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Meaning & Definition of Passing in English

English

Passing

/pæsɪŋ/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • pass
  • ,
  • passing play
  • ,
  • passing game
  • ,
  • passing

2. Euphemistic expressions for death

  • "Thousands mourned his passing"
    synonym:
  • passing
  • ,
  • loss
  • ,
  • departure
  • ,
  • exit
  • ,
  • expiration
  • ,
  • going
  • ,
  • release

3. The motion of one object relative to another

  • "Stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
    synonym:
  • passing
  • ,
  • passage

4. The end of something

  • "The passing of winter"
    synonym:
  • passing

5. A bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

  • "The passage of air from the lungs"
  • "The passing of flatus"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • passing
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • qualifying

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • passing(a)
  • ,
  • pass(a)

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

  • "A passing grade"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • cursory
  • ,
  • passing(a)
  • ,
  • perfunctory

adverb

1. To an extreme degree

  • "Extremely cold"
  • "Extremely unpleasant"
    synonym:
  • extremely
  • ,
  • exceedingly
  • ,
  • super
  • ,
  • passing

Examples of using

He became more mature with the passing of the years.
Pythagoras used to say that he had received as a gift from Mercury the perpetual transmigration of his soul, so that it was constantly transmigrating and passing into all sorts of plants or animals.
A passing car splashed my coat with water.