1. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate;
- Example: "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
[syn: pass, passing play, passing game, passing]
2. euphemistic expressions for death;
- Example: "thousands mourned his passing"
[syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release]
3. the motion of one object relative to another;
- Example: "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
[syn: passing, passage]
4. the end of something;
- Example: "the passing of winter"
5. a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another;
- Example: "the passage of air from the lungs"
- Example: "the passing of flatus"
[syn: passage, passing]
6. going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it;
- Example: "she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me"
[syn: passing, overtaking]
7. success in satisfying a test or requirement;
- Example: "his future depended on his passing that test"
- Example: "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
[syn: passing, pass, qualifying]
1. lasting a very short time;
- Example: "the ephemeral joys of childhood"
- Example: "a passing fancy"
- Example: "youth's transient beauty"
- Example: "love is transitory but it is eternal"
- Example: "fugacious blossoms"
[syn: ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious]
2. of advancing the ball by throwing it;
- Example: "a team with a good passing attack"
- Example: "a pass play"
[syn: passing(a), pass(a)]
3. allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily;
- Example: "a passing grade"
4. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough;
- Example: "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"
- Example: "a passing glance"
- Example: "perfunctory courtesy"
[syn: casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctory]
1. to an extreme degree;
- Example: "extremely cold"
- Example: "extremely unpleasant"
[syn: extremely, exceedingly, super, passing]
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. [1913 Webster] On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths, And from their bodies passed. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass from just to unjust. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] The passing of the sweetest soul That ever looked with human eyes. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] So death passed upon all men. --Rom. v. 12. [1913 Webster] Our own consciousness of what passes within our own mind. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly. [1913 Webster] Now the time is far passed. --Mark vi. 35 [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] False eloquence passeth only where true is not understood. --Felton. [1913 Webster] This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along. "The play may pass." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass. [1913 Webster] 11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.] "This passes, Master Ford." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust. [1913 Webster] 16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in euchre, to decline to make the trump. [1913 Webster] She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior. [1913 Webster] To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and Come. 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." --Jer. Taylor. (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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Passing \Pass"ing\, n. The act of one who, or that which, passes; the act of going by or away. [1913 Webster] Passing bell, a tolling of a bell to announce that a soul is passing, or has passed, from its body (formerly done to invoke prayers for the dying); also, a tolling during the passing of a funeral procession to the grave, or during funeral ceremonies. --Sir W. Scott. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Passing \Pass"ing\, a. 1. Relating to the act of passing or going; going by, beyond, through, or away; departing. [1913 Webster] 2. Exceeding; surpassing, eminent. --Chaucer. "Her passing deformity." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Passing note (Mus.), a character including a passing tone. Passing tone (Mus.), a tone introduced between two other tones, on an unaccented portion of a measure, for the sake of smoother melody, but forming no essential part of the harmony. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Passing \Pass"ing\, adv. Exceedingly; excessively; surpassingly; as, passing fair; passing strange. "You apprehend passing shrewdly." --Shak. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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