To pass by

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pass by To disregard; to neglect
    • To pass by to go near and beyond a certain person or place; as, he passed by as we stood there.
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Quotations

  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows. He breathes, but does not live.”
  • Omar Nelson Bradley
    Omar Nelson Bradley
    “We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

Usage

In literature:

One was a broken fellow who took for granted that she preferred to pass him by in the street.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
It was impossible to pass around by the Mississippi, on account of the batteries at Vicksburg.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
She motioned her companion to take a seat by her side, and smiled softly as she felt a strong arm passed about her waist.
"Lady of the Barge and Others, Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
The paths made by the Indians are only broad enough for one person to pass at a time.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
Seized from the Picts by Norse vikings, they passed to James III.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Cortes used every effort to rally his men, but all in vain, and was wounded in the leg at the narrow pass by some of the enemy from the canoes.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. IV." by Robert Kerr
From dreams, in sleep or swoon, of a character difficult to believe in we pass by way of "hallucinations" to ghosts.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
A merchant happening to pass by, he sold it to him for a trifle and bought a gown and a long bonnet.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
From the pass of Mount Victoria I travelled to Bathurst by an entirely new road, opened in a direction first recommended by me in 1827.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
I attempted to pass the question by; but nothing would do, and I had to confess I slept under the canopy of heaven.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
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In poetry:

The proud, the happy chose it not,
The careless pass'd it by,
It grew unheeded of the blest,
To be the lost one's joy.
"Sent To A Friend With A Wild Flower, Called "The Simpler's Joy"" by Caroline Fry
To pass the peaceful dwellings by,
No stranger eye might guess
Those scenes of joy and agony,
Of discord and distress.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
So, by Thy grace in HIM to-day,
In Him be every soul for aye
When Heaven and Earth have passed away:
GOD the SPIRIT, hear us.
"Confirmation Litany Hymn" by Samuel John Stone
She passed by the loving couples,
She turned her head away;
She passed by the loving couples,
And they didn't ask her to stay.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
"What ails the world?" he sings and sighs;
No answer cometh to his cry.
He asks the earth and asks the sky --
The echoes of his song pass by
Unanswered -- and the poet dies.
"What Ails The World?" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Waiting, weary waiting, as the hours creep slowly by,
Waiting, sadly waiting, unnoticed by those passing nigh;
Waiting, daily waiting, with fire alive in heart and brain,
Waiting, yearly waiting, seeming but to wait for pain.
"Waiting, Ever Waiting" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

Garner signaled for her to pass by.
Brevard County prepares for Hurricane Sandy to pass by .
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie released a statement blasting the push by Republicans leaders in the Senate to pass legislation that would mandate voters have a photo ID to vote.
Many of you have nominated people you know, but there was one letter that we just could not pass up, and it was written to us by Jacob Boudreaux.
Contributors have given $340 million to pass and defeat the 11 measures on this November's statewide ballot, by my count.
Although April 23 has passed, it's not too late to support By Design Day 2011, which raises money for Behind the Scenes in the US and Canada and Light Relief in the UK.
State lawmakers committed to passing education overhaul by end of the year.
The bill, passed by the House last week and pending before a Ohio Senate committee, amounts to a virtual ban on Internet cafes .
The Westchester County Board of Legislators is expected to pass a resolution tonight asking the New York Public Service Commission to investigate the response to Sandy by the local electricity companies.
Ranchers stricken by drought are expressing frustration at Congress' failure to pass disaster aid legislation before taking a five-week break.
Marquette guard Jake Thomas (23) looks to pass while being defended by USC's J.T.
The Idaho Education Association teachers' union wants to repeal those sweeping education changes passed by the Legislature last year.
A motion to eliminate the board was made, passing by a 5-1 vote, advancing it as part of the three-reading rule.
The Democrat from West Virginia spoke on the Senate floor Thursday, helping lead efforts to pass a resolution to end the war in Afghanistan by 2014.
But the Lions were able to rally by Elis 29-26 on a last-minute touchdown pass in New York.
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In science:

By using the ideas of Section 7, we are able to pass the χ2 test for McL at the 0.05 significance level.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
Oscillating integrals with analyticity properties can often be better analyzed by finding saddle points and shifting contours to pass through them.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
With the exception of the Red Rectangle where reddening is due to the ejected envelope of a post asymptotic giant branch star, targets were chosen primarily by three criteria: (1) sightlines known to pass through diffuse clouds; (2) early spectral type; and (3) bright L-band magnitude.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
Finally, if we were in a situation where S ⊂ Q, then we could avoid using Lemma 4.1 altogether by clearing denominators to pass to Z and then take Q ≈ exp(exp(C n)), as is done in .
On the singularity probability of discrete random matrices
Since for every fixed ω the functions {S ε a (·, ·, ω)}ε>0 are equiLipschitz–continuous, we derive that the same limit is attained by S ε a (0, q , ω), as ε goes to 0, for ω ∈ Ωq , and stays unaffected passing from ω to τz ω for all z ∈ RN , which in turn implies that it is almost surely constant by ergodicity.
A metric analysis of critical Hamilton--Jacobi equations in the stationary ergodic setting
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