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.
living or being known as a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic group other than one's own, especially living and being known as a white person although of Black ancestry: Employees with a passing racial identity expressed frequent discomfort in the workplace.
Sometimes Offensive. being known or perceived as a gender other than the one assigned at birth: Passing women who dress and live as men have existed throughout history.The environment might be safer for a passing trans man than for someone who is obviously transgender.
surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
the act of a person or thing that passes or causes something to pass.
a means or place of passage.
Idioms about passing
in passing, by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
- pass·ing·ly, adverb
- pass·ing·ness, noun
- un·pass·ing, adjective
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How to use passing in a sentence
And the houses stood drawn up in a row alongside the track to watch for these passings.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
Ten passings of the pilgrims off to Mecca His wife has lain in that sarcophagus, Embalmed and waiting, as he thinks, to rise.The Immortal Lure | Cale Young Rice
Her mother knew its times and seasons, and its passings into abeyance, not into extinction.The Story of Louie | Oliver Onions
My muse has other things to sing of besides rallies and charges, scrimmages and drop kicks, touch-downs and passings.The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch | Talbot Baines Reed
Outside still lay the broad avenues of dark where one heard strange passings; where one was in touch with the ungoverned.The Web of the Golden Spider | Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for passing
transitory or momentary: a passing fancy
cursory or casual in action or manner: a passing reference
archaic to an extreme degree: the 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; incidentally: he mentioned your visit in passing
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