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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pass \Pass\ (p[.a]s, p[a^]s), verb (used without an object) [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. Temple.

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. --Dryden.

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 understood. --Felton.

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. --Shak.

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 {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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Passing \Pass"ing\, noun The act of one who, or that which, passes; the act of going by or away.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Passing \Pass"ing\, adjective

1. Relating to the act of passing or going; going by, beyond, through, or away; departing.

2. Exceeding; surpassing, eminent. --Chaucer. "Her passing deformity." --Shak.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Passing \Pass"ing\, adverb Exceedingly; excessively; surpassingly; as, passing fair; passing strange. "You apprehend passing shrewdly." --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: to an extreme degree; "extremely cold"; "extremely unpleasant" [syn: {extremely}, {exceedingly}, {super}, {passing}]


1: lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms" [syn: {ephemeral}, {passing}, {short-lived}, {transient}, {transitory}, {fugacious}]

2: 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)}]

3: allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily; "a passing grade"

4: 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" [syn: {casual}, {cursory}, {passing(a)}, {perfunctory}]


1: (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}, {passing}]

2: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: {passing}, {loss}, {departure}, {exit}, {expiration}, {going}, {release}]

3: the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets" [syn: {passing}, {passage}]

4: the end of something; "the passing of winter"

5: a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus" [syn: {passage}, {passing}]

6: 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" [syn: {passing}, {overtaking}]

7: 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}]

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