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Overview of noun passing

The noun passing has 7 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (7) pass, passing play, passing game, passing

((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")

2. (1) passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release

(euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing")

3. passing, passage

(the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets")

4. passing

(the end of something; "the passing of winter")

5. passage, passing

(a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus")

6. passing, overtaking

(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")

7. passing, pass, qualifying

(success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry")


Overview of verb pass

The verb pass has 25 senses? (first 19 from tagged texts)
1. (32) pass, go through, go across

(go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind")

2. (31) travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, pass

(move past; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other")

3. (29) legislate, pass

(make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time")

4. (17) elapse, lapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along

(pass by; "three years elapsed")

5. (13) pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give

(place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers")

6. (8) run, go, pass, lead, extend

(stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets")

7. (8) pass, overtake, overhaul

(travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks")

8. (7) happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place

(come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important")

9. (4) pass, clear

(go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House")

10. (3) spend, pass

(pass time in a specific way; "how are you spending your summer vacation?")

11. (3) guide, run, draw, pass

(pass over, across, or through; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers")

12. (3) communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put across

(transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news")

13. (3) evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet, pass

(disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off")

14. (2) pass, make it

(go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now")

15. (1) exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top

(be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year")

16. (1) pass

(accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak")

17. (1) pass

(allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed")

18. (1) pass

(transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house passed under his official control")

19. (1) sink, pass, lapse

(pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into nirvana")

20. pass

(throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed")

21. fall, return, pass, devolve

(be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead")

22. pass, make pass

(cause to pass; "She passed around the plates")

23. authorize, authorise, pass, clear

(grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography")

24. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it

(pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102")

25. excrete, egest, eliminate, pass

(eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone")


Overview of adj passing

The adj passing has 4 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (2) ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious

(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")

2. passing, pass

(of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play")

3. passing

(allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily; "a passing grade")

4. casual, cursory, passing, perfunctory

(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")


Overview of adv passing

The adv passing has 1 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. extremely, exceedingly, super, passing

(to an extreme degree; "extremely cold"; "extremely unpleasant")

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