry
cartridges from the service magazine to the piece.
Pass check, a ticket of admission to a place of
entertainment, or of readmission for one who goes away in
expectation of returning.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good
passing attack"; "a pass play" [syn: passing(a),
pass(a)] [ant: running(a)]
n 1: (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who
receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on
balls" [syn: base on balls, walk, pass]
2: (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for
3: (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" [syn: pass, passing play, passing game,
4: the location in a range of mountains of a geological
formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got
through the pass before it started to snow" [syn: pass,
mountain pass, notch]
5: any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit
had a strict time limit" [syn: pass, passport]
6: a document indicating permission to do something without
restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes"
[syn: pass, laissez passer]
7: a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; "the plane
turned to make a second pass"
8: a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs [syn:
pass, strait, straits]
9: a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a
head yesterday" [syn: pass, head, straits]
10: one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was
not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
11: you advance to the next round in a tournament without
playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round" [syn:
12: a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had
to show his pass in order to get out" [syn: pass, liberty
13: a complimentary ticket; "the star got passes for his family"
14: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it
a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, pass, whirl,
15: (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of
your team; "the pass was fumbled" [syn: pass, toss,
16: success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future
depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in
introductory chemistry" [syn: passing, pass,
qualifying] [ant: failing, flunk]
v 1: go across or through; "We passed the point where the police
car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
[syn: pass, go through, go across]
2: move past; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out
the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line
of soldiers surpassed the other" [syn: travel by, pass
by, surpass, go past, go by, pass]
3: make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation;
"They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people
spend their free time" [syn: legislate, pass]
4: pass by; "three years elapsed" [syn: elapse, lapse,
pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide
by, go along]
5: place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon,
please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over
the prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: pass, hand, reach,
pass on, turn over, give]
6: stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or
extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service
runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very
far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life";
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal
assets" [syn: run, go, pass, lead, extend]
7: travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn:
pass, overtake, overhaul]
8: come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place
off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed
important" [syn: happen, hap, go on, pass off,
occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place]
9: go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House"
[syn: pass, clear]
10: pass time in a specific way; "how are you spending your
summer vacation?" [syn: spend, pass]
11: pass over, across, or through; "He ran his eyes over her
body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He
drew her hair through his fingers" [syn: guide, run,
12: transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to
all employees"; "pass along the good news" [syn:
communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put
13: disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn:
evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet,
14: go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She
passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
[syn: pass, make it] [ant: bomb, fail, flunk,
15: be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our
expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
[syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past,
16: accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the
student although he was weak" [ant: fail]
17: allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed
as if unnoticed"
18: transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house
passed under his official control"
19: pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into
nirvana" [syn: sink, pass, lapse]
20: throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed"
21: be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land
returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir
that everybody had assumed to be dead" [syn: fall,
return, pass, devolve]
22: cause to pass; "She passed around the plates" [syn: pass,
23: grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript
for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this
slanderous biography" [syn: authorize, authorise,
24: pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and
functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer";
"The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went
peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of
102" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass
away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's
chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop
dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it] [ant: be
25: eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone" [syn:
excrete, egest, eliminate, pass]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
964 Moby Thesaurus words for "pass":
OK, abalienate, abandon, abysm, abyss, accept, access, accredit,
act like, administer, adopt, advance, affiliate, affirm,
aggrandize, agree to, aisle, alien, alienate, alley, allow,
ambulatory, amen, amortize, answer, ante, ante up, aperture,
approach, approval, approve, arcade, arise, arroyo, artery,
artful dodge, artifice, assign, attempt, authenticate, authority,
authorization, authorize, autograph, avail, avenue, back,
bag of tricks, barter, be all over, be annihilated, be at sea,
be blooded, be consumed, be destroyed, be done for, be equal to,
be found, be gone, be innocent of, be lost, be met with,
be no more, be past, be realized, be regarded as, be successful,
be wiped out, bear, bearings, beat, become extinct, become void,
befall, bequeath, bestow, bestride, bet, bet on, betide,
bill of health, bind, bite the dust, black out, blind, blink at,
blow over, bluff, bosey, bottleneck, bottom, bottom glade, bottoms,
bowl, box canyon, breach, break, breakers ahead, broadcast, buck,
bypass, call, canal, canyon, cardhouse, carry, carry over, case,
cash in, cast, catapult, catch, catch on, catch up with,
cause for alarm, cavity, cease, cease to be, cease to exist,
cease to live, cede, certify, change of pace, change-up, channel,
chap, chasm, check, chicanery, chimney, chink, chouse, chuck,
chunk, circulate, circumstance, clearance, cleft, cleuch, click,
climacteric, cloister, close, clough, clutch, col, collapse,
colonnade, come, come about, come across with, come along,
come down, come off, come on, come through, come to naught,
come to nothing, come to pass, come true, come up to, come up with,
communicate, communication, commute, complication,
complimentary ticket, condition, conduit, confer, confirm,
conk out, connect, connection, consecrate to, consign, constitute,
consume, contingency, continue, convergence of events, convey,
coquet with, corridor, cosign, coulee, couloir, countersign,
course, cover, cover ground, covered way, crack, cranny, crawl,
creep, crevasse, crevice, crisis, critical juncture,
critical point, croak, cross, crossroads, crucial period, cruise,
crunch, crux, curve, curve-ball, cut, cwm, dabble, dale, danger,
dangerous ground, dart, dash, deal, deal out, decease, declare,
decline, decree, dedicate to, deed, deed over, defecate, defile,
deliver, deliver over, dell, dematerialize, demise, depart,
depart this life, deport, design, develop, device, devolve upon,
devote, die, die away, die out, diffuse, dike, dingle, dirty deal,
dirty trick, disappear, disburse, discharge, discontinue, discount,
discount ticket, dismiss, dispel, dispense, disperse, dispose,
disregard, disseminate, dissipate, dissolve, distance, distribute,
ditch, do, do a fade-out, do it, dodge, dole, dole out, donga,
downcurve, drag, draw, drift, drop, dwindle, effort, effuse, egest,
elapse, elevate, eliminate, embarrassing position, embarrassment,
embrace, emergency, emit, employ, enact, enact laws, end,
endangerment, endeavor, endorse, endure, enfeoff, engage, ennoble,
erode, espouse, estate, evacuate, evanesce, evaporate, eventuate,
exalt, excavation, exceed, exchange, excrete, exigency, exit,
expel, expend, expire, export, express, extend, extradite,
extravasate, extremity, exudate, exude, fade, fade away, fade out,
fail, faint, fall, fall asleep, fall out, fare, fare forth,
farewell, fast deal, fastball, fault, feint, ferry, fetch, ficelle,
filibuster, fill, fill the bill, fine how-do-you-do, fire, fissure,
fix, flaw, flee, fleet, flight, fling, flip, flit, flow, flow on,
flume, fly, footing, ford, forget, forgo, fork, fork over, forsake,
forswear, forward, forward pass, fracture, free admission,
free pass, free ticket, freedom, fritter away, fulfill,
full pratique, furrow, gain ground, gain on, gain upon, gallery,
gambit, gamble, gang, gap, gape, gaping chasm, gash, gather head,
gathering clouds, get across, get ahead, get ahead of, get along,
get by, get over, get the floor, get through, gill, gimmick, give,
give in, give off, give out, give over, give over to,
give permission, give the go-ahead, give the imprimatur,
give thumbs up, give title to, give to, give up, give word, glen,
glide, go, go across, go ahead, go along, go around, go as,
go away, go beyond, go by, go fast, go forward, go great guns,
go in for, go off, go on, go out, go over, go over big, go to town,
