passing note


Definition of passing note

: a nonharmonic tone interposed between essential harmonic tones of adjacent chords

called also passing tone

Examples of passing note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks later, the teacher thought the boys were talking in class or possibly passing notes, approached them and confiscated a piece of paper — the page with the drawing. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge: First Amendment protected middle schooler's bomb drawing," 22 May 2020 Hong’s AP Statistics and AP Research teacher had students pass notes to one another. Christine Fernando, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana high school seniors grieve rites of passage lost to coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 While Choate worked with one student, others performed the online equivalent of passing notes in class, or firing spitballs. Steve Rubenstein,, "Coronavirus keeps these boys at home. So they turn on their computers, time to rehearse," 19 Mar. 2020 With Trump's team finished with its opening statements, which wrapped up Tuesday, senators will actually be encouraged to pass notes, but not to each other. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Next in the Trump impeachment trial: 16 hours of questions. How that will work," 29 Jan. 2020 After a heavy focus on immigration in prior debates, the subject was barely mentioned tonight save for one passing note from Julian Castro. WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Debate, Round Four -- Live Analysis," 16 Oct. 2019 Then the occasional reminder to keep things pushing along. Wednesday was a big day for impeachment trial followers who have ever passed notes in class that were read out loud. Louie Villalobos, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: What if we told you interesting stuff about politics?," 31 Jan. 2020 Tim Scott of South Carolina and Ben Sasse of Nebraska were passing notes between them and appeared to be laughing in the back of the chamber. NBC News, "Senate kills first Schumer amendment on party lines," 23 Jan. 2020 Taking the opportunity to be playful and sneaky, the girls excitedly tried to pass notes to each other without being spotted. Elizabeth Wolfe And Aj Willingham, CNN, "What one group of refugee girls is thankful for this Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of passing note

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Passing note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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