Past adv. By; beyond; as, he ran past.
The alarum of drums swept past. --Longfellow.
Past a. 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.”
Past master. See under Master.
Past, n. A former time or state; a state of things gone by. “The past, at least, is secure.”
The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed. --Trench.
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.
adj 1: earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time
past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the
past year" [ant: present(a), future]
2: of a person who has held and relinquished a position or
office; "a retiring member of the board" [syn: past(a),
3: a verb tense or other construction referring to events or
states that existed at some previous time; "past
n 1: the time that has elapsed; "forget the past" [syn: past
times, yesteryear, yore] [ant: future]
2: a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they
have reason to keep secret); "reporters dug into the
3: a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
[syn: past tense]
adv : so as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past"