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

Brian started Big Wreck with Ian in their dorm in Boston and his passing is a profound loss to us all. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Brian Doherty, Co-Founder of Canadian Rock Band Big Wreck, Dies at 51," 7 June 2019 Strengths: Nevada's offense clicked late last season and the passing game would be considered the top strength if quarterback Ty Gangi was returning. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 80 Nevada pushes to move up in Mountain West," 6 June 2019 Her passing is cause for true sadness for all those who had the good fortune to appear before her in her magnificent courtroom. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Ellen Bree Burns, first female federal judge in Connecticut, dies at 95," 4 June 2019 When the time comes, the passing of the Queen is sure to trigger both acute grief and uncertainty in Britain and around the world. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?," 25 Mar. 2019 The couple also released a full joint statement on Franklin's passing. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barack and Michelle Obama Mourn the Loss of Aretha Franklin with Moving Messages," 16 Aug. 2018 The Facebook page RattayCavenders also shared their condolences on the passing of the Texas business man. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Cavender's founder, Texas icon dies at the age of 87," 29 May 2018 The $5 million investment from the foundation is contingent on the passing of a bond referendum that would add $50 million to the Housing Trust Fund, which subsidizes low-income housing. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "This group has a $5 million plan for Charlotte affordable housing. Here's the catch. | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 The Division of Student Life has updated its statement on the passing of a student at Lake Shasta. CBS News, "University of Oregon faces heat for "insensitive" statement on student's death," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But after The Defenders, crossovers shrank into cameos, which became passing references in dialogue. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Marvel-Netflix Universe’s Final Hero," 14 June 2019 This Hall of Famer was a key part of the early passing boom in the NFL in the late 1930s and early '40s for Washington. Simmi Buttar, chicagotribune.com, "The NFL has had great nicknames in its history. Here are some of the best.," 14 June 2019 The unit gave up at least 300 yards passing during half of the team’s games while also allowing a passing touchdown in 10 of the 12 games. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 72 Toledo pushes for MAC title," 13 June 2019 The project has been debated for almost 80 years, with frustration and anger building with the passing time. NBC News, "Mississippi residents flooded out for four months say the EPA could save them but won't," 13 June 2019 The idea is to hook a passing fish anywhere in its body before dragging it to shore. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Working the night shift: Snagging salmon in Seward," 11 June 2019 Red Red Rocks As dawn breaks on Uluru, the massive monolith takes on its characteristic red glow, emanating luminous hues that can tint passing clouds orange. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Dazzling Celestial Displays—and Where to See Them," 8 Apr. 2019 Construction crews working nearby saw the man climb the fence and flagged down a passing police officer. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Man killed after jumping off overpass onto Highway 101," 4 June 2019 Last year the Buccaneers defense gave up the most total yards, the most passing yards and the third-most rushing touchdowns of anyone in the NFL. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "NFC South Offseason Report Cards: Bucs, Saints Boost Defense; Falcons Brace for Negotiations with Julio Jones," 26 June 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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More Definitions for passing

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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