past


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to past: past perfect, Past life

past

adjective ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, back, defunct, departed, elapsed, expired, forgotten, former, gone, gone by, historical, irrecoverable, lapsed, last, late, lost, no longer functioning, obsolete, old, outmoded, over, passed, previous, prior, quondam, retired
Associated concepts: past consideration, past recollection

past

noun ancient times, antecedence, anteriority, history, former time, former times, long ago, past times, preexistence, previous time, previousness, the past, times past
See also: back, defunct, former, last, obsolete, old, outdated, outmoded, preceding, previous, prior
References in classic literature ?
Nothing, I dare say, has been farther from your thoughts than that there had been important ties in the past which could connect your history with mine."
He was already in a state of keen sensitiveness and hardly allayed agitation on the subject of ties in the past, and his presentiments were not agreeable.
No wonder, then, that the social consciousness of past ages, despite all the multiplicity and variety it displays, moves within certain common forms, or general ideas, which cannot completely vanish except with the total disappearance of class antagonisms.
"The future acts of the Prince of Helium," she said coldly, "must constitute the proof of his past honesty of purpose."
Can it be that we have stumbled upon a surviving city of the past which all Barsoom believes buried beneath the ages?"
There were mural paintings, too, depicting great historic events of the past. For the first time Victory saw the likeness of a horse, and she was much affected by a huge oil which depicted some ancient cavalry charge against a battery of field guns.
The stems of the ivy which clambered upward past the window of the room were as large around as my arm.
We had shot through the Pool, past the West India Docks, down the long Deptford Reach, and up again after rounding the Isle of Dogs.
At the same moment the wooden- legged man threw himself upon the rudder and put it hard down, so that his boat made straight in for the southern bank, while we shot past her stern, only clearing her by a few feet.
Every little caution that Marian and I practised towards her--every little remedy we tried, to strengthen and steady slowly the weakened, shaken faculties, was a fresh protest in itself against the risk of turning her mind back on the troubled and the terrible past.
At least it might have been thought that Anna would have confessed HER share in the past. Yet see what she says!
The object may be something past or future; it may be physical, not mental; it may be something abstract, like equality for example; it may be something imaginary, like a golden mountain; or it may even be something self-contradictory, like a round square.