past

Definitions

  • "A gorgeous palanquin was borne rapidly past."
    "A gorgeous palanquin was borne rapidly past."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj past of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office "a retiring member of the board"
    • adj past earlier than the present time; no longer current "time past","his youth is past","this past Thursday","the past year"
    • adv past so as to pass a given point "every hour a train goes past"
    • n past a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
    • n past the time that has elapsed "forget the past"
    • n past a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret) "reporters dug into the candidate's past"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pasted a Tomato Can Label on the Suitcase 31 Pasted a Tomato Can Label on the Suitcase 31
Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
THE GORGEOUS UNIFORMS OF THE PAST THE GORGEOUS UNIFORMS OF THE PAST
Past and Present Members for Woodstock Past and Present Members for Woodstock
SOUVENIR-HUNTERS OF THE PAST SOUVENIR-HUNTERS OF THE PAST
Crowds watch as the procession goes past Crowds watch as the procession goes past
past a boggart past a boggart
THE PAST, PRESENT AND MIDDLE PERIOD THE PAST, PRESENT AND MIDDLE PERIOD

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most fleas do not live past a year old
    • n Past A former time or state; a state of things gone by. "The past , at least, is secure.""The present is only intelligible in the light of the past , often a very remote past indeed."
    • Past Above; exceeding; more than. "Not past three quarters of a mile.""Bows not past three quarters of a yard long."
    • Past Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of. "Who being past feeling.""Galled past endurance.""Until we be past thy borders.""Love, when once past government, is consequently past shame ."
    • Past Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour. "Is it not past two o'clock?"
    • adv Past pȧst By; beyond; as, he ran past . "The alarum of drums swept past ."
    • a Past Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences. "Past ages."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
    • past Gone by; belonging to a time previous to this; not present nor future: as, past time: one's past life.
    • past Hence In the predicate, ago.
    • past Spent; ended; accomplished; existing no more; over and done with.
    • past That has completed a full term and is now retired: as, a past (or passed) master in free-masonry. See master.
    • past That indicates or notes past time: as, a past participle; the past tense.
    • n past The time that has preceded the present; a former or bygone time, or the events of that time; that part of the history, life, or experiences of a person or thing that is passed: as, to forget the past; an unfortunate past.
    • past Beyond. Beyond in time; after: as, past noon; past dinner-time.
    • past Beyond in position; further than; also, by and beyond: as, the house stands a little past the junction.
    • past Beyond the reach of; at a point that precludes or makes (something) impossible or improbable; out of the reach, scope, or influence of: as, past redemption; past all sense of shame; past comprehension.
    • past Beyond in number or amount; above; more than; exceeding.
    • past Beyond the enjoyment of; over and done with.
    • past By; so as to pass and go beyond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 2002, dogs have killed more people in the U.S. than the Great White shark has killed in the past 100 years
    • pa.p Past past of Pass
    • adj Past gone by: elapsed: ended: now retired from service: in time already passed
    • prep Past farther than: out of reach of: no longer capable of
    • adv Past by
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Quotations

  • Thomas J. Peters
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    “Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Danger past, God forgotten.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “When the danger is past God is cheated.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Past failures are guideposts to success.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “The whole past is the procession of the present.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Remembrance of things past.”

Idioms

Dwell on the past - Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.
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Whistling past the graveyard - (USA) If someone is whistling past the graveyard, they are trying to remain cheerful in difficult circumstances. ('Whistling past the cemetery' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pass (v.)

Usage

In literature:

At half past seven the others joined him.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Unless the pasting is done evenly the marks of the paste-brush will show through the linen.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
The engagement lasted till half-past eleven, and was very bloody.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
These promises seem to us to be addressed either to a past or to a coming age, but not to us, at the present day.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
The first gust of the storm was past when Melissy heard a step on the rocks above.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
No more living persons were being carried past.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The past was past, and happily forgotten by him.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
All the past came back before her, with the scenes and the words of that past.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He was past anger and past fear.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Servants with a huge bed frame struggled past.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Of the dark past
A child is born;
With joy and grief
My heart is torn.
"Ecce Puer" by James Joyce
He brings to me dear voices of the past,
The old land and the years:
My father calls for me,
My weeping spirit hears.
"The Cock's Clear Voice Into The Clearer Air" by Robert Louis Stevenson
All are behind, the kind
And the unkind too, no more
To-night than a dream. The stream
Runs softly yet drowns the Past,
The dark-lit stream has drowned the Future and the Past.
"The Bridge" by Edward Thomas
Past we glide, and past, and past!
What's that poor Agnese doing
Where they make the shutters fast?
Grey Zanobi's just a-wooing
To his couch the purchased bride:
Past we glide!
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning
The present, future, and the past,
It offers to our thoughtless eye;
That present is too short to last—
That past is gone for ever by;
That future comes—a stormy blast
That sweeps us to eternity.
"Lessons of Time for Eternity" by John Bowring
"So, mother, turn thy ag'ed feet, and let our children lead 'em
Down to the ship that wafts us soon to plenty and to freedom;
Forgetting nought of all the past, yet all the past forgiving;
Come, let us leave the dying land, and fly unto the living.
"The Irish Emigrant’s Mother" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

With Florida head coach Urban Meyer making $4 million per year thanks to the six-year, $24 million deal he agreed to last August, it was past due for the Gators to take care of their assistants.
An anthropologist 's past steps out of the shadows.
She's a professor of social welfare at UCLA, and an anthropologist who, for the past seven years has traced the kinship ties, rites, turf wars, and intervention programs operating in the bloodiest trenches of LA.
Down the Decumanus Maximus till the rutted cobbles give way, just as so many lives have gone before this, past the stubs of the insulae.
So I've been writing and rewriting a post on genre bias and the Printz for — I'm not kidding you — the past two weeks.
The troop has made these dumplings for Apple Days for the past 25-years.
A 38-year-old man had fever and fatigue for the past 6 days and tenderness in the left upper abdominal quadrant for the past 3 days.
COSTA MESA, Calif — A specter from the grittier past of skateboarding has reappeared, ready to reconnect with his past without letting it drag him down.
I remember the past with warm memories, that part of my past.
Prices at the pump are up nearly 9 cents in the past two weeks and a total of 18 cents in the past month, but the increase is likely to slow, according to a survey published Sunday.
The 305 is half the size of past Forerunners, with a customizable display, a more comfortable heart-rate monitor, and the ability to load past workouts to let you compete against yourself.
Tuesday's SportsNation chat included a question that has slipped past many of us in the hustle and bustle of the past six weeks or so.
Electric Light Orchestra singer Jeff Lynne has been busy over the past year, re-recording past favorites for the 'Mr.
The movement of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Brian Campbell over the past few days raises the issue of long-term deals and whether they are suddenly more portable than many imagined when they became the rage in the past couple of seasons.
Anyone who's read the papers over the past 10 days—or for that matter, the past 20 years—knows about the pre-super bowl media blitz.
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In science:

It is quite different from other recent approaches to perfect sampling such as coupling from the past.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
On exact simulation from Markov random fields using coupling from the past.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
However during the past year the significance of the open string tachyon has been understood.
Bosonic M Theory
Barthel 1989), optically-selected QSOs must have had a covering factor of unity in their past ULIG phase.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
The post-shock flow behaves approximately as S ∝ r, indicating that the accretion shock was weaker in the past when the dark halo was less massive.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
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