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English adjective: passing

1. passing lasting a very short time


SamplesThe ephemeral joys of childhood.
A passing fancy.
Youth's transient beauty.
Love is transitory but it is eternal.
Fugacious blossoms.


Synonymsephemeral, fugacious, short-lived, transient, transitory


Similarimpermanent, temporary


Antonymslasting, permanent

2. passing of advancing the ball by throwing it


SamplesA team with a good passing attack.
A pass play.


Synonymspass


Domain categoryfootball, football game


Antonymsrunning

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


SamplesA passing grade.


Similarsatisfactory


Antonymsunsatisfactory

4. passing hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough


SamplesA casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws.
A passing glance.
Perfunctory courtesy.


Synonymscasual, cursory, perfunctory


Similarcareless


Antonymscareful


English noun: passing

1. passing (act) (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate


SamplesThe coach sent in a passing play on third and long.


Synonymspass, passing game, passing play


Broader (hypernym)football play


Narrower (hyponym)aerial, forward pass, lateral, lateral pass, spot pass


Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

2. passing (event) euphemistic expressions for death


SamplesThousands mourned his passing.


Synonymsdeparture, exit, expiration, going, loss, release


Broader (hypernym)death, decease, expiry


Domain usageeuphemism

3. passing (event) the motion of one object relative to another


SamplesStellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets.


Synonymspassage


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

4. passing (event) the end of something


SamplesThe passing of winter.


Broader (hypernym)end, final stage, last

5. passing (act) a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another


SamplesThe passage of air from the lungs.
The passing of flatus.


Synonymspassage


Broader (hypernym)reaction, response

6. passing (act) going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it


SamplesShe drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me.


Synonymsovertaking


Broader (hypernym)reordering

7. passing (act) success in satisfying a test or requirement


SamplesHis future depended on his passing that test.
He got a pass in introductory chemistry.


Synonymspass, qualifying


Broader (hypernym)success


Antonymsflunk, failing


English adverb: passing

1. passing to an extreme degree


SamplesExtremely cold.
Extremely unpleasant.


Synonymsexceedingly, extremely, super









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