[ pas-ing, pah-sing ]
/ ˈpæs ɪŋ, ˈpɑ sɪŋ /
going by or past; elapsing: He was feeling better with each passing day.
brief, fleeting, or fortuitous; transitory: to take a passing fancy to something.
done, given, etc., in passing; cursory: a passing mention.
surpassing, preeminent, or extreme.
indicating satisfactory performance in a course, on a paper, in a test, etc.: a passing grade on a test.
surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
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in passing, by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
Related formspass·ing·ly, adverbpass·ing·ness, nounun·pass·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in passing
/ (ˈpɑːsɪŋ) /
transitory or momentarya passing fancy
cursory or casual in action or mannera passing reference
archaic to an extreme degreethe events were passing strange
a place where or means by which one may pass, cross, ford, etc
a euphemism for death
in passing by the way; incidentallyhe mentioned your visit in passing
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Idioms and Phrases with in passing
Incidentally, by the way, as in “It may be remarked in passing” (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]
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