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. 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."
She loved me for the dangers I had
(c) To go by without noticing; to omit
attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
Please you that I may pass This
I pass their warlike pomp, their proud
(d) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to
And strive to pass . . .
Their native music by her skillful art.
Whose tender power Byron.
Passes the strength of storms in their most desolate
(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
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
Father, thy word is passed.
(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
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
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
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;
Have his daughters brought him to this
Matters have been brought to this
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
7. Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
8. Estimation; character. [Obs.]
Common speech gives him a worthy
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
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 Milton.
Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
And from their bodies passed.
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.
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
Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will
The passing of the sweetest soul Tennyson.
That ever looked with human eyes.
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
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
This will not pass for a fault in
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."
10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed
without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act
11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in
excess. [Obs.] "This passes, Master Ford."
12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]
As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass
13. To go through the intestines.
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 &
15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass;
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
17. In football, hockey, etc., to make a pass;
to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own
[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.