• WordNet 3.6
    • adj passant in walking position with right foreleg raised
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Passant Cursory, careless. "On a passant rewiew of what I wrote to the bishop."
    • Passant Passing from one to another; in circulation; current. "Many opinions are passant ."
    • Passant Surpassing; excelling.
    • Passant (Her) Walking; -- said of any animal on an escutcheon, which is represented as walking with the dexter paw raised.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • passant Walking; walking leisurely: in heraldry, said of a beast used as a bearing. The beast is always understood to hold the head straight and to look forward. See cut under counterchanged.
    • passant Current.
    • passant Passing; transitory.
    • passant Cursory; careless; without deliberation or reflection.
    • passant Surpassing; excelling.
    • n passant One who passes or passes through or over.
    • n passant An open hem furnishing a sort of tube, through which a cord or ribbon can be passed.
    • n passant In numismatics, a figure on a coin in a walking position from right to left or from left to right.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Passant pas′ant (her.) walking.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., p. pr. of passer,. See Pass (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

They are, quoth Epistemon, names of errant devils, passant devils, and rampant devils.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Capte Nerina en passant.
"Off on a Comet" by Jules Verne
The man who wore it had his armorial bearings embroidered on his breast in vivid colors; a chevron accompanied by a deer passant.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
Les rares passants se gardaient bien d'intervenir.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
The three ermines passant and rampant bear would certainly have gone together by the ears.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
But all this is only en passant.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
They are, quoth Epistemon, names of errant devils, passant devils, and rampant devils.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
F. N. 23.7.16 1278 Passant, Pte.
"The Seventh Manchesters" by S. J. Wilson
So the exclamation of the highwayman, "Seigneur passant," &c., must be a translation of "Senor passagero.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various

In news:

Chef Elise Passante of Inti Restaurant is showing us how to bring those fall flavors together in a pear custard pie .
Ethan Passant sprints to his skis ahead of other racers on Saturday at the COSMIC Marmot Grind at Arapahoe Basin.
Paul Passante wants to keep the proposed cell phone tower out of his neighborhood.
' Storage Wars' Star Brandi Passante Sues Over 'Stalker Porn' Video.

In science:

En passant, the reader should notice that these requirements are only a subset of the requirements for Compton imaging, where also the energy and the correct time sequence must be determined.
Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
By contrast, in the present work we prove the local limit theorem for N (Hd (n, p)) directly, thereby obtaining “en passant” a new proof for the local limi t theorem for random graphs G(n, p), which may be of independent interest.
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
Finally, in Section 7 we discuss certain ramifications of the Theorem BD (including the characterization (1)) and, en passant, give an elementary derivation of some closure properties of the space of semimartingales.
A Simple Proof of the Bichteler-Dellacherie Theorem
Remark that we have showed, en passant, that (17) really starts at p = 0, M
Bosonic Monocluster Expansion
En passant, let it be stressed here that it is we the theorists that declare and determine up-front what is measurable when we build up our theories.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity