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Pass

Pass appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Pamela, pass a pale map.
  • Pass up my lot, Mt. Olympus sap!
  • As able ikons sap it, I pass no kielbasa.
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Usage statistics for the verb pass:

spoken English39.43%written English60.57% conversational speech44.81%task-oriented speech55.19% imaginative writing60.78%informational writing39.22%
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Pass is sometimes a misspelling of past.

The word pass is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pass

What does pass mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: passes

  1. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
  2. (military) a written leave of absence
  3. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  4. the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
    • example: we got through the pass before it started to snow
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of pass: mountain pass / notch
    • more generic word: location = a point or extent in space
    • more specific words:
    • instances:
      • Brenner Pass = an Alpine mountain pass connecting Innsbruck in Austria with Bolzano in Italy that has long been a route for trade and for invasions
      • Cumberland Gap = a pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that early settlers used in order to move west
      • Donner Pass = a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe
      • Khyber Pass = a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan
    • part of: chain / chain of mountains / mountain chain / mountain range / range / range of mountains = a series of hills or mountains
  5. any authorization to pass or go somewhere
    • example: the pass to visit had a strict time limit
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of pass: passport
    • more generic word: permission = approval to do something
    • more specific words: safe-conduct / safeguard = a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war
  6. a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions
    • example: the media representatives had special passes
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of pass: laissez passer
    • more generic word: permission = approval to do something
    • more specific terms:
      • boarding card / boarding pass = a pass that allows you to board a ship or plane
      • hall pass = written permission from a teacher for a student to be out the classroom and in the halls of the school
      • ticket-of-leave = a permit formerly given to convicts allowing them to leave prison under specific restrictions
  7. a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
    • example: the plane turned to make a second pass
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: flight / flying = an instance of traveling by air
  8. a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
  9. a difficult juncture
  10. one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)
  11. an automatic advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent
  12. a permit to enter or leave a military installation
  13. a complimentary ticket
    • example: the star got passes for his family
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: ticket = a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something
  14. a usually brief attempt
  15. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
    • example: the pass was fumbled
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of pass: flip / toss
    • more generic word: throw = the act of throwing
    • more specific words: centering / snap = putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
  16. success in satisfying a test or requirement
    • examples: his future depended on his passing that test | he got a pass in introductory chemistry
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of pass: passing / qualifying
    • more generic word: success = an attainment that is successful

Alternative definition of the noun pass

noun

  1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier such as a mountain range; a passageway; a defile; a ford.
  2. A single movement, especially of a hand, at, over, or along anything.
  3. A single passage of a tool over something, or of something over a tool.
    • [fencing] A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
      • [figuratively] A thrust; a sally of wit.
      • A sexual advance.
      • [sport] The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another.
      • [rail transport] A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake it.
        • Permission or license to pass, or to go and come.
          • A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
            • [baseball] An intentional walk.
            • The state of things; condition; predicament; impasse.
            • [obsolete] Estimation; character.
            • [obsolete, Chaucer, compare 'passus'] A part, a division.
            • The area in a restaurant kitchen where the finished dishes are passed from the chefs to the waiting staff.
            • [computing] [slang] A password (especially one for a restricted-access website).

            Specialised definition of the noun pass

            Glossary of sports

            in team ball games, the aimed playing of the ball to a team-mate (with hand, foot, head, or racquet). Depending on the direction the ball travels relative to the playing field, the following types of passes are differentiated: forward, diagonal, cross, and back pass. A pass can be made on the ground, low, or high. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

            a lower area between two mountain peaks (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

            a bus or train season ticket, or a permit to go in or out of a building, etc. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

            Glossary of sports / basketball

            when a passer throws the ball to a teammate; used to start plays, move the ball downcourt, keep it away from defenders and get it to a shooter

            Glossary of sports / soccer

            a kick or header from one team-mate to another (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

            Definition of the adjective pass

            What does pass mean as an attribute of a noun?

            adjective - degrees: passer |

            1. of advancing the ball by throwing it
              • examples: a team with a good passing attack | a pass play
              • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
              • domain: football / football game
              • synonym of pass: passing

            Definition of the verb pass

            What does pass mean as a doing word?

