What does passing mean?

Definitions for passing
ˈpæs ɪŋ, ˈpɑ sɪŋpass·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word passing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pass, passing play, passing game, passing(noun)

    (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, release(noun)

    euphemistic expressions for death

    "thousands mourned his passing"

  3. passing, passage(noun)

    the motion of one object relative to another

    "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"

  4. passing(noun)

    the end of something

    "the passing of winter"

  5. passage, passing(noun)

    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, overtaking(noun)

    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, qualifying(adj)

    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, fugacious(adj)

    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)(adj)

    of advancing the ball by throwing it

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

  10. passing(a)(adj)

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

    "a passing grade"

  11. casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctory(adverb)

    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, passing(adverb)

    to an extreme degree

    "extremely cold"; "extremely unpleasant"

Wiktionary

  1. passing(Noun)

    Death, dying; the end of something.

  2. passing(Noun)

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

  3. passing(Noun)

    The act of approving a bill etc.

  4. passing(Noun)

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

  5. passing(Noun)

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

  6. passing(Adverb)

    Surpassingly, greatly.

  7. passing(Adjective)

    That passes away; ephemeral.

  8. passing(Adjective)

    Pre-eminent, excellent.

  9. passing(Adjective)

    vague, cursory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passing

    of Pass

  2. Passing(noun)

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

  3. Passing(adj)

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

  4. Passing(adj)

    exceeding; surpassing, eminent

  5. Passing(adverb)

    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.

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

How to pronounce passing?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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How to say passing in sign language?

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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. Susan Collins:

    Our time would be better spent on passing bills that fix the many significant flaws in the law, rather than passing a repeal bill that’s going to be vetoed.

  2. Stephen Jay Gould:

    “Speciation does not necessarily promote evolutionary change; rather, speciation 'gathers in' and guards evolutionary change by locking and stabilization for sufficient geological time within a Darwinian individual of the appropriate scale. If a change in a local population does not gain such protection, it becomes—to borrow Dawkins's metaphor at a macroevolutionary scale—a transient duststorm in the desert of time, a passing cloud without borders, integrity, or even the capacity to act as a unit of selection, in the panorama of life's phylogeny.”

  3. Secretary Baker:

    That last day was really a very, very gentle and peaceful passing for Former Secretary.

  4. Marcus Terentius Varro:

    The longest part of the journey is said to be the passing of the gate.

  5. Katie Rainsberger:

    The reason that my finish mattered was because all my teammates were passing people in the last straightaway. Every single person was fighting for spots—it wasn’t all me, there were really so many other things that had to fall into the place.

Images & Illustrations of passing

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Translations for passing

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  • passatgerCatalan, Valencian
  • flüchtig, verrinnend, vorübergehendGerman
  • extremadamente, aprobación, somero, superficial, excelente, pase, muerte, pasajero, pasoSpanish
  • syöttäminen, loppu, ohimenevä, siirtyminen, syöttö, ohimennen, peräti, hyväksyminen, suurenmoinen, katoavainen, ohitus, katoava, läpimeno, ohittaminen, poismeno, syöttelyFinnish
  • passing, passagerFrench
  • մեռնելը, չափազանց, գերազանց, շատ, անցնելը, անցողիկ, փոխանցում, անցում, [[զույգով]] [[ժոնգլյորություն]], թռուցիկ, ընդունում, [[խմբով]] [[ժոնգլյորություն]], մահArmenian
  • ótimo, excelente, passe, extremamente, morte, temporário, aprovação, passageiro, preeminente, passagem, efêmero, vago, óbitoPortuguese
  • вскользь, передача, отли́чный, принятие, чрезвычайно, переход, выдаю́щийся, проходя́щий, жонглирование с партнёром, расплы́вчатый, смертьRussian
  • đi quaVietnamese
  • פארבייגייענדיקYiddish

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