joe pass


Joe (Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua) 1929–94, U.S. jazz guitarist. Unabridged
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pass (pɑːs)
vb (often foll by away or by) (when tr, often foll by down) (when tr, often foll by on or upon)
1.  to go onwards or move by or past (a person, thing, etc)
2.  to run, extend, or lead through, over, or across (a place): the route passes through the city
3.  to go through or cause to go through (an obstacle or barrier): to pass a needle through cloth
4.  to move or cause to move onwards or over: he passed his hand over her face
5.  (tr) to go beyond or exceed: this victory passes all expectation
6.  to gain or cause to gain an adequate or required mark, grade, or rating in (an examination, course, etc): the examiner passed them all
7.  to elapse or allow to elapse: we passed the time talking
8.  pass the time of day with someone to spend time amicably with someone, esp in chatting, with no particular purpose
9.  (intr) to take place or happen: what passed at the meeting?
10.  to speak or exchange or be spoken or exchanged: angry words passed between them
11.  to spread or cause to spread: we passed the news round the class
12.  to transfer or exchange or be transferred or exchanged: the bomb passed from hand to hand
13.  (intr) to undergo change or transition: to pass from joy to despair
14.  to transfer or be transferred by inheritance: the house passed to the younger son
15.  to agree to or sanction or to be agreed to or receive the sanction of a legislative body, person of authority, etc: the assembly passed 10 resolutions
16.  (tr) (of a legislative measure) to undergo (a procedural stage) and be agreed: the bill passed the committee stage
17.  to pronounce or deliver (judgment, findings, etc): the court passed sentence
18.  to go or allow to go without comment or censure: the intended insult passed unnoticed
19.  (intr) to opt not to exercise a right, as by not answering a question or not making a bid or a play in card games
20.  physiol to discharge (urine, faeces, etc) from the body
21.  pass water to urinate
22.  (intr) to come to an end or disappear: his anger soon passed
23.  (intr; usually foll by for or as) to be likely to be mistaken for or accepted as (someone or something else): you could easily pass for your sister
24.  (intr; foll by away, on, or over) a euphemism for die
25.  chiefly (US) (tr) to fail to declare (a dividend)
26.  chiefly (US) (intr; usually foll by on or upon) (of a court, jury, etc) to sit in judgment; adjudicate
27.  sport to hit, kick, or throw (the ball) to another player
28.  archaic bring to pass to cause to happen
29.  come to pass to happen
30.  the act of passing
31.  a.  a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
 b.  (capital as part of a name): the Simplon Pass
32.  a way through any difficult region
33.  a permit, licence, or authorization to do something without restriction: she has a pass to visit the museum on Sundays
34.  a.  a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
 b.  a document authorizing leave of absence
35.  (Brit)
 a.  the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
 b.  Compare honours (as modifier): a pass degree
36.  a dive, sweep, or bombing or landing run by an aircraft
37.  a motion of the hand or of a wand as a prelude to or part of a conjuring trick
38.  informal an attempt, in words or action, to invite sexual intimacy (esp in the phrase make a pass at)
39.  a state of affairs or condition, esp a bad or difficult one (esp in the phrase a pretty pass)
40.  sport the transfer of a ball from one player to another
41.  fencing a thrust or lunge with a sword
42.  bridge the act of passing (making no bid)
43.  bullfighting a variant of pase
44.  archaic a witty sally or remark
45.  bridge a call indicating that a player has no bid to make
[C13: from Old French passer to pass, surpass, from Latin passūs step, pace1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1275 (trans.) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from O.Fr. passer, from V.L. *passare "to step, walk, pass," from L. passus "step, pace" (see pace (1)). Intrans. sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Fig. sense of "to experience,
undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded 1390. The meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (esp. in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1596. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from 1429. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1959.

"mountain defile," c.1300, from O.Fr. pas "step, track," from L. passus "step, pace" (see pace (1)). The meaning "written permission to pass into, or through, a place" is first recorded 1591, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838.
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Medical Dictionary

pass (pās)
v. passed, pass·ing, pass·es

  1. To go across; go through.

  2. To cause to move into a certain position.

  3. To cease to exist; die.

  4. To be voided from the body.

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