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Meaning of passing

pass•ing

Pronunciation: (pas'ing, pä'sing), [key]
— adj.
  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.
—adv.
  1. surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
—n.
  1. the act of a person or thing that passes or causes something to pass.
  2. a means or place of passage.
  3. by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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