passing


1pass·ing

noun \ˈpa-siŋ\

: the act of moving toward and beyond something

: a person's death

: the act of officially approving a bill, law, etc.

Full Definition of PASSING

:  the act of one that passes or causes to pass; especially :  death 1a
in passing
:  by the way :  incidentally

Examples of PASSING

  1. After her husband's passing, she moved to a smaller house.
  2. We all mourned his passing.

First Known Use of PASSING

14th century

2passing

adjective

: moving past someone or something

—used to talk about time that is going past

: lasting for only a short time

Full Definition of PASSING

1
:  going by or past <a passing pedestrian>
2
:  having a brief duration <a passing whim>
3
obsolete :  surpassing
4
:  superficial <a passing acquaintance> <a passing resemblance>
5
a :  of, relating to, or used in or for the act or process of passing <passing lanes>
b :  given on satisfactory completion of an examination or course of study <a passing grade>

Examples of PASSING

  1. Someone called out from a passing car.
  2. She sells flowers to passing motorists.
  3. Let's hope that these shoes are just a passing fad.
  4. a passing phase in childhood

First Known Use of PASSING

14th century

3passing

adverb

Definition of PASSING

:  to a surpassing degree :  exceedingly <passing strange>

Examples of PASSING

  1. <a passing strange turn of events>

First Known Use of PASSING

14th century

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