Definitions for: Pass


[n] success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
[n] (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled"
[n] (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
[n] a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; "the plane turned to make a second pass"
[n] a football play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
[n] a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
[n] a complementary (free) ticket; "the start got passes for his family"
[n] a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had to show his pass in order to get out"
[n] a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes"
[n] any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
[n] you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round"
[n] one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
[n] a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
[n] the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
[n] a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
[n] (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for three days"
[v] eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone"
[v] come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
[v] pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"
[v] disappear gradually; as of emotions, for example; "The pain eventually passed off"
[v] transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"
[v] grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
[v] guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
[v] make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people's spend their free time"
[v] pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana"
[v] travel past, as of a vehicle; "The sports car passed all the trucks"
[v] go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
[v] pass by; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
[v] cause to pass; "She passed around the plates"
[v] pass by, as of time
[v] transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house passed under his official control"
[v] be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
[v] place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
[v] throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed"
[v] allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
[v] go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House"
[v] accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
[v] go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
[v] go beyond; "She exceeded out expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
[v] stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
[v] pass in a specific way; as of time; "How are you spending your summer vacation?"
[v] be identified, regarded, accepted, or mistaken for someone or something else; as by denying one's own ancestry or background; "He could pass as his twin brother"; "She passed as a White woman even though her grandfather was Black"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pass, n.
In football, hockey, etc., a transfer of the ball, etc., to
another player of one's side, usually at some distance.


Pass, v. i.
In football, hockey, etc., to make pass; to transfer the
ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.


Pass, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Passed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Passing.] [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L. passus step, or
from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay open. See Pace.]
1. To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred
from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually
with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the
kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in,
etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass
to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the
field, beyond the border, etc. ``But now pass over [i. e.,
pass on].'' --Chaucer.

On high behests his angels to and fro Passed
frequent. --Milton.

Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths, And
from their bodies passed. --Coleridge.

2. To move or be transferred from one state or condition to
another; to change possession, condition, or
circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has
passed into other hands.

Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass
from just to unjust. --Sir W.
Temple.

3. To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to
pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart;
specifically, to depart from life; to die.

Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak.

Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
--Dryden.

The passing of the sweetest soul That ever looked
with human eyes. --Tennyson.

4. To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and
go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to
happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession;
to be present transitorily.

So death passed upon all men. --Rom. v. 12.

Our own consciousness of what passes within our own
mind. --I. Watts.

5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as,
their vacation passed pleasantly.

Now the time is far passed. --Mark vi. 35

6. To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and
taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain
general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate;
to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting
value or estimation. ``Let him pass for a man.'' --Shak.

False eloquence passeth only where true is not
understood. --Felton.

This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury.

7. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to
validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body
that has power to sanction or reject; to receive
legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution
passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.

8. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be
approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination,
but did not expect to pass.

9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to
continue; to live along. ``The play may pass.'' --Shak.

10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance
or opposition; as, we let this act pass.

11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.]
``This passes, Master Ford.'' --Shak.

12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]

As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
--Shak.

13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot.

14. (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or
other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a
certain clause in a deed. --Mozley & W.

15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.

16. (Card Playing & other games) To decline to take an
optional action when it is one's turn, as to decline to
bid, or to bet, or to play a card; in euchre, to decline
to make the trump.

She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior.

17. In football, hockey, etc., to make a pass; to transfer
the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and
Come.

To pass away, to disappear; to die; to vanish. ``The
heavens shall pass away.'' --2 Pet. iii. 10. ``I thought
to pass away before, but yet alive I am.'' --Tennyson.

To pass by, to go near and beyond a certain person or
place; as, he passed by as we stood there.

To pass into, to change by a gradual transmission; to blend
or unite with.

To pass on, to proceed.

To pass on or upon.
(a) To happen to; to come upon; to affect. ``So death
passed upon all men.'' --Rom. v. 12. ``Provided no
indirect act pass upon our prayers to define them.''
--Jer. Taylor.
(b) To determine concerning; to give judgment or sentence
upon. ``We may not pass upon his life.'' --Shak.

To pass off, to go away; to cease; to disappear; as, an
agitation passes off.

To pass over, to go from one side or end to the other; to
cross, as a river, road, or bridge.


Pass, v. t.
1. In simple, transitive senses; as:
(a) To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to
proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a
house, a stream, a boundary, etc.
(b) Hence: To go from one limit to the other of; to spend;
to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to
suffer. ``To pass commodiously this life.'' --Milton.

She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
--Shak.
(c) To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to
take no note of; to disregard.

Please you that I may pass This doing. --Shak.

I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
--Dryden.
(d) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.

And strive to pass . . . Their native music by
her skillful art. --Spenser.

Whose tender power Passes the strength of storms
in their most desolate hour. --Byron.
(e) To go successfully through, as an examination, trail,
test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a
legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the
bill passed the senate.

2. In causative senses: as:
(a) To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one
person, place, or condition to another; to transmit;
to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter
passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from
hand to hand.

I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
--Addison.

Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot
by Newbridge. --Clarendon.
(b) To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce;
hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
--Shak.

Father, thy word is passed. --Milton.
(c) To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on
with success through an ordeal, examination, or
action; specifically, to give legal or official
sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid
and just; as, he passed the bill through the
committee; the senate passed the law.
(e) To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to
pass counterfeit money. ``Pass the happy news.''
--Tennyson.
(f) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance;
as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a
railroad.

3. To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.

4. (Naut.) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as
around a sail in furling, and make secure.

5. (Fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc. --Shak.

Passed midshipman. See under Midshipman.

To pass a dividend, to omit the declaration and payment of
a dividend at the time when due.

To pass away, to spend; to waste. ``Lest she pass away the
flower of her age.'' --Ecclus. xlii. 9.



To pass by.
(a) To disregard; to neglect.
(b) To excuse; to spare; to overlook.

To pass off, to impose fraudulently; to palm off. ``Passed
himself off as a bishop.'' --Macaulay.

To pass (something) on or upon (some one), to put upon as
a trick or cheat; to palm off. ``She passed the child on
her husband for a boy.'' --Dryden.

To pass over, to overlook; not to note or resent; as, to
pass over an affront.


Pass, n. [Cf. F. pas (for sense 1), and passe, fr. passer
to pass. See Pass, v. i.]
1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing;
especially, one through or over some dangerous or
otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a
ford; as, a mountain pass.

``Try not the pass!'' the old man said.
--Longfellow.

2. (Fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike
an adversary. --Shak.

3. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the
manipulation of a mesmerist.

4. (Rolling Metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet,
etc., between the rolls.

5. State of things; condition; predicament.

Have his daughters brought him to this pass. --Shak.

Matters have been brought to this pass. --South.

6. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a
psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission;
as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.

A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy.
--Kent.

7. Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit. --Shak.

8. Estimation; character. [Obs.]

Common speech gives him a worthy pass. --Shak.

9. [Cf. Passus.] A part; a division. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Pass boat (Naut.), a punt, or similar boat.

Pass book.
(a) A book in which a trader enters articles bought on
credit, and then passes or sends it to the purchaser.
(b) See Bank book.

Pass box (Mil.), a wooden or metallic box, used to carry
cartridges from the service magazine to the piece.

Pass check, a ticket of admission to a place of
entertainment, or of readmission for one who goes away in
expectation of returning.

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Antonyms: be born, bomb, fail, failing, flunk, flush it

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