passer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Passer type genus of the Passeridae
    • n passer (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
    • n passer a student who passes an examination
    • n passer a person who passes as a member of a different ethnic or racial group
    • n passer a person who passes by casually or by chance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Passer One who passes; a passenger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n passer One who passes, in any sense of that word.
    • n passer A drill used in cutlery to make holes to receive little ornamental studs of gold or silver. It has a stop to prevent the point of the drill from penetrating the handle beyond the required depth.
    • n passer A gimlet.
    • n passer A genus of fringilliform or conirostral oscine passerine birds, founded by Brisson in 1760, typically representing the family Fringillidæ, and a representative example of the Oscines or normal Passeres. The name lapsed, or was used with little discrimination, for a century, but is now in nearly universal use for that genus of finches which contains the common European or so-called English sparrow (P. domesticus), the European tree-sparrow (P. montanus), and several other closely related species. The two species named are both naturalized in the United States. See sparrow and house-sparrow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Passer one who passes
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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:

There he was exhibited to the passers-by, and everybody laughed at him.
"In Midsummer Days and Other Tales" by August Strindberg
A couple of passers-by had paused, interested, to watch developments.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
In vain Bersenyev wandered from one dirty staircase to another, in vain he called first to a doorkeeper, then to a passer-by.
"On the Eve" by Ivan Turgenev
The following morning they were off again, and asked for Ivory City from every passer-by.
"Indian Fairy Tales"
I would not put faith in passers-by rather than God!
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The horse caught sight of the twigs with which a passer-by had mended the bellrope.
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
Two passers-by come along the street from the right, talking.
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
The sun still eats away the shadow inch by inch, beating down with such intensity that finally everybody disappears except a few passers-by.
"Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
She met no passers-by in such an out-of-the-way street.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Then, again, his attention would be attracted to some passer in the street below.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
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In poetry:

She gives, and while they wondering eat
The tear-steeped bread by love supplied,
She stretches round them in the street
Her arm that passers push aside.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
They have served, and have passed away
From the earth and sky,
And their Creed is a record gray,
Where the passer-by
Reads, "Live and be glad to-day,
For to-morrow ye die."
"Pagan" by Madison Julius Cawein
Each of all the multitude
Has his evil and his good;
Every one his hopes and fears,
All alike their joys and tears;
All must suffer, all must die
In this crowd of passers by!
"A Thought In A Thoroughfare" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Made passers by look on him with a blessing,
Saying, "His mother is not all alone;
Her widowed sorrow, in that sweet caressing,
Will find some comfort for the lost and gone."
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke
Here did swäy the eltrot flow'rs,
When the hours o' night wer vew,
An' the zun, wi' eärly beams
Brighten'd streams, an' dried the dew,
An' the goocoo there did greet
Passers by wi' dousty veet.
"Times O’ Year" by William Barnes
O the sorrows, pains, and cares,—
O the troubles, sins, and snares,—
O the histories past belief
Piled with wrong and soak'd in grief,—
O the hidden woes that lie
In this crowd of passers by!
"A Thought In A Thoroughfare" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

If durability , victories and playoff appearances are the necessary attributes, then Flacco - the leading passer in Baltimore Ravens history - has few peers.
If durability , victories and playoff appearances are the necessary attributes, then Flacco — the leading passer in Baltimore Ravens history — has few peers.
If durability , victories and playoff appearances are the necessary attributes, then Flacco the leading passer in Baltimore Ravens history has few peers.
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas says he has been fined by the NFL for his roughing the passer penalty against Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week.
(AP) — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas says he has been fined by the NFL for his roughing the passer penalty against Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week.
BROWNSVILLE — A toddler, wearing only a diaper, was found wandering the street and luckily a passer by stopped and picked up the child and called police.
A masterful passer, the center was the trigger man of Brett Hull's 86-goal.
In the middle of a field on FM549, the abandoned farmhouse's mysterious presence draws passers-by to slow down — maybe even pause, reflect and snap a photo.
In the middle of a field on FM549, the abandoned farmhouse 's mysterious presence draws passers-by to slow down — maybe even pause, reflect and snap a photo.
Brendan Sullivan — North Gwinnett quarterback Michael Haynes has become one of Gwinnett County's top passers in his only year as a starter.
Police officers said a passer-by spotted 49-year-old George Toomey floating in some water off Flomich Avenue about 3 pm Sunday.
At 6-foot-6 and one of the most productive passers in school history, NC State quarterback Mike Glennon shouldn't have a problem getting a shot in the NFL.
To the average passer-by, the Peter J Crotty Casino in Cazenovia Park looks like a monument to teenage vagrancy.
Sandiye Rae polishes a shoe as she walks in front of her tiny shop, interacting with passers-by in search of customers.
Prolific passer discusses the technology in his home.
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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
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The Hidden Subgroup Problem
When km ≥ km−1 + nm the last level consists entirely of dummies and in this case we set km = km−1 + nm . H has passers only in case k1 = 1, when al l players of level 1 are passers.
Roughly Weighted Hierarchical Simple Games
This subgame never has dummies and it does not have passers if G did not.
Roughly Weighted Hierarchical Simple Games
This subgame does not have passers and it has dummies if and only if G had.
Roughly Weighted Hierarchical Simple Games
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