(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
euphemistic expressions for death
thousands mourned his passing
the motion of one object relative to another
stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets
Synonym: passage
the end of something
the passing of winter
a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
the passage of air from the lungs|the passing of flatus
Synonym: passage
going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it
she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me
Synonym: overtaking
success in satisfying a test or requirement
his future depended on his passing that test|he got a pass in introductory chemistry
Synonym: pass, qualifying
of advancing the ball by throwing it
a team with a good passing attack|a pass play
Synonym: pass
to an extraordinary degree
she was a surpassingly beautiful woman|I will mention only one particular aspect of the current mess because ... this one is surely something new and passing strange
Synonym: surpassingly
lasting a very short time
the ephemeral joys of childhood|a passing fancy|youth's transient beauty|love is transitory but it is eternal|fugacious blossoms
allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily
a passing grade
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws|a passing glance|perfunctory courtesy|In his paper, he showed a very superficial understanding of psychoanalytic theory
Antonym: failing, running