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Dictionary Definition

passing adj
1 enduring a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but at is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms" [syn: ephemeral, 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" [syn: passing(a)]
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]
2 euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release]
3 the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets" [syn: passage]
4 the end of something; "the passing of winter"
5 a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus" [syn: passage]
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: 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: pass, qualifying] [ant: failing] adv : to an extreme degree or extent; "his eyesight was exceedingly defective" [syn: exceedingly, extremely]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Surpassingly, greatly, quite.
    • 1995, William Patrick Kinsella, The Winter Helen Dropped By, chapter 1, excerpted in George Melnyk and Tamara Palmer Seiler (editors), The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose, University of Calgary Press (2003), ISBN 1552380793, page 155,
      “Every story,” Daddy said, “is about sex or death, or sometimes both.”
      “What about your baseball stories?” said I, thinking myself more than passing clever.


  1. A death.


  1. present participle of pass

Extensive Definition

Pass(ing) may refer to:

Movement or route past an object

  • Half-pass, a movement in dressage, in which the horse moves forward and sideways at the same time
  • Mountain pass, a lower place in a mountain range allowing easier passage
  • Pass, of a compiler, is a run of a code processor in a computer programming language compiler
  • Pass (sleight of hand), a sleight of hand move
  • The Pass, a sleight of hand move
  • Making a pass, an attempt at romantic seduction
  • First pass effect, a phenomenon of drug metabolism whereby the concentration of a drug is greatly reduced before it reaches the systemic circulation
  • Passing or overtaking, when a faster vehicle moves in front of a slower one on a road
    • Passing lane, a lane on a road for use while overtaking
    • Passing loop, a section of double track on a single-line railway where trains can pass each other
  • Passing feces, defecation
  • Passing water, urination
  • Passing, approval of a proposed law by a legislative body
  • Passing away, a euphemism for dying
  • Passing out, losing consciousness
  • Passing out, graduation from a military academy
  • Two pass verification or double data entry, a data entry quality control method


  • Pass, a ticket for unlimited admission, discounts, etc
  • Backstage pass, an employee pass for backstage areas of a performance venue
  • Press pass or press card, a document granting special privilege or access to journalists
  • Transit pass or bus pass, a ticket for unlimited travel on buses, trains etc
    • Eurail pass, a pass issued by Eurail Group for trains and buses in Europe
    • E-ZPass, an electronic toll collection system used on most tolled roads, bridges, and tunnels in the northeastern United States
    • Indrail Pass, a railway pass for Indian railways available to foreign nationals
    • I-PASS, an electronic toll-collection system used by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
    • Railroad Pass, a ticket that can be used to travel on a railroad
    • Universal Transit Pass or U-Pass, unlimited access to local transit for students
  • Pass (United States military), permission for military personnel to be away from their unit for a short period in the U.S. military
  • Pass laws, laws in apartheid South Africa designed to segregate the population and limit the movements of the non-white populace
  • Hall pass, a token allowing a pupil to visit the restroom in school

Passing from one person or thing to another

Passing off or passing as

  • Passing off, in law, presenting one product as another
  • Passing (sociology), to present oneself off as a member of another sociological group, such as:
    • Passing (disability), a disabled person presenting themselves as not being disabled or as being less disabled than they really are
    • Passing (ethnic group), a member of one ethnic group presenting themselves as a member of another
    • Passing (gender), a person of one sex presenting themselves as a member of the opposite gender, or an intersexed person presenting themselves as a chosen gender
    • Passing (racial identity), a person of one race presenting themselves as a member of another
    • Passing (sexual orientation), a person of one sexual orientation presenting themselves as another
    • Passing (social class), a person of one social class presenting themselves as a member of another




Films and theatre




  • Joe Pass (Joseph Anthony Passalaqua, 1929–1994), jazz musician
passing in German: Passe
passing in French: Passe
passing in Japanese: パス
passing in Portuguese: Passe
passing in Swedish: Pass (olika betydelser)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandonment, abrupt, accidental, accompanying, act, ado, advance, advancement, afloat, afoot, aggrandizement, ambulant, ambulative, ambulatory, annihilation, ascending, axial, back, back-flowing, backward, bane, biological death, blackout, blocking, boost, brief, brittle, by the by, by the way, capricious, casual, cessation of life, changeable, circuit-riding, circumstantial, clinical death, concurrent resolution, constitution, corruptible, crossing the bar, current, cursory, curtains, death, death knell, debt of nature, decampment, decease, deciduous, dematerialization, demise, departure, descending, disappearance, disappearing, dismissive, dispersion, dissipation, dissolution, dissolving, doing, doom, down-trending, downward, drifting, dying, ebb of life, eclipse, egress, elevation, elimination, en passant, enaction, enactment, end, end of life, ending, ennoblement, ephemeral, erasure, escape, eternal rest, evacuation, evanescence, evanescent, evaporating, evaporation, eventuating, exaltation, exit, exodus, expeditionary, expeditious, expiration, expiring, expiry, extinction, extinguishment, fadeaway, fadeout, fading, festinate, feverish, fickle, final summons, finger of death, fleeting, flight, flitting, flowing, fluent, fly-by-night, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, furious, getaway, glancing, globe-girdling, globe-trotting, going, going off, going on, graduation, grave, gyrational, gyratory, hand of death, happening, hasty, hegira, hurried, immediate, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, in hand, in passing, in the wind, incidental, incidentally, inconstant, instant, insubstantial, itinerant, itinerary, jaws of death, joint resolution, journeying, knell, knighting, last debt, last muster, last rest, last roundup, last sleep, last-minute, lawmaking, leaving, leaving life, legislation, legislature, locomotive, loss, loss of life, making an end, melting, momentary, mortal, mounting, moving, mundivagant, mutable, nondurable, nonpermanent, occasional, occultation, occurring, on, on foot, on the spot, on tour, ongoing, parenthetically, parting, passage, passing away, passing over, pay raise, pedestrian, perambulating, perambulatory, peregrinative, peregrine, peripatetic, perishable, perishing, pilgrimlike, plunging, preferment, prevailing, prevalent, progressing, progressive, promotion, prompt, quick, quietus, raise, reflowing, refluent, regressive, release, removal, resolution, rest, resultant, retirement, retreat, retrogressive, reward, rise, rising, rotary, rotational, rotatory, running, rushing, sentence of death, shades of death, shadow of death, short-lived, sideward, silence, sinking, slap-bang, slapdash, sleep, slipping away, snap, soaring, somatic death, speedy, streaming, strolling, summary, summons of death, superficial, swift, taking place, temporal, temporary, touring, touristic, touristy, transient, transitional, transitive, transitory, traveling, trekking, under way, undurable, unenduring, unstable, up-trending, upgrading, upping, upward, urgent, vanishing, vanishing point, volatile, walking, walkout, wayfaring, wipe, withdrawal
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