passing note


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

called also passing tone

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 While Choate worked with one student, others performed the online equivalent of passing notes in class, or firing spitballs. Steve Rubenstein,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 30 May. 2023.

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