(Pas"ser*ine) a. [L. passerinus, fr. passer a sparrow.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Passeres.
The columbine, gallinaceous, and passerine tribes people the fruit trees.Sydney Smith.
(Pas"ser*ine), n. (Zoöl.) One of the Passeres.
(Pas`si*bil"i*ty) n. [L. passibilitas: cf. F. passibilité.] The quality or state of being passible; aptness
to feel or suffer; sensibility. Hakewill.
(Pas"si*ble) a. [L. passibilis, fr. pati, to suffer: cf. F. passible. See Passion.] Susceptible
of feeling or suffering, or of impressions from external agents.
Apolinarius, which held even deity itself passible.Hooker.
(Pas"si*ble*ness), n. Passibility. Brerewood.
(||Pas"si*flo"ra) n. [NL., from L. passio passion (fr. pati, passus, to suffer) + flos, floris,
flower.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, including the passion flower. It is the type of the order Passifloreæ,
which includes about nineteen genera and two hundred and fifty species.
(||Pas"sim) adv. [L.] Here and there; everywhere; as, this word occurs passim in the poem.
Passing bell, a tolling of a bell to announce that a soul is passing, or has passed, from its body (formerly
done to invoke prayers for the dying); also, a tolling during the passing of a funeral procession to
the grave, or during funeral ceremonies. Sir W. Scott. Longfellow.
(Pass"ing) n. The act of one who, or that which, passes; the act of going by or away.
1. Relating to the act of passing or going; going by, beyond, through, or away; departing.
2. Exceeding; surpassing, eminent. Chaucer. "Her passing deformity." Shak.
Passing note (Mus.), a character including a passing tone. Passing tone (Mus.), a tone introduced
between two other tones, on an unaccented portion of a measure, for the sake of smoother melody, but
forming no essential part of the harmony.
(Pass"ing), adv. Exceedingly; excessively; surpassingly; as, passing fair; passing strange. "You
apprehend passing shrewdly." Shak.
(Pass"ing*ly), adv. Exceedingly. Wyclif.
(Pas"sion) n. [F., fr. L. passio, fr. pati, passus, to suffer. See Patient.]
1. A suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any suffering or distress (as, a cardiac passion); specifically,
the suffering of Christ between the time of the last supper and his death, esp. in the garden upon the
cross. "The passions of this time." Wyclif (Rom. viii. 18).
To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs.Acts i. 3.
2. The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition;
opposed to action.
A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and, when set is motion, it is rather a
passion than an action in it.Locke.