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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    adv 1: to an extreme degree; "extremely cold"; "extremely
           unpleasant" [syn: extremely, exceedingly, super,
    adj 1: lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of
           childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient
           beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal";
           "fugacious blossoms" [syn: ephemeral, passing,
           short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious]
    2: of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good
       passing attack"; "a pass play" [syn: passing(a), pass(a)]
       [ant: running(a)]
    3: allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection)
       satisfactorily; "a passing grade"
    4: hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; "a
       casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's
       structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"
       [syn: casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctory]
    n 1: (American football) a play that involves one player
         throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a
         passing play on third and long" [syn: pass, passing
         play, passing game, passing]
    2: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
       passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit,
       expiration, going, release]
    3: the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar
       passings can perturb the orbits of comets" [syn: passing,
    4: the end of something; "the passing of winter"
    5: a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to
       another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of
       flatus" [syn: passage, passing]
    6: going by something that is moving in order to get in front of
       it; "she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car
       on the road frightened me" [syn: passing, overtaking]
    7: success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future
       depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in
       introductory chemistry" [syn: passing, pass,
       qualifying] [ant: failing, flunk]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Pass \Pass\ (p[.a]s, p[a^]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Passed; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Passing.] [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L.
   passus step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay
   open. See Pace.]
   1. To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred
      from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually
      with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the
      kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in,
      etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass
      to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the
      field, beyond the border, etc. "But now pass over [i. e.,
      pass on]." --Chaucer.
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            On high behests his angels to and fro
            Passed frequent.                      --Milton.
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            Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
            And from their bodies passed.         --Coleridge.
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   2. To move or be transferred from one state or condition to
      another; to change possession, condition, or
      circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has
      passed into other hands.
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            Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass
            from just to unjust.                  --Sir W.
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   3. To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to
      pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart;
      specifically, to depart from life; to die.
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            Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak.
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            Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
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            The passing of the sweetest soul
            That ever looked with human eyes.     --Tennyson.
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   4. To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and
      go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to
      happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession;
      to be present transitorily.
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            So death passed upon all men.         --Rom. v. 12.
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            Our own consciousness of what passes within our own
            mind.                                 --I. Watts.
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   5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as,
      their vacation passed pleasantly.
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            Now the time is far passed.           --Mark vi. 35
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   6. To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and
      taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain
      general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate;
      to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting
      value or estimation. "Let him pass for a man." --Shak.
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            False eloquence passeth only where true is not
            understood.                           --Felton.
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            This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury.
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   7. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to
      validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body
      that has power to sanction or reject; to receive
      legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution
      passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.
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   8. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be
      approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination,
      but did not expect to pass.
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   9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to
      continue; to live along. "The play may pass." --Shak.
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   10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance
       or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
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   11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.]
       "This passes, Master Ford." --Shak.
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   12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]
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             As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
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   13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot.
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   14. (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or
       other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a
       certain clause in a deed. --Mozley & W.
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   15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
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   16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in
       euchre, to decline to make the trump.
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             She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior.
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   To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and

   To pass away, to disappear; to die; to vanish. "The heavens
      shall pass away." --2 Pet. iii. 10. "I thought to pass
      away before, but yet alive I am." --Tennyson.

   To pass by, to go near and beyond a certain person or
      place; as, he passed by as we stood there.

   To pass into, to change by a gradual transmission; to blend
      or unite with.

   To pass on, to proceed.

   To pass on or To pass upon.
       (a) To happen to; to come upon; to affect. "So death
           passed upon all men." --Rom. v. 12. "Provided no
           indirect act pass upon our prayers to define them."
           --Jer. Taylor.
       (b) To determine concerning; to give judgment or sentence
           upon. "We may not pass upon his life." --Shak.

   To pass off, to go away; to cease; to disappear; as, an
      agitation passes off.

   To pass over, to go from one side or end to the other; to
      cross, as a river, road, or bridge.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Passing \Pass"ing\, n.
   The act of one who, or that which, passes; the act of going
   by or away.
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   Passing bell, a tolling of a bell to announce that a soul
      is passing, or has passed, from its body (formerly done to
      invoke prayers for the dying); also, a tolling during the
      passing of a funeral procession to the grave, or during
      funeral ceremonies. --Sir W. Scott. --Longfellow.
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Passing \Pass"ing\, a.
   1. Relating to the act of passing or going; going by, beyond,
      through, or away; departing.
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   2. Exceeding; surpassing, eminent. --Chaucer. "Her passing
      deformity." --Shak.
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   Passing note (Mus.), a character including a passing tone.

   Passing tone (Mus.), a tone introduced between two other
      tones, on an unaccented portion of a measure, for the sake
      of smoother melody, but forming no essential part of the
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5. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Passing \Pass"ing\, adv.
   Exceedingly; excessively; surpassingly; as, passing fair;
   passing strange. "You apprehend passing shrewdly." --Shak.
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