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Past (?), a. [From Pass, v.]

Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences.

"Past ages."

Milton.

Past master. See under Master.

 

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Past, n.

A former time or state; a state of things gone by.

"The past, at least, is secure."

D. Webster.

The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed. Trench.

 

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Past, prep.

1.

Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.

"Who being past feeling." Eph. iv. 19. "Galled past endurance." Macaulay.

Until we be past thy borders. Num. xxi. 22.

Love, when once past government, is consequently past shame. L'Estrange.

2.

Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.

Is it not past two o'clock? Shak.

3.

Above; exceeding; more than.

[R.]

Not past three quarters of a mile. Shak.

Bows not past three quarters of a yard long. Spenser.

 

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Past (?), adv.

By; beyond; as, he ran past.

The alarum of drums swept past. Longfellow.

 

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