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 Just like talking during class is a problem; passing notes; daydreaming. Deborah Alexander, New York Daily News, 13 June 2024 One day, Kolberg said, she got caught passing notes in school to a girl sitting next to her. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 2 June 2024 Terrell-Camper has seen couples institute non-negotiables when trying it, scheduling intimate dinners, phone-free conversations, passing notes, and having couch dates to maintain a strong connection. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 16 Mar. 2024 When Gore held a hearing on genetic engineering — at a time when scientists were sharply divided on the emerging capabilities — Sharples sat beside the congressman, passing notes and prompting him to probe further. Michael Laris, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Trump’s lawyers have repeatedly complained about the clerk passing notes to the judge during testimony, a practice the attorneys suggest is inappropriate and unfair to them. Byjennifer Peltz, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 It’s all so vibrant, yet with a core of blueberries, flowers, and a passing note of licorice that really keep it centered. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 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, 22 May 2020 Hong’s AP Statistics and AP Research teacher had students pass notes to one another. Christine Fernando, Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passing note was in 1730

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Cite this Entry

“Passing note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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