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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.


Domain categoryfootball, football game


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

SamplesA passing grade.



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



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.


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.


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.


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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