passing

Something that's passing happens very quickly. If you give someone a passing glance, you look so briefly in their direction that you barely see them.

Passing is one of those versatile words with many different uses. A passing reference is a light, brief mention of something, and a passing grade is one that's high enough for you to pass a test. As a noun, passing often means "the end of something," like the passing of an era — while the passing of a person means death. When you talk about something "in passing," you mention it in a casual way.

Primary Meanings of passing

1.
adjn
lasting a very short time
the end of something
2.
nadj
(American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
of advancing the ball by throwing it
3.
nadj
success in satisfying a test or requirement
allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily
4.
n
the motion of one object relative to another
5.
adv
to an extreme degree
Full Definitions of passing
1

adj lasting a very short time

“a passing fancy”
Synonyms:
ephemeral, fugacious, short-lived, transient, transitory
impermanent, temporary
not permanent; not lasting

adj hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

“a passing glance”
Synonyms:
casual, cursory, perfunctory
careless
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

n the end of something

“the passing of winter”
Type of:
end, final stage, last
the concluding parts of an event or occurrence

n euphemistic expressions for death

“thousands mourned his passing
Synonyms:
departure, exit, expiration, going, loss, release
Type of:
death, decease, expiry
the event of dying or departure from life
2

n (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”
Synonyms:
pass, passing game, passing play
Types:
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aerial, forward pass
a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
lateral, lateral pass
a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
spot pass
a pass to a designated spot on the field; the receiver should arrive at that spot the same time the ball does
flare, flare pass
a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
screen pass
a short forward pass in which the receiver is protected by a screen of blockers
Type of:
football play
(American football) a play by the offensive team

adj of advancing the ball by throwing it

“a team with a good passing attack”
Synonyms:
pass
Antonyms:
running
of advancing the ball by running
3

n success in satisfying a test or requirement

Synonyms:
pass, qualifying
Antonyms:
failing, flunk
failure to reach a minimum required performance
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful

adj allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily

“a passing grade”
Synonyms:
satisfactory
giving satisfaction
4

n the motion of one object relative to another

“stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets”
Synonyms:
passage
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n 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”
Synonyms:
overtaking
Type of:
reordering
a rearrangement in a different order

n a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

“the passing of flatus”
Synonyms:
passage
Type of:
reaction, response
a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
5

adv to an extreme degree

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