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passing

[pas-ing, pah-sing]
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adjective
  1. going by or past; elapsing: He was feeling better with each passing day.
  2. brief, fleeting, or fortuitous; transitory: to take a passing fancy to something.
  3. done, given, etc., in passing; cursory: a passing mention.
  4. surpassing, preeminent, or extreme.
  5. indicating satisfactory performance in a course, on a paper, in a test, etc.: a passing grade on a test.
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adverb
  1. surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
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noun
  1. the act of a person or thing that passes or causes something to pass.
  2. a means or place of passage.
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Idioms
  1. in passing, by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
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Origin of passing

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at pass, -ing2, -ing1
Related formspass·ing·ly, adverbpass·ing·ness, nounun·pass·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in passing

passing

adjective
  1. transitory or momentarya passing fancy
  2. cursory or casual in action or mannera passing reference
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adverb, adjective
  1. archaic to an extreme degreethe events were passing strange
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noun
  1. a place where or means by which one may pass, cross, ford, etc
  2. a euphemism for death
  3. in passing by the way; incidentallyhe mentioned your visit in passing
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Word Origin and History for in passing

passing

adv.

"in a (sur)passing degree, surpassingly," late 14c., from pass (v.).

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passing

n.

"death," 1869, verbal noun from pass (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with in passing

in passing

Incidentally, by the way, as in “It may be remarked in passing” (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]

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