What does passing mean?

Definitions for passing
ˈpæs ɪŋ, ˈpɑ sɪŋpass·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pass, passing play, passing game, passingnoun

    (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"

  2. passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, releasenoun

    euphemistic expressions for death

    "thousands mourned his passing"

  3. passing, passagenoun

    the motion of one object relative to another

    "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"

  4. passingnoun

    the end of something

    "the passing of winter"

  5. passage, passingnoun

    a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

    "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus"

  6. passing, overtakingnoun

    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"

  7. passing, pass, qualifyingadjective

    success in satisfying a test or requirement

    "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"

  8. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugaciousadjective

    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"

  9. passing(a), pass(a)adjective

    of advancing the ball by throwing it

    "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"

  10. passing(a)adjective

    allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily

    "a passing grade"

  11. casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctoryadverb

    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"

  12. extremely, exceedingly, super, passingadverb

    to an extreme degree

    "extremely cold"; "extremely unpleasant"

Wiktionary

  1. passingnoun

    Death, dying; the end of something.

  2. passingnoun

    The fact of going past; a movement from one place to another or a change from one state to another.

  3. passingnoun

    The act of approving a bill etc.

  4. passingnoun

    The act of passing a ball etc. to another player.

  5. passingnoun

    A form of juggling where several people pass props between each other, usually clubs or rings.

  6. passingadverb

    Surpassingly, greatly.

  7. passingadjective

    That passes away; ephemeral.

  8. passingadjective

    Pre-eminent, excellent.

  9. passingadjective

    vague, cursory.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Passingparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from pass.

    No strength of arms shall win this noble fort,
    Or shake this puissant wall, such passing might
    Have spells and charms, if they be said aright. Edward Fairfax.

    Sir Hudibras his passing worth,
    The manner how he sallied forth. Hudibras.

    Oberon is passing fell and wroth. William Shakespeare.

    Many in each region passing fair
    As the noon sky; more like to goddesses
    Than mortal creatures. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    She was not only passing fair,
    But was withal discreet and debonair. Dryden.

    While thus we stood as in a stound,
    Full soon by bonfire and by bell,
    We learnt our liege was passing well. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passing

    of Pass

  2. Passingnoun

    the act of one who, or that which, passes; the act of going by or away

  3. Passingadjective

    relating to the act of passing or going; going by, beyond, through, or away; departing

  4. Passingadjective

    exceeding; surpassing, eminent

  5. Passingadverb

    exceedingly; excessively; surpassingly; as, passing fair; passing strange

Freebase

  1. Passing

    Passing is the ability of a person to be regarded as a member of social groups other than his or her own, such as a different race, ethnicity, social class, gender, intelligence, age and/or disability status, generally with the purpose of gaining social acceptance. This may take the form of changing only one group from the person's own, such as a person's dressing so as to pretend to be of a higher social class. Etymologically, the term is simply a clipped form of the phrasal verb pass for or pass as, as in a counterfeit passing for the genuine article or an impostor passing as another person. It has been in popular use since at least the late 1920s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Passing

    pas′ing, adj. going by, through, or away: happening now: surpassing.—adv. exceedingly: very.—ns. Pass′ing-bell, a bell tolled immediately after a person's death, originally to invite prayers for the soul passing into eternity; Pass′ing-note (mus.), a smaller note marking a tone introduced between two others, to effect a smooth passage from the one to the other, but forming no essential part of the harmony.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3659

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3765

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passing' in Adjectives Frequency: #910

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passing in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of passing in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Cohen:

    As any parent knows, children are little disease vectors. We don't know precisely how effective children are at passing on the virus that causes Covid-19, but it's a big concern, also, while children don't get as sick from Covid-19 as adults do, they can become seriously ill. We should not be lulled into thinking children are immune to Covid-19.

  2. Bob Casey:

    After considering Judge Neil Gorsuch nomination seriously and without pre-judgment, and mindful of the awesome responsibility of passing judgments on Democrat Supreme Court nominees to the highest court in the nation, I do not believe Judge Gorsuch’s judicial approach will ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania, i have concluded that Judge Neil Gorsuch is not the right choice to fulfill this commitment -- I will not support Judge Neil Gorsuch nomination.

  3. Scott Stringer:

    We are all familiar with the events that lead to the death of Eric Garner and the extraordinary impact his passing has had on our City and our nation, i believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death while balancing my office’s fiscal responsibility to the City.

  4. Tuesday Earnest:

    We have been clear that if members of Congress needed an extra day or two in order to pass legislation, that the President would ensure the government did n’t shut down while they were going through the legislative mechanics of passing a bipartisan budget agreement.

  5. Glenn Youngkin:

    Terry McAuliffe is driving 45 miles an hour down Interstate 66, and I'm coming up 70 on the outside passing him, and I'm telling you what's about to happen : What's about to happen is we are going to sweep our statewide offices.

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Translations for passing

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • passatgerCatalan, Valencian
  • verrinnend, flüchtig, vorübergehendGerman
  • pasajero, superficial, muerte, paso, extremadamente, pase, somero, aprobación, excelenteSpanish
  • syöttö, ohitus, syöttäminen, ohimennen, peräti, poismeno, katoavainen, hyväksyminen, suurenmoinen, katoava, siirtyminen, syöttely, ohimenevä, läpimeno, loppu, ohittaminenFinnish
  • passager, passingFrench
  • [[զույգով]] [[ժոնգլյորություն]], [[խմբով]] [[ժոնգլյորություն]], թռուցիկ, ընդունում, անցում, մահ, փոխանցում, անցողիկ, անցնելը, շատ, գերազանց, չափազանց, մեռնելըArmenian
  • חוֹלֵףHebrew
  • vago, óbito, efêmero, passageiro, passagem, excelente, preeminente, ótimo, aprovação, passe, temporário, morte, extremamentePortuguese
  • выдаю́щийся, вскользь, смерть, передача, отли́чный, расплы́вчатый, принятие, чрезвычайно, жонглирование с партнёром, проходя́щий, переходRussian
  • đi quaVietnamese
  • פארבייגייענדיקYiddish

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