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Definition of passing (noun)

  1. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  2. euphemistic expressions for death
  3. the motion of one object relative to another
    • "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
    • synonyms: passage
  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"
    • synonyms: passage
  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"
    • synonyms: overtaking
  7. success in satisfying a test or requirement
    • "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
    • synonyms: pass, qualifying
    • antonym: failing

PASSING adjective

Definition of passing (adjective)

  1. lasting a very short time
  2. of advancing the ball by throwing it
    • "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"
    • synonyms: pass
    • antonym: running
  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"
    • synonyms: casual, cursory, perfunctory

PASSING adverb

Definition of passing (adverb)

  1. to an extreme degree
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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