go west, go-ahead, googly, gorge, graduate, green light, groove,
grove, guest pass, gulch, gulf, gully, hack it, hand, hand down,
hand forward, hand in, hand on, hand out, hand over, hap, happen,
have it, have its time, have no idea, have run out, have the floor,
hazard, heave, hell to pay, hide, hie, hinge, hobble, hocus-pocus,
hold, hold the field, hold up, hole, home thrust, hot water,
house of cards, how-do-you-do, hurl, hurtle, ignore, imbroglio,
imitate, impart, imperilment, impersonate, import,
improper suggestion, incision, incurve, indecent proposal, initial,
inlet, instance, interchange, intersection, intervale, issue,
isthmus, jab, jam, jeopardy, jerk, joint, joker, journey, juggle,
junction, juncture, just do, keel over, kick the bucket,
kick upstairs, kill, kloof, knight, know a little, know not,
know not what, know nothing of, knuckleball, lance, lane, lap,
lapse, last, lateral, lateral pass, launch, lay, lay a wager,
lay down, leak, leave behind, leave no trace, leave standing,
leave the scene, leave word, legislate, let fly, let go by,
let pass, liberty, lie, lob, lobby through, location, log, logroll,
lot, lunar rill, lunge, make a hit, make good time,
make head against, make headway, make known, make nothing of,
make over, make progress, make progress against, make strides,
make the grade, make up leeway, masquerade as, measure out, meet,
meet a bet, meet requirements, meet with success, melt, melt away,
melt like snow, menace, mess, metastasize, metathesize, mete,
mete out, mimic, mix, moat, modality, mode, morass, motion, move,
move along, move forward, move on, narrow, narrows, neck,
negotiate, not know, not rightly know, not understand, notarize,
notch, nullah, occupy, occur, offer, okay, omit, opening, ordain,
outcurve, outdistance, outdo, outgo, outlet, outmatch, outpace,
outrun, outsail, outshine, outstrip, overhaul, overlook, overpass,
overreach, overrun, overshoot, overshoot the mark, overstep,
overstride, overtake, paper, parcel out, parlay, parlous straits,
part, pass, pass along, pass around, pass as, pass away, pass by,
pass for, pass muster, pass off, pass on, pass out, pass over,
pass the buck, pass up, pass upon, passage, passageway, passport,
pay out, peg, peg out, pelt, perfuse, peril, perish, permission,
permit, peter out, pickle, pigeonhole, pinch, pitch, pitchfork,
place, play, play against, pledge, plight, ploy, plunge, pocket,
portico, portion out, pose as, position, posture, pratique,
predicament, prefer, press on, pretend to be, pretty pass,
pretty pickle, pretty predicament, prevail, proceed, progress,
promote, pronounce, proposal, proposition, prosper, protection,
punt, push, push on, put, put in, put in force, put off mortality,
put the shot, put through, quagmire, qualify, quicksand,
quit this world, railroad through, railroad tunnel, raise, rank,
ratify, ravine, reach, refuse, reject, relay, render, renounce,
rent, repair, report, request, resign, resolution,
retire from sight, return to dust, rift, rime, rise, risk, road,
rocks ahead, roll, roll logs, roll on, route, rub, rubber stamp,
run, run its course, run on, run out, rupture, ruse, safe-conduct,
safeguard, sanction, sashay, satisfy, say amen to, scheme,
scissure, scrape, scratch the surface, screwball, scurvy trick,
seal, seam, second, secrete, see, sell, send, send word, serve,
serve the purpose, service, set forth, settle, settle on,
sexual advance, share, share with, shift, shoot, shoot ahead of,
shot-put, shy, sign, sign and seal, sign away, sign over, signal,
sink, sink away, sinker, situation, skip, sleight, sleight of hand,
sleight-of-hand trick, slide, slider, slight, sling, slip,
slip away, slip by, slit, slot, slough, smatter, snap, spend,
spitball, spitter, split, spoon out, spot, spread, spurn, squeeze,
stab, stage, stake, stand, stand pat, stand the test, stand up,
standing, state, state of affairs, station, status, steal a march,
stem, step forward, step over, stew, sticky wicket, stop,
stop breathing, storm clouds, straddle, strait, straits, stratagem,
strath, stream, stretch, subscribe to, subterfuge, succeed,
succumb, suffer an eclipse, suffice, suggestion, support, surmount,
surpass, surrender, swamp, swear and affirm, swear to, sweep,
swing, switch, swoon, table, take, take it, take place,
take the floor, take up, tell, terminate, thin ice, threat, throat,
throw, thrust, tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope, tilt,
tolerate, top, toss, toy with, trade, traject, trajet, transcend,
transfer, transfer property, transfuse, transit, translate,
translocate, transmit, transpire, transplace, transplant,
transpose, transude, travel, trench, trial, trick, tricky spot,
trough, try, tunnel, turn, turn down, turn over, turning,
turning point, twofer, underpass, undersign, undertake, underwrite,
unholy mess, up, up and die, upcurve, upgrade, urinate, use up,
utter, vale, validate, valley, vanish, vanish from sight, veto,
visa, vise, void, wadi, wager, waive, warrant, waste, waste away,
way, wayfare, wear away, wear off, weep, wend, while, while away,
wile, will, wonder, wonder whether, work, work well, work wonders,
wot not of, yield the floor, yield the ghost, zero hour
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PASS, practice. To be given, or entered; to proceed; as, let the judgment
pass for the plaintiff.