pass on


  • One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
    One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pass on transmit information "Please communicate this message to all employees","pass along the good news"
    • v pass on move forward, also in the metaphorical sense "Time marches on"
    • v pass on cause be distributed "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
    • v pass on give to or transfer possession of "She passed the family jewels on to her daughter-in-law"
    • v pass on place into the hands or custody of "hand me the spoon, please","Turn the files over to me, please","He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    • v pass on transmit (knowledge or skills) "give a secret to the Russians","leave your name and address here","impart a new skill to the students"
    • v pass on refer to another person for decision or judgment "She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess and Ribby pass on the street Dutchess and Ribby pass on the street
Iris passes on her message Iris passes on her message

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average a person passes gas 14 times a day
    • Pass on to go forward: to proceed
    • Pass on to come upon, to happen to: to give judgment or sentence upon: to practise artfully, to impose upon, to palm off
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.”
  • Mickey Rooney
    Mickey Rooney
    “You always pass failure on the way to success.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. passer—It. passarepassus, a step.


In literature:

The bill was passed on the 16th by a vote of 47 ayes to 37 nays, Gallatin voting in the negative.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Going forward, on the 18th they passed through Simbug, the frontier village of Ludamar.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
This seemed to amuse him mightily, for he gave way to a quiet and very peculiar laugh, which I heard as I passed on towards the ship.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
We passed each other on opposite tacks as the line-of-battle ship stood on towards the frigates.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The night passed on, and both midshipmen fell asleep.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our ranks were now fearfully thinned, yet the brave fellows passed on to the third line of defenses which was also captured.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The years passed on, and William Gale was now no longer in the infants' ward, but took his place in the boys' school.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
Firing ceased on both sides at about eight o'clock, and we passed through the woods to our left and went into park on the opposite side.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
We travelled on the flat all the time, but we passed on either side a great many low mounds of sand and gravel.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Late in the afternoon we passed on the left bank a hill 120 ft. high, belonging to a range that extended from E.S.E.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But the day passed on, and, to their intense relief, they saw nothing to indicate that the captives were executed.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
Our boat soon returned and gave me an account of what had passed on shore.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
As he passed on a feeling of sadness came stealing over him, which after it had fairly taken possession he could not get rid of.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Having passed several more islands, he again anchored, on the 3rd of August, on the south-east side of Erromango.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The fog passed on, and then one day came a slaty gray sea and a slaty sky.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
The day advanced; she continued to gain, and towards evening she passed on our weather-side.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Without passion, without prejudice, but also without pity and without remorse, the machine crushes and passes on.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The weeks passed on, the time drew near, they were very gentle, and delicately happy.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The bill passed on the very last day of the session possible to finish business.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
He was reluctantly about to turn away, and pass on down to his corrals, which were situated on the slope beside the house.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

The primrose and the violet,
That little fairy of the grass,
On sloping hill and bank were set
To show which way the spring did pass.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson
"But, sometimes, thro' her curtain'd tower,
A strange uncolour'd light was seen,
And something, of unearthly hue,
Still passed on between:
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
Branch of the sweet and early rose,
That in the purest beauty grows,
So passing sweet to smell and sight,
On whom shalt thou bestow delight?
"A Song from the Irish" by William Drennan
He passes slowly on till from the swell
And echo of the throng
A voice cries Lo! the man that strode through hell
And came out firm and strong.
"One of The Four In Song" by Alexander Anderson
Ah, Love, since then have passed away
Long years ; some things are chang'd on earth;
Men say that poet had his worth,
And twine for him the tardy bay.
"Ralph to Mary" by Amy Levy
But time passed on, and Truth grew gray,
And chided, though with gentlest art:
I loved her, though I went astray,
And almost broke her faithful heart.
"A Dream Of Life" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Which passed on a near-party-line vote last week and has been embraced by GOP presidential hopefuls.
Announces the passing on May 7th, 2012 of our father, grandfather, and devoted husband to his wife.
The proposal to increase minimum wages from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour passed on Tuesday despite heavy opposition from many local businesses.
It's nice to splurge once in a while but it you're on a budget you may want to pass on these.
The city of Red Bluff is once again giving the Tehama District Fair a free pass on a monthly water meter fee and this time it's putting it in writing.
It's the largest infrastructure project that the city of Bend has undertaken, a surface water project to replace aging pipeline and spend more than $70 million in the process, a cost to be passed on to ratepayers.
The 39-year-old actor has a cold that he doesn't want to pass on to his 6-week-old baby son, Noah.
Jameill Showers threw two long touchdown passes on Saturday in Texas A&M's first Maroon & White game under new coach Kevin Sumlin.
Kevin Durant Will Pass On 3-Point Contest.
Nikki talks to Doctor Veronica Bingamon, who is an Associate at ABQ Pet Care Hospital, about the infectious diseases that can be passed on from animals to humans, and vice versa, called " Zoonosis ".
Get your tickets at or enter and win tickets and backstage passes on the KNUE Gold Rush Facebook page.
Hybrid self-publisher passes on e-books, even (most) bookstores.
Some companies say increase will be passed on to customers.
A small portion of anemias can be passed on to children at birth, namely thalassemias and sickle cell anemia .
Normally when I see a lake along the Tucannon River drainage without any anglers , I pass on by.

In science:

We pass to a construction of local coordinates on a Sasakian manifold (S , (ξ , η , φ, g )).
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
It consists of one method only, Trigger() yielding a 0 or a 1 depending, on whether the cut was passed or not.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The adaptive random walk can be used as an efficient message-passing algorithm on this class of graphs for large degree of rewiring.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
These properties are relevant for the relaxation of the graph and message passing to a given distance in hierarchy on the graph, respectively.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
The plane on the left is almost completely noise free; all recorded hits were due to electrons passing through the plane.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The arguments passed to C RU SH are the only strategies to operate on the parametric type for uni fication.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
If H A 6= G, we can pass to G/A and the result follows by induction on the derived length (the case of abelian groups being obvious).
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Let Ou be the unit circle on ∂H3 = S 2 which is contained in the unique totally geodesic plane perpendicular to u and passing through the origin.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
In order to construct the equivalence to the quantum random walk on a line, we could denote the transmission as “Right” side and the reflection as the “Left” side when photons directly pass through the PBS.
Implement Quantum Random Walks with Linear Optics Elements
As we now pass to discuss, the surface term (4) is handled differently depending on whether the horizon at which it is evaluated is treated as dynamical and therefore endowed with thermodynamical properties or as a boundary, where some fields are prescribed.
de Sitter Black Holes with Either of the Two Horizons as a Boundary
The other two paths each pass one vertex on the left.
Random Surfaces
Assume without loss of generality that with probability at least β /2, ˜p does not pass the first vertex on the right with angle π .
Random Surfaces
Conditioned on this event, let i denote the first (0, i) in the sequence that ˜p does not pass on the left (with angle π or greater—see Figure 9.5).
Random Surfaces
This notion is motivated by the fact that for θ > θ0 the motion on the second order model “disappears behind the horizon”, and its orthogonal pro jection on the line parallel to ˙qM ,τ0 starts to move back passing the same points for the second time.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
We can apply Bakry and Emery’s classical LSI on the special unitary group SU(n), a Riemannian manifold, to the related n × n special unitary random matrices and pass to the scaling limit as n goes to ∞.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation