• the Women Passing by in Procession, In Charge Of A Warrior and of a Man Playing Upon the Lyre
    the Women Passing by in Procession, In Charge Of A Warrior and of a Man Playing Upon the Lyre
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pass of advancing the ball by throwing it "a team with a good passing attack","a pass play"
    • v pass eliminate from the body "Pass a kidney stone"
    • v pass come to pass "What is happening?","The meeting took place off without an incidence","Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    • v pass pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • v pass disappear gradually "The pain eventually passed off"
    • v pass transmit information "Please communicate this message to all employees","pass along the good news"
    • v pass grant authorization or clearance for "Clear the manuscript for publication","The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
    • v pass pass over, across, or through "He ran his eyes over her body","She ran her fingers along the carved figurine","He drew her hair through his fingers"
    • v pass pass into a specified state or condition "He sank into nirvana"
    • v pass travel past "The sports car passed all the trucks"
    • v pass go across or through "We passed the point where the police car had parked","A terrible thought went through his mind"
    • v pass move past "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window","He passed his professor in the hall","One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
    • v pass cause to pass "She passed around the plates"
    • v pass pass by "three years elapsed"
    • v pass transfer to another; of rights or property "Our house passed under his official control"
    • v pass be inherited by "The estate fell to my sister","The land returned to the family","The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
    • v pass 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 throw (a ball) to another player "Smith passed"
    • v pass allow to go without comment or censure "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
    • v pass make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation "They passed the amendment","We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"
    • v pass go unchallenged; be approved "The bill cleared the House"
    • v pass accept or judge as acceptable "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
    • v pass go successfully through a test or a selection process "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
    • v pass be superior or better than some standard "She exceeded our expectations","She topped her performance of last year"
    • v pass stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point "Service runs all the way to Cranbury","His knowledge doesn't go very far","My memory extends back to my fourth year of life","The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
    • v pass pass time in a specific way "how are you spending your summer vacation?"
    • n pass success in satisfying a test or requirement "his future depended on his passing that test","he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
    • n pass (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team "the pass was fumbled"
    • n pass (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
    • n pass a flight or run by an aircraft over a target "the plane turned to make a second pass"
    • n pass (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
    • n pass a usually brief attempt "he took a crack at it","I gave it a whirl"
    • n pass a complimentary ticket "the star got passes for his family"
    • n pass a permit to enter or leave a military installation "he had to show his pass in order to get out"
    • n pass a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions "the media representatives had special passes"
    • n pass any authorization to pass or go somewhere "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
    • n pass you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent "he had a bye in the first round"
    • n pass one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer) "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
    • n pass a difficult juncture "a pretty pass","matters came to a head yesterday"
    • n pass the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
    • n pass a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
    • n pass (military) a written leave of absence "he had a pass for three days"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Simplon Pass The Simplon Pass
"The dog hailed his master as he passed." "The dog hailed his master as he passed."
Passing of the horse Passing of the horse
How Gargantua Passed the Ford--1-36-076 How Gargantua Passed the Ford--1-36-076
One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average a person passes gas 14 times a day
    • Pass A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
    • Pass A part; a division.
    • Pass (Rolling Metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
    • Pass (Fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
    • Pass An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford; as, a mountain pass . "“Try not the pass !” the old man said."
    • Pass Estimation; character. "Common speech gives him a worthy pass ."
    • Pass Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
    • Pass (Sports) In football, hockey, and other team sports, a transfer of the ball, puck, etc., to another player of one's own team, usually at some distance. In American football, the pass is through the air by an act of throwing the ball.
    • Pass Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass. "A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy."
    • Pass State of things; condition; predicament. "Have his daughters brought him to this pass .""Matters have been brought to this pass ."
    • Pass To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body that has power to sanction or reject; to receive legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.
    • Pass (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
    • Pass To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along. "The play may pass ."
    • Pass To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just; as, he passed the bill through the committee; the senate passed the law.
    • Pass To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from hand to hand.
    • Pass To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance; as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a railroad.
    • Pass To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
    • Pass (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in euchre, to decline to make the trump. "She would not play, yet must not pass ."