            Pass is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

            verb - inflections: passed | passing | passes

            1. go across or through
            2. move past
            3. make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
              • example: They passed the amendment
              • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
              • synonym of pass: legislate
              • more generic words: enact / ordain = order by virtue of superior authority
            4. pass by
            5. place into the hands or custody of
              • examples: They pass the food to the people | They pass the people the food
              • syntax:
                Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They lent me a bicycleVerbs of Change of Possession: lend, loan, peddle, refund, render
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I leased my house (to somebody)
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]He donated directly to JSP members | The bank lent to fewer customers
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the bookVerbs of Sending: airmail, express, forward, hand, mail, send, ship, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ballVerbs of Throwing: bash, bat, bunt, chuck, fire, flick, fling, flip, hit, hurl, knock, lob, loft, nudge, pitch, punt, shoot, shove, slam, slap, sling, smash, tap
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden
              • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
              • synonyms of pass: give / hand / pass on / reach / turn over
              • more generic word: transfer = cause to change ownership
              • more specific terms:
            6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
              • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
              • synonyms of pass: extend / go / lead / run
              • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
              • more specific terms:
                • come = extend or reach
                • radiate / ray = extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
                • go deep / go far = extend in importance or range
                • underrun = run or pass below
            7. travel past
              • examples: The sports car passed all the trucks | These cars won't pass
              • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
              • synonyms of pass: overhaul / overtake
              • more generic terms: advance / go on / march on / move on / pass on / progress = move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
              • more specific terms:
                • get by = pass or move in front of
                • clear / top = pass by, over, or under without making contact
            8. come to pass
            9. go unchallenged; be approved
            10. use up a period of time in a specific way
              • syntax:
                Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I spent all that timeConsume Verbs: consume, use
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Recipient, subject control with -ing]I spent the time worrying about the future
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I misspent 5 hoursVerbs of Spending Time: misspend, serve
              • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
              • synonym of pass: spend
              • more specific terms:
                • soldier = serve as a soldier in the military
                • slum = spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure
                • weekend = spend the weekend
                • vacation / holiday = spend or take a vacation
                • serve / do = spend time in prison or in a labor camp
                • get through / while away = spend or pass, as with boredom or in a pleasant manner
                • sojourn = spend a certain length of time
                • overwinter / winter = spend the winter
                • summer = spend the summer
            11. pass over, across, or through
              • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
              • synonyms of pass: draw / guide / run
              • more specific words:
                • rub = move over something with pressure
                • thread = pass through or into
                • thread = pass a thread through
            12. transmit information
              • example: pass along the good news
              • syntax:
                Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the book
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

                Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): airmail, express, forward, hand, mail, send, ship, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire.

              • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
              • synonyms of pass: communicate / pass along / pass on / put across
              • more generic words: communicate / convey / transmit = transfer to another
              • more specific terms:
            13. disappear gradually
            14. go successfully through a test or a selection process
            15. be superior or better than some standard
            16. accept or judge as acceptable
              • example: The teacher passed the student although he was weak
              • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
              • antonym: fail
              • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
              • cause: make it
            17. allow to go without comment or censure
              • example: the insult passed as if unnoticed
              • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
              • more generic words: allow / let / permit = make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
            18. transfer to another; of rights or property
              • example: Our house passed under his official control
              • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
              • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
            19. pass into a specified state or condition
              • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
              • synonyms of pass: lapse / sink
              • more generic word: move = go or proceed from one point to another
            20. throw (a ball) to another player
              • example: Smith passed
              • syntax:
                Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They lent me a bicycleVerbs of Change of Possession: lend, loan, peddle, refund, render
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I leased my house (to somebody)
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]He donated directly to JSP members | The bank lent to fewer customers
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ballVerbs of Throwing: bash, bat, bunt, chuck, fire, flick, fling, flip, hit, hurl, knock, lob, loft, nudge, pitch, punt, shoot, shove, slam, slap, sling, smash, tap
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
                [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden
              • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
              • more generic word: throw = propel through the air
            21. be inherited by
              • syntax:
                Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They lent me a bicycle
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I leased my house (to somebody)
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
                [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]He donated directly to JSP members | The bank lent to fewer customers

                Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): lend, loan, peddle, refund, render.

              • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
              • synonyms of pass: devolve / fall / return
              • more generic terms: change hands / change owners = be transferred to another owner
              • more specific words: light / fall = fall to somebody by assignment or lot
            22. cause to pass
              • example: She passed around the plates
              • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 21
              • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
              • synonym of pass: make pass
              • more specific terms:
                • cycle = cause to go through a recurring sequence
                • pass off = cause to be circulated and accepted in a false character or identity
                • pass through = cause to move through
                • lead / run = cause something to pass or lead somewhere
            23. grant authorization or clearance for
            24. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
            25. eliminate from the body

            Specialised definition of the verb pass

            Glossary of sports

            to throw, kick or hit a ball or other object to another player during a game; an act of throwing, kicking or hitting a ball or other object to another player in a sport (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

            Glossary of sports / tennis

            if a player passes their opponent, he or she hits a passing shot beyond the opponent's reach (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

            to hit a shot that goes past the opponent, usually when the opponent is at or near the net

            Film

            "Pass" a.k.a. "Passport" is a 2001 drama, romance film written by Péter Gothár and Nelli Litvai and directed by Péter Gothár.

            Music

            1. "Pass" is a musical single of Beth Lisick Ordeal & Jewelry.
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            2. "Pass" is a composition.
            3. "Pass" is a composition.

            Miscellanea

            1. Pass: In ice hockey, a pass is the movement of the puck from one player to another, usually by a motion of the stick. A pass differs from a shot, in that a pass is typically weaker than a shot and is not directed at the opponent's net with the intention of scoring a goal. The function of passing in ice hockey during gameplay strongly resembles the role of passing in other goal sports such as soccer and lacrosse. Passing is one of the most fundamental skills in hockey. An effective pass is described as being "stick to stick" or "tape to tape", referring to the tape on the blade of a hockey stick. Effective passing requires good vision, anticipation, and timing. A player that is an effective passer will normally record many assists, which are awarded to the second and third to last player to touch the puck before a goal. The National Hockey League record for most career assists is 1,963 by Wayne Gretzky, who is considered one of the best passers of all time.
            2. Pass: A pass is permission to be away from one's military unit for a limited period of time. Time away on a pass is not counted against leave, the annual allotment of days off from duty.

            Phrases with Pass

            Phrases starting with the word Pass:

            1. Pass'd
            2. pass by
            3. pass on
            4. pass up
            5. pass for
            6. Pass Gas
            7. pass off
            8. pass out
            9. pass-out
            10. pass away
            11. Pass Down
            12. pass over
            13. Pass Wind
            14. Pass-Fail

            Phrases ending with the word Pass:

            1. Back Pass
            2. band-pass
            3. Fish Pass
            4. free pass
            5. hall pass
            6. make pass

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            Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pass

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            Google previewA Dictionary Hindustani and English (1834)

            by John Shakespear

            pass. II. ofy Heb. and Aram, Tip) adj. Established, fixed, ascertained, certain, infallible, unquestionable ; appointed, employed ; adv. Certainly, assuredly, positively. \j£ jjsic mukarrar karna, To fix, settle, establish, ascertain, ...

            Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design (2006)

            by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris

            After the first printing pass, the paper is turned for a second pass. The gripper edge remains the same, but the side guides are different. The work and tumble imposition also allows a sheet to be printed using a single plate. In this instance, the ...

            Google previewThe Notre Dame Football Encyclopedia (2013)

            4th Edition by Michael R. Steele

            In the second half, Reeve booted a 33yard field goal and Allocco hit Kevin Doherty with a 25yard touchdown pass. USC wasthe final game.The Fighting Irish blew a twotouchdown lead asUSC scored55 points ina strangegame. Mahalic ...

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            Usage statistics about pass

            The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

            Usage statistics for the verb pass:

            spoken English39.43%written English60.57% conversational speech44.81%task-oriented speech55.19% imaginative writing60.78%informational writing39.22%

            Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pass:

            byeflipflingwhirlnotchtossstraitpassportcrackgopasswalkofferhead

            Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pass:

            clearextendoccurpassdiedrawreturnspendreachfallhappenleadrungivego

            Comparison of usage frequency between the verb pass and its most common antonym:

            failpass

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            Quotes about Pass

            Dog was
            Pass urine
            Upthe leg on the wall...
            Human also pass
            Urine stand the leg
            On the wall
            The wall tell the human
            'you also good dog
            But...
            Bad human...'
            No problem human
            Pass the urine tenson free...
            On the wall....! (Otteri Selvakumar)
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            Scrabble value of P3A1S1S1

            The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

            Anagrams of PASS

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            Semordnilap

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            • SSAP

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