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(1)   Lasting a very short time
"The ephemeral joys of childhood"
"A passing fancy"
"Youth's transient beauty"
"Love is transitory but at is eternal"
"Fugacious blossoms"


(2)   To an extreme degree or extent
"His eyesight was exceedingly defective"


(3)   Success in satisfying a test or requirement
"His future depended on his passing that test"
"He got a pass in introductory chemistry"
(4)   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"
(5)   (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"
(6)   A bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
"The passage of air from the lungs"
"The passing of flatus"
(7)   The end of something
"The passing of winter"
(8)   The motion of one object relative to another
"Stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
(9)   Euphemistic expressions for death
"Thousands mourned his passing"


  1. Surpassingly, greatly, quite.
    • 1995, William Patrick Kinsella, The Winter Helen Dropped By, chapter 1, excerpted in George Melnyk and Tamara Palmer Seiler (editors), The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose, University of Calgary Press (2003), ISBN 1552380793, page 155,
      “Every story,” Daddy said, “is about sex or death, or sometimes both.”
      “What about your baseball stories?” said I, thinking myself more than passing clever.


  1. A death.
  2. A form of juggling where several people pass props between each other, usually clubs or rings.


  1. passing
    • Le passing, ou comment jongler à plusieurs. (www.multiloisirs.com)