    • Pass To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.
    • Pass To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. "This passes , Master Ford."
    • Pass To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly. "Now the time is far passed ."
    • Pass To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
    • Pass To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a house, a stream, a boundary, etc.
    • Pass To go from one limit to the other of; to spend; to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
    • Pass To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass ; to obtain general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate; to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting value or estimation. "Let him pass for a man.""False eloquence passeth only where true is not understood.""This will not pass for a fault in him."
    • Pass To go successfully through, as an examination, trail, test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the bill passed the senate.
    • Pass To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass .
    • Pass To go through the intestines.
    • Pass To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass .
    • Pass To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc. "But now pass over [i. e., pass on].""On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent.""Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
      And from their bodies passed ."
    • Pass (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
    • Pass (Fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc.
    • Pass To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart; specifically, to depart from life; to die. "Disturb him not, let him pass paceably.""Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass .""The passing of the sweetest soul
      That ever looked with human eyes."
    • Pass To move or be transferred from one state or condition to another; to change possession, condition, or circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has passed into other hands. "Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass from just to unjust."
    • Pass To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession; to be present transitorily. "So death passed upon all men.""Our own consciousness of what passes within our own mind."
    • Pass To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to pass counterfeit money.
    • Pass (Naut) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
    • Pass To take heed; to care. "As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not."
    • Pass To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." Theyactually pass out from sheer terror.
    • pass To come or go; move onward; proceed (from one place to another); make one's way: generally followed by an adverb or a preposition indicating the manner or direction of motion or way by which one moves: as, to pass on (without stopping); to pass away, from, into, over, under, etc. When used without a qualifying expression, pass often signifies to go past a certain person or place: as, I saw him to-day when he passed (that is, passed me, or the place where I was).
    • pass To undergo transition; alter or change, either at once or by degrees, from one state or condition to another: with into or to before the word denoting the new state: as, during the operation the blue passes into green.
    • pass To move beyond the reach of observation, purpose, or action; vanish; disappear; hence, to depart from life; die: usually followed by away.
    • pass To elapse; be spent.
    • pass To receive approval or sanction; undergo investigation or discussion successfully; be accepted or approved. To be enacted, as by a legislative or other similar body; become law: as, the bill passed.
    • pass To gain or have acceptance; be generally received or current: as, bank-notes pass as money.
    • pass To go successfully through an examination or inspection; specifically, in universities, to go successfully through an ordinary examination for a degree: as, he passed in mathematics, but failed in chemistry.
    • pass To be regarded or considered; be received in estimation or opinion (as): usually with for: as, he passed for a man of means.
    • pass To go on; take place; occur; happen: as, to bring a thing to pass; to come to passive
    • pass To express or pronounce an opinion, judgment, verdict, or sentence: as, to pass upon the merits of a picture or a book.
    • pass To thrust or lunge, as in fencing.
    • pass To go unheeded or neglected; go by without notice or challenge.
    • pass To go through a duct or opening; be voided.
    • pass To be interchanged; be reciprocally communicated or conveyed: as, no one knows what passed between them.
    • pass To be transferred as from one to another: as, the land passed to other owners.
    • pass To go beyond bounds; exceed toleration or belief.
    • pass To circulate; keep moving.
    • pass To care; have regard: usually with a negative.
    • pass To win in the old game of passage. See passage, 14.
    • pass In card-playing: To decline to avail one's self of an opportunity—as, in euchre, by refusing to order up, assist, or make the trump.
    • pass In poker and certain other games, to throw up one's hand; retire from the game.
    • pass To throw a ball from one to another; play “catch.”
    • pass To toll the passing-bell for a death.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Air is passed through the nose at a speed of 100 miles per hour when a person sneezes
    • v.i Pass pas to pace or walk onward: to move from one place or state to another: to travel: to change: to circulate: to be regarded: to go by: to go unheeded or neglected: to elapse, as time: to be finished: to move away: to disappear:
    • v.t Pass to go by, over, beyond, through, &c.: to spend: to omit: to disregard: to surpass: to enact, or to be enacted by: to cause to move: to send: to transfer: to give forth: to cause to go from one person or state to another: to approve: to undergo successfully: to give circulation to:
    • n Pass a way through which one passes: a narrow passage, esp. over or through a range of mountains: a narrow defile: a passport: state or condition: a written permission to go out or in anywhere: a ticket:
    • v.i Pass pas (B.) to pass away: to go through an examination or an inspection: to be approved: to meet with acceptance: to happen: to fall, as by inheritance: to flow through: to thrust, as with a sword: to run, as a road
    • v.t Pass (fencing) to thrust:—pa.p. passed and past
    • n Pass (fencing) a thrust: success in any examination or other test, a certificate of having reached a certain standard—without honours
    • ***


  • Lou Holtz
    “Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.”
  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Few great men could pass personal.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.”


Come to a pretty pass - If something has come to a pretty pass, then it is in a difficult, unfavourable or negative situation.
Hail Mary pass - In American football, a Hail Mary pass is a long, desperate pass at the end of the game that is hoped may gain some points, so it is used for a desperate attempt to resolve a serious problem at the last minute.
Pass muster - If something passes muster, it meets the required standard.
Pass the buck - If you pass the buck, you avoid taking responsibility by saying that someone else is responsible.
Pass the hat - If you pass the hat, you ask a people in a group to give money.
Pass the time of day - If you pass the time of day with somebody, you stop and say hello, enquire how they are and other such acts of social politeness.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L. passus, step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay open. See Pace


In literature:

The night passed away, and they did not appear.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Some time thus passed.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her languor passed, and her eyes grew large and black.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We passed in succession Margate, Ramsgate, and Deal.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
From Tusis I crossed to Tiefenkasten by the Schien Pass, and thence over the Julier Pass to Pontresina.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Passed a pretty good night with some curious dreams.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Before many weeks had passed, Murray received a letter.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
She tapped me on the shoulder as I passed her, to let me know that I had nothing to fear.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
They were passing the house, would pass it, away into the darkness and silence again.
"Stubble" by George Looms
It made him sad to see that time was passing and how it was passing.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

She pass'd the gate with throbbing heart,
She pass'd the ranks among;
The praises of her peerless charms,
Fell fast from ev'ry tongue !
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
Seven springs have passed since then, as I
Count with a sober sorrow;
Seven springs have come and passed me by,
And spring sets in to-morrow.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The beauty of the peaks and plains,
The loveliness of earth and sky,
Have passed away, and, passing, said,
"Ye mortals frail! ye too must die."
"The Wintry Days" by James Avis Bartley
In eager talk they pass the day,
And borrow hours even from the night;
So pleasantly time passed away,
That they have lost their reckoning quite.
"Conquest Of Prejudice" by Charles Lamb
Her voice hath pass'd away!
It hath pass'd away like a summer breeze,
When it leaves the hills for the far blue seas,
Where we may not trace its way.
"The Bird's Release" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
One bright memory; others have passed
Back into the shadows forever;
But it, far and fair, bright and true to the last,
Sheds a light that will pass away never.
"A Memory" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

The leader of the Bergen Catholic offense, quarterback Jonathan Germano, has almost 3,000 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes.
Luck passed for 433 yards, breaking the NFL single-game record for pass yards by a rookie, set a year ago by Cam Newton.
An increasing number of tourists are finding a way to save $40 or more on day passes to California's Disney theme parks by "renting" one day of a multi-day park hopper pass from unofficial ticket agencies.
The measure passed by the Nebraska legislature would impose a stiff penalty for drivers who pass cyclists too closely.
The Senate passed their version this summer, and the House Agriculture Committee has passed a version.
A closer look at how the referendum will effect the school district if it doesn't pass, if it passes, and what it means for the students.
Pass rush or pass coverage.
Detroit Lions' pass-rushers hope to capitalize on Cardinals' pass-protection problems.
David Albers/Staff Area residents are asking Naples City Council members to dredge Doctors Pass, which they feel is becoming dangerous due to sand filling in the pass.
In the set offense, Scotia-Glenville passed and passed until it found the open man, often in three-point territory.
Passed away Sunday, Dec 9, 2012, at the Cedars Memory Care facility in Austin, Minn. She was a two-time cancer survivor and in the latter stages of Alzheimer's Disease when she passed away.
The proposed ordinance would require a motorist to leave a lane occupied by a bicyclist when passing and return to the lane only after passing at a safe distance.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron now has gone 10 games and 239 consecutive pass attempts without having a pass intercepted .
The pass defense is excelling, while the team's passing offense is merely mediocre.
Looney completed 15 of 21 passes for 222 yards and threw touchdown passes of 57, 14, and 11 yards.

In science:

Passing through two defects is equivalent to passing through only one at a much smaller value of f − e, which means that under a rescaling of the spatial resolution the renormalized e−µ decreases towards zero.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Table 4 shows that both variants of the de-skewing method are sufficient to pass all of the standard tests outlined above by at least the minimum pass rate (Rukhin et al. 2001).
Random Numbers from Astronomical Imaging
The objects whose scores pass predefined thresholds (se e Sec. 3.9) are then passed on to be checked.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Traverse this circuit C in some cyclic order, starting at the node x, passing through some nonempty set of vertices V1 before passing through y , and then through a nonempty set of vertices V2 before returning to x.
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
The second step (pass II), attempts to expand and merge together the clusters found in pass I, in order to reduce the number of the resulting clusters.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC