Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who passes, in any sense of that word.
- n. A drill used in cutlery to make holes to receive little ornamental studs of gold or silver. It has a stop to prevent the point of the drill from penetrating the handle beyond the required depth.
- n. A gimlet.
- n. A genus of fringilliform or conirostral oscine passerine birds, founded by Brisson in 1760, typically representing the family Fringillidæ, and a representative example of the Oscines or normal Passeres. The name lapsed, or was used with little discrimination, for a century, but is now in nearly universal use for that genus of finches which contains the common European or so-called English sparrow (P. domesticus), the European tree-sparrow (P. montanus), and several other closely related species. The two species named are both naturalized in the United States. See
- n. sports Someone who passes, someone who makes a pass
- n. American football A football player who makes a forward pass, who may be (but not limited to) the quarterback.
- n. archaic One who passes; a passenger.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who passes; a passenger.
- n. a person who passes by casually or by chance
- n. a student who passes an examination
- n. type genus of the Passeridae
- n. (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
- n. a person who passes as a member of a different ethnic or racial group
“The famed passer from the University of Alabama required surgery on a severely damaged right knee 23 days after he signed, and he was so gimpy-legged that fans held their breath every time he went down, but he made it, all right.”
“Needed some LB depth and got it in third round with Philip Wheeler, who can run and rush the passer from the edge.”
“A two-time NFL MVP (1989, '90), Montana twice led the NFL in passer rating and was the fifth quarterback ever to throw for 40,000 yards.”
“Quarterback: Carson Palmer tailed off a little in passer rating (from 101.1 in 2005 to 93.9 last season) and completion percentage (67.8% to 62.3%).”
“Ken O'Brien was a solid starter and led the NFL in passer rating in 1985.”
“Might be best rushing the passer from the inside because he relies more on power than outside burst.”
“All Pennington did that year was lead the NFL in passer rating.”
“Capable of making sharp cuts and shows a good relationship with the quarterback, knowing when to come back to find the seam in the short zone when the passer is flushed out of the pocket looking for secondary targets ...”
“Must do a better job of reading coverages and maintaining a relationship with the quarterback, as he fails to work his way back when the passer is in trouble.”
“Although he went on to lead the NFL in passer rating every year from 1991-94 and was the league's Most Valuable Player in 1992, the left-hander would not truly escape from Montana's enormous shadow until Super Bowl XXIX.”
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