passing

noun
pass·​ing | \ˈpa-siŋ \

Definition of passing 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: the act of one that passes or causes to pass especially : death sense 1a

in passing

: by the way : incidentally

passing

adjective

Definition of passing (Entry 2 of 3)

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

5a : 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

passing

adverb

Definition of passing (Entry 3 of 3)

: to a surpassing degree : exceedingly passing strange

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Examples of passing in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

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

Adverb

a passing strange turn of events
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The District Attorney’s Office is saddened to announce the passing of Assistant DA Ben Selecman… District Attorney Glen Funk said the DA’s Office is thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson Country. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Country star Alan Jackson's son-in-law dies after slipping on boat dock," 15 Sep. 2018 The '78 team featured the passing of Eddie Smith to All-America wide receiver Kirk Gibson. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Darryl Rogers funeral: Arrangements set for ex-Detroit Lions, MSU coach," 13 July 2018 The Board of Governors and members of Delaire Country Club mourn the passing of our esteemed member, Simone Spies, on July 6, 2018. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2018 The video was played at the 24th annual A Celebration of Reading event in Houston that took place April 19, just days following the passing of Mrs. Bush. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "See Barbara Bush in a mascot costume in Bush Houston Literacy Foundation video," 23 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The Spurs announced the passing of Erin Popovich in a statement released early Wednesday night. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Erin Popovich dies at 67," 18 Apr. 2018 Earlier this week, cinephiles noted the passing of French actor, director, and producer André S. Labarthe, best known for the legendary documentary TV series Cinéastes de notre temps (1964-72) and its follow up, Cinéma, de notre temps (1993-2016). Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / History / LGBT / On Video Five must-see films about film," 9 Mar. 2018 In the attacking half, Modric has completed 117 passes, more than double any other Croatia player, and as his pass zone chart shows, his passing has been on a high level in both volume and accuracy. Paul Carr, SI.com, "World Cup Quarterfinalists By the Numbers: Key Stat for Each Team," 4 July 2018 The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko | https://t.co/ers1vGAlQ3 https://t.co/O3bvTDoQvE — Gorilla Foundation (@kokotweets) June 21, 2018 Koko was born 46 years ago at the San Francisco Zoo. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Koko the gorilla who could sign, owned kitten, dies," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The mission’s primary goal is to establish communications among the minute satellites through an approach called mesh networking, which involves passing messages to nearby satellites so that information eventually propagates to all the Sprites. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 The critical frequency at which this transition happens will change in response to a passing radio wave, so the light from that second laser beam will flicker in response. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 Corey Clement will spell him and likely handle more passing-game work, but health is the only thing standing between Ajayi and a 250-carry season in one of the league’s premier offenses. Michael Beller, SI.com, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 The biggest boon for the passing game might be the full return of tight end Greg Olsen, who missed nine games in 2017 with a foot injury. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Panthers training camp questions: What can Norv Turner do for Cam Newton?," 6 July 2018 OTAs are more or less passing camps, and the running backs have received their share of passes. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: The cornerback competition; What's up with Isaac Seumalo?; Mike Wallace shines," 7 June 2018 Those speeds should generate more passing and maybe even a little chaos. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "999 passes through 4 races promise action-packed IndyCar Grand Prix," 10 May 2018 Even with Kerryon Johnson, Auburn averaged more passing yards than rushing yards per game last season. James Crepea, AL.com, "5 questions facing Auburn's offense after spring practice," 12 Apr. 2018 At least some of this traces to Curry’s uncommon blend of humility and confidence, and Durant’s willingness to expand his game (better defense, more passing). Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors rendered the high-flying Clippers obsolete," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of passing

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for passing

passing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of passing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of moving toward and beyond something

: a person's death

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

passing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of passing (Entry 2 of 2)

: moving past someone or something

—used to talk about time that is going past

: lasting for only a short time

passing

adjective
pass·​ing | \ˈpa-siŋ \

Kids Definition of passing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : going by or past passing cars

2 : lasting only for a short time a passing fad

3 : showing haste or lack of attention a passing glance

4 : used for going past passing lanes

5 : showing satisfactory work in a test or course of study a passing mark

passing

noun

Kids Definition of passing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of going by or going away We await the passing of winter.

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