General English



  • verb to be successful in an examination or test


  • noun a permit to allow someone to go into a building



  • One-direction application of a substance, such as paint or a layer of shotcrete, placed in one movement over the field of operation.
  • A single progression of a welding operation along a joint, resulting in a weld bead.


  • To proceed or be allowed to proceed. For instance, the frequencies which a filter transmits.
  • To be transmitted or transferred from one point to another, or between entities. For example, the transmission of messages in a communications network, the sending of signals between a CPU and peripheral, or the transfer of control from one device to another.
  • To proceed from one state or condition to another. For instance, to go from a forward bias to a reverse bias.
  • In computers, a complete read or write cycle.
  • A single circuit made by a satellite within its orbit.
  • An interval during which a satellite is within its telemetry range.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a complete run of a computer, printing machine or typesetting machine


  • noun
    (written as PASS)
    a Home Office accreditation scheme for identity cards which are used to prove someone’s age, e.g. for the purposes of buying alcohol.
  • verb to vote to make a law
  • acronym forProof-of-Age Standards Scheme
    (written as PASS)


  • verb to allow faeces, urine or any other body product to come out of the body


  • noun a narrow route through mountainous country
  • noun an approach flight towards a target made by an attacking aircraft
  • verb to hand something to another person


  • noun a piece of paper allowing someone to go into a building or area


  • noun a permit to allow somebody to go into a building


  • noun an act of throwing, kicking or hitting a ball or other object to another player in a sport
  • verb to throw, kick or hit a ball or other object to another player during a game


  • noun a lower area between two mountain peaks
  • noun a bus or train season ticket, or a permit to go in or out of a building, etc.

Origin & History of “pass”

Strictly speaking, English has two distinct words pass, although they come from the same ultimate source, and have now virtually merged together again. that source was Latin passus ‘step’, which gave English pace. From it was derived the vulgar Latin verb *passāre, which came to English via Old French passer. The past participle of the English verb has become past; and other related English words include passage and passenger. The noun pass ‘mountain defile’ originated as a sense of pace, but since the early modern English period has been spelled (and pronounced) pass, partly through reassociation with French pas, partly under the influence of the verb pass.