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

Nelson rushed for 12 carries on 63 yards, while senior quarterback Nate Kent had 73 passing yards to go with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Football: Liberty ‘mentally prepared’ for rest of season after Linganore," 10 Sep. 2019 Ohio State had a total of 508 yards — 270 rushing and 238 passing — and registed 31 first downs. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football names 20 players as champions from win over Cincinnati," 9 Sep. 2019 After Garoppolo’s pick, Shanahan called runs on 25 of their final 45 plays, although two of the runs were kneel-downs and the 49ers’ 20-7 third-quarter lead didn’t lend itself to more passing. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Examining the warts in 49ers’ inelegant season-opening victory," 9 Sep. 2019 Don’t pin it all on the secondary After giving up 471 passing yards to LSU, Texas now ranks 127th out of 129 FBS teams in passing yards allowed. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns notebook: Texas expects RB Ingram to bounce back," 9 Sep. 2019 Lamar Jackson had 324 passing yards (17-20 for a 85% completion rate), 5 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 158.3. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "The Ravens and Terps both had offensive gems this weekend. Here’s how they did it.," 9 Sep. 2019 Springs now has 545 rushing yards and 9 TDs, plus 2 passing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Week 3: Prep football notable stories, performances," 7 Sep. 2019 Ray Kasl, Livonia Stevenson: Racked up 176 passing yards and two touchdowns on only five completions in the Spartans’ 35-0 victory over Westland John Glenn. Detroit Free Press Staff Reports, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Here's who starred in Week 2," 6 Sep. 2019 Bryant’s 423 passing yards accounted for close to 80 percent of Missouri’s offense in a humiliating loss at Wyoming. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "When the Quarterback Earns a Degree and Switches Colleges," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nevada’s offense combines a wide open passing scheme with a more traditional one-back and tight end run scheme led by Toa Taua. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon respects composure Nevada’s Carson Strong showed in leading comeback, can Ducks rattle freshman QB?," 5 Sep. 2019 Rodgers tossed six touchdowns in the first half, which tied a NFL record for most passing scores in one half (Daryle Lamonica did it on Oct. 19, 1969 for the Oakland Raiders). Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Aaron Rodgers, Packers have dealt Bears some devastating losses. Here are QB's five biggest moments," 5 Sep. 2019 To most people, this would be a passing bit of trivia. Diane Bairand Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to the Lake Winnipesaukee of the South," 4 Sep. 2019 This is a passing phase in the history of the Conservative Party. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson faces another possible rebellion as Parliament debates Brexit delay," 4 Sep. 2019 The Tigers have not been known for strong passing offenses recently, but that appears to have changed thanks to new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "10 things we learned during college football Week 2," 1 Sep. 2019 Whether the city is less chaotic was not clear, as the plaza was awash with skateboards, rental bikes, vendors selling bent spoon jewelry, a man lip-syncing to Frank Sinatra for tips, and the clang of a passing antique streetcar. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Step back in history at the Ferry Building, before the days of $5 coffee," 31 Aug. 2019 Both numbers come in just under six percent of the passing game production. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "How much will Ohio State football throw to its deep tight end group in 2019?," 23 Aug. 2019 When a hungry octopus catches sight of the passing crab, it attacks, wrapping its arms tightly around its prize. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 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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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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