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

The Board of Governors and members of Delaire Country Club mourn the passing of our esteemed member, Joseph Mele, on August 6, 2019. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 8/9," 9 Aug. 2019 The mayors’ letter also calls for the passing of H.R. 1112, which would strengthen background-check procedures before somebody with a federal firearms license could transfer a gun to a person without a license. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Buddy Dyer among 200 mayors urging Senate action on ‘bipartisan gun safety legislation’," 8 Aug. 2019 The two got the matching tats earlier this week to honor the passing of the Alaskan Klee Kai pup. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Makes Vinyl in the Summer Look Cool," 1 Aug. 2019 The wordless action is an exercise in hyperrealism, drawing attention to the slow passing of time and to the banal ways that mental illness manifests itself. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 CarPro Approved For Corvette fans, the passing of the baton from platform to platform has become a major milestone. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s first mid-engine Corvette debuts Thursday," 13 July 2019 To members of Mobile’s Greer family, a new downtown grocery market represents the passing of the torch as members of its fifth generation put their stamp on the family business. al.com, "New downtown Greer’s called ‘tipping point’ for Mobile," 10 July 2019 We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Former Kentucky football quarterback Jared Lorenzen dies at age 38," 2 July 2019 None of this is news to Giants fans, who will miss Bumgarner the way people mourn the passing of their family dog. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Yankees should trust their hearts, trade for Bumgarner," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Whether or not they’ll be utilized much in the passing game remains to be seen, but South Alabama’s tight ends are certainly important in the Jaguars’ power-spread attack. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama looking to get tight ends more involved in offense in 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 For that to happen, the new starters on defense will have to step up, and the passing game will still need to be good enough to keep opposing defenses from putting eight or more in the box. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "New class and district for Christian Academy, DeSales football, but they remain foes," 12 Aug. 2019 Early in the Clippers’ runaway win over the Lakers last Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center, Coffey jumped a passing lane for a steal, then raced down the court and finished with an easy dunk for two of his 15 first-half points. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Amir Coffey proves he belongs in NBA, finds a home with Clippers," 10 July 2019 Three: The sad-sack protagonist has passing experience of idealized France — generally a year abroad — and brings back superficial lessons to transform the lives of fellow sad-sacks. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Live Like a French Woman’ Books," 12 June 2018 Kehler makes a great save on Tyler Steenbergen after pretty passing by the Broncos, then stops Glenn Gawdin from the slot. Dylan Bumbarger, OregonLive.com, "Broncos 5, Winterhawks 3," 20 Jan. 2018 That means passing legislation in two successive sessions then putting the question on a statewide ballot. John Baer, Philly.com, "Wait. What? Pa. House to really shrink?," 9 Jan. 2018 In a pass-first league, Indianapolis faced a schedule in 2018 full of teams that wanted to establish the run, first and foremost, and then make plays in the passing game off of that. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' offseason: 7 key steps for Indianapolis as team tries to go from good to great," 20 July 2019 The good news is that ASU returns a handful of other players who were part of a passing game that averaged 232.69 yards per game. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU scouting report: No replacement for N'Keal Harry at wide receiver," 18 July 2019

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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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