(redirected from passing water)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


As a verb, to utter or pronounce, as when the court passes sentence upon a prisoner. Also to proceed; to be rendered or given, as when judgment is said to pass for the plaintiff in a suit.

In legislative parlance, a bill or resolution is said to pass when it is agreed to or enacted by the house, or when the body has sanctioned its adoption by the requisite majority of votes; in the same circumstances, the body is said to pass the bill or motion.

When an auditor appointed to examine any accounts certifies to their correctness, she is said to pass them; i.e., they pass through the examination without being detained or sent back for inaccuracy or imperfection.

The term also means to examine anything and then authoritatively determine the disputed questions that it involves. In this sense a jury is said to pass upon the rights or issues in litigation before them.

In the language of conveyancing, the term means to move from one person to another; i.e. to be transferred or conveyed from one owner to another.

To publish; utter; transfer; circulate; impose fraudulently. This is the meaning of the word when referring to the offense of passing counterfeit money or a forged paper.

As a noun, permission to pass; a license to go or come; a certificate, emanating from authority, wherein it is declared that a designated person is permitted to go beyond certain boundaries that, without such authority, he could not lawfully pass. Also a ticket issued by a railroad or other transportation company, authorizing a designated person to travel free on its lines, between certain points or for a limited time.

PASS. In the slave states this word signifies a certificate given by the master or mistress to a slave, in which it is stated that he is permitted to leave his home, with the authority of his master or mistress. The paper on which such certificate is written is also called a pass.

PASS, practice. To be given, or entered; to proceed; as, let the judgment pass for the plaintiff.

TO PASS. To accomplish, to complete, to decide.
     2. The title to goods passes by the sale whenever the parties have agreed upon the sale and the price, and nothing remains to be done to complete the agreement. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 939.
     3. When a jury decide upon the rights of the parties, which are in issue, they are said to pass upon them.

References in periodicals archive ?
Symptoms include going to toilet at least twice during the night, often needing to rush to the loo, difficulty passing water and never feeling completely empty after going.
Men may notice a cloudy, white or yellow discharge and pain while passing water.
PASSING WATER: Construction work under way on the River Taff at Blackweir in Cardiff PICTURE: Peter Bolter Y
* Symptoms include high blood pressure, tiredness, anaemia, difficulty passing water, breathlessness and thirst.
AFTER reading about the plan to fine people for passing water in the street, I would like to know if there are adequate toilets in the Civic Centre, because in Newcastle city centre toilet facilities are not adequate.
Pain on passing water may mean you have an infection and you should see your doctor.
All the way up Croagh Patrick I was passing water all right, but it was sweat that kept flowing as I made my way toward the little white church that sits on top of the peak that overlooks County Mayo.
The symptoms of benign prostate disease include difficulty in passing water and a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder completely.
In men, it can cause stinging and burning on passing water, plus a thin discharge.