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Definition of "passing" []

  • Moving by; going past: The child waved to the passing cars. (adjective)
  • Of brief duration; transitory: a passing fancy. (adjective)
  • Cursory or superficial; casual: a passing glance. (adjective)
  • Allowing one to pass a test, course of study, inspection, or examination; satisfactory: a passing grade. (adjective)
  • Archaic Very or great; surpassing: "'Tis a passing shame” ( Shakespeare). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "passing" in a sentence
  • "And now one had touched him so completely that a mere glance over her shoulder without a word passing between them had made him follow her."
  • "Mentioned in passing is the kids 'multi-racial background: Dad is black, mom was white."
  • "And yes, accusing someone of "intergalactic war-mongering" even in passing is one and only one thing:"