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passing

[pas-ing, pah-sing] /ˈpæs ɪŋ, ˈpɑ sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
going by or past; elapsing:
He was feeling better with each passing day.
2.
brief, fleeting, or fortuitous; transitory:
to take a passing fancy to something.
3.
done, given, etc., in passing; cursory:
a passing mention.
4.
surpassing, preeminent, or extreme.
5.
indicating satisfactory performance in a course, on a paper, in a test, etc.:
a passing grade on a test.
adverb
6.
surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
noun
7.
the act of a person or thing that passes or causes something to pass.
8.
a means or place of passage.
Idioms
9.
in passing, by the way; incidentally:
The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see pass, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
passingly, adverb
passingness, noun
unpassing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in passing

passing

/ˈpɑːsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
transitory or momentary: a passing fancy
2.
cursory or casual in action or manner: a passing reference
adverb, adjective
3.
(archaic) to an extreme degree: the events were passing strange
noun
4.
a place where or means by which one may pass, cross, ford, etc
5.
a euphemism for death
6.
in passing, by the way; incidentally: he mentioned your visit in passing
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Word Origin and History for in passing

passing

adv.

"in a (sur)passing degree, surpassingly," late 14c., from pass (v.).

n.

"death," 1869, verbal noun from pass (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with in passing

in passing

Incidentally, by the way, as in “It may be remarked in passing” (Charlotte Bront&edie;, Shirley, 1849). [ Mid-1800s ]
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