passer-by

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n passer-by a person who passes by casually or by chance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Passer-by One who passes by, especially casually or by chance; one not directly involved in some action; a passer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Passer-by one who passes by or near
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Quotations

  • H.G. Wells
    H.G.%20Wells
    “The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Where will this revolution lead us, which was begun by the murder of two Generals and is being carried on by the assassination of passers-by?
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
Miss Thorne curiously studied the face of each passer-by, seeking therein something to remember.
"Elusive Isabel" by Jacques Futrelle
Passers by Will guess who 'tis we visit?
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
No miscreant now Creeps Thug-like up, to maul the passer-by.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
Every suspected passer-by was seized, and carried off to Tristan l'Hermite, the provost-marshal.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume III. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Indeed, I wondered why passers-by did not revile or even stone me.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
The resident smiles and invites the passer-by to stay through July and August.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
As a rule but few passers-by availed themselves of this short and narrow cut down to the river-side.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
He kept a sharp lookout at the passers by, hoping to see the object of his search.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Next to the grim epitaph, I should be disposed to rank those which remind the passer-by of his transitory estate.
"In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays" by Augustine Birrell
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In poetry:

You walk, and look like me,
Your eyes directed down.
I also used to lower mine!
Hey you, passer by, stop!
""You walk, and look like me"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
And the blood would come to my face
And my hair was curly...
You passer by, I also was!
You passer by, stop!
""You walk, and look like me"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
We met a girl; her dress was loose
And sunken was her eye,
Who with the wanton's hollow voice
Address'd the passers by;
"The Complaints Of The Poor" by Robert Southey
Only a weed to the passer-by,
Growing among the rest;
Yet something clear as the light of the sky
It lodges in my breast.
"Blue Succory In War Time" by Annie Adams Fields
Their solid bastions,--towering high
Though rooted in earth's primal plan,--
Proclaim to every passer by
The cradle of the Corsican.
"Corsica" by John Lawson Stoddard
Through the long summer sunshine the Cottage is stirred
By passers, who brokenly fling them a word:
Such tidings of slaughter! "The enemy cowers;"--
"He breaks!"--"He is flying!"--"Manassas is ours!"
"Beechenbrook - II" by Margaret Junkin Preston

In news:

Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an upset win Sunday by being an average passer of the football.
Facing the top-ranked passer in the state may require a special effort by the Baldwin High School football team tonight.
A passer-by watches an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo Friday.
The Stearns County sheriff's office says a passer-by reported the fire near Melrose early Wednesday.
Another trap was designed to trip a passer-by into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes, authorities said.
Passers-by approach the William A Hinton State Laboratory Institute.
Passers-by walk near a sign for Facebook displayed at Nasdaq, Friday, May 18, 2012, in New York.
A musician plays her violin to entertain passers-by in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral at sunset on an August night in Paris.
New San Clemente company donates 30 protective frames designed to make metal signs more attractive and help protect both the signs and passers-by.
Passers-by say they found broken glass in the front window of the bar & eatery.
In one video on her website, she stops passers-by in their tracks with a guerrilla opera performed on the steps of the National Opera de Paris.
A passer-by pulled over and drove the victim to Geisinger Community Medical Center.
She asked a passer-by to call police and the responding officers tried to administer CPR, however the Anchorage Fire Department medics declared Willie dead on scene.
A special thanks to Domino 's for providing lunch for listeners and some unsuspecting passers by out on the streets of Grand Rapids yesterday.
The parade, pageant and free watermelon all day in the park attract bikers, families and passers-by from around the region.
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In science:

For a simple game represented by (N , W ), (N , W m ), WVG or MWVG, it is easy to identify the passers and the dictator.
Complexity of comparison of influence of players in simple games
By Proposition 1 H ′ is a subgame of H and has no passers or dummies.
Roughly Weighted Hierarchical Simple Games
In this atmosphere we can: (1) to maintain updated databases among two database servants, (2)send of medias continue as audio and video,(3) to do use of tools of tests with net latency, band passer-by, load with ping, latency of protocols and comparison between routing table and routing MPLS.
Use MPLS in Lan's
In the accomplished rehearsals, the reservation of band passer-by in all the connections for the aggregation of flows EF is maintained at 220Kbps o’clock.
Use MPLS in Lan's
With the use of the tools IPBand and Netperf made the tests of band passer-by in the net.
Use MPLS in Lan's
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