from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Heraldry Being a beast facing and walking toward the viewer's left with one front leg raised.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Passing from one to another; in circulation; current.
- adj. Curs�ry, careless.
- adj. Surpassing; excelling.
- adj. Walking; -- said of any animal on an escutcheon, which is represented as walking with the dexter paw raised.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Walking; walking leisurely: in heraldry, said of a beast used as a bearing. The beast is always understood to hold the head straight and to look forward. See cut under counterchanged.
- Passing; transitory.
- Cursory; careless; without deliberation or reflection.
- Surpassing; excelling.
- n. One who passes or passes through or over.
- n. An open hem furnishing a sort of tube, through which a cord or ribbon can be passed.
- n. In numismatics, a figure on a coin in a walking position from right to left or from left to right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in walking position with right foreleg raised
_Combatant_: when back to back, they are _Addorsed_: when passant or salient in contrary directions, they are _Counter passant_ or _Counter salient_.
The man who wore it had his heraldic device embroidered in vivid colours on his breasta chevron and a stag passant, the scutcheon supported by a branch of olive dexter and a stags horn sinister.
It was never offered as a legal rebuttal to the NJ decision; it was an en passant summary (and a pretty accurate one at that) and nothing more.
(Bonus points to Joel for swiping en passant at airport book titan Thomas Friedman and his cartographic ironing board.)
These are frequently middle-aged couples who roam the floor together, towing a bulky roller suitcase that kneecaps, en passant, those attendees who don't remember to watch out in the crowded thoroughfares.
He mentions, en passant, that one of their friends turned up to the party wearing a tunic dress.
(Let me just note, en passant, that I don't believe for a moment that Farber "interpreted" Zerb's comment in any such manner.)
Just when a decisive voice is called for, there's Michael Ignatieff bleating