passing

noun
pass·​ing | \ ˈpa-siŋ How to pronounce passing (audio) \

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

His daughter, the television host and political commentator Meghan McCain, posted a statement to Twitter following his passing. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "John McCain Is Dead at 81," 26 Aug. 2018 In San Diego the passing of the jag king was the signal for a hilarious celebration, lasting, in many instances, until the wee hours of this morning. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 1, 1919: Prohibition begins," 1 July 2018 At Starbucks Florence, one of Kramer's co-workers said the tragic passing has been unbearable. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Burlington homicides: Still more questions than answers after mother, son killed," 30 Mar. 2018 His passing is a terrible loss for the medical community, and he will be truly missed. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "UAB doctor dead after reported assault while on vacation in Mexico," 1 Mar. 2018 Iowa State maintained control with crisp passing, balanced offense and enough rebounding, while the Jayhawks relied heavily on Lawson, who had 15 points and eight boards at the break. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Lawson’s double-double lifts No. 9 KU past No. 24 Cyclones," 22 Jan. 2019 Monday morning, Marshall spoke to Today about her grandfather's passing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 For many people here, the passing of the years is marked in Davosian time. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "From Covington Catholic to an Uneasy Davos," 25 Jan. 2019 Of course, changes were made to the interior of the structure due to the passing of time. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Monahan tied it at 2 with a power-play goal with 1:18 left in the second, finishing a pretty passing sequence. Jay Cohen, The Seattle Times, "Gaudreau scores twice as Flames beat Blackhawks 4-3," 7 Jan. 2019 Rob Likens was elevated to offensive coordinator after spending last season as the team’s passing coordinator, so his familiarity with Wilkins should make the transition to a new style of play a lot smoother. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arizona State counts on Herm Edwards to lead revival, is No. 79 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 June 2018 Michigan currently has passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, offensive line coach Ed Warinner and wide receivers coach Jim McElwain on staff. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Jim Harbaugh unsure if he'll name an OC this year," 3 June 2018 Munoz spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the Ragin' Cajuns serving as the team's wide receivers coach from 2011-15 as well as in 2017, the offensive coordinator in 2016 and the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008-10. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU adds former Louisiana-Lafayette assistant Jorge Munoz to staff: source," 1 Feb. 2018 Police only ticketed two motorists last month under the state’s new left lane law, which fines drivers up to $90 for going to slowly in the passing lane. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Just 2 drivers ticketed in first month of Idaho's new 'slowpoke' law," 1 Aug. 2018 The city council’s effort to deny the disciples a permit for a printing plant with 111 workers in Antelope may also be a passing phase. David Sarasohn, The New Republic, "Antelope’s Last Stand," 12 Apr. 2018 And if the 21-7 win over the Vikings on Monday night was less than artful, the Seahawks get a passing grade for that, too. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Stock Watch: Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks in their 21-7 win over the Vikings," 10 Dec. 2018 Wilson is throwing the ball 30% less than last season, but his passing yards per attempt are up 12.5%. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Oh, So Now the Seahawks Want to Run the Ball," 14 Dec. 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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passing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of passing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of moving toward and beyond something
used to talk about the movement of time usually + of
formal : a person's death

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 How to pronounce passing (audio) \

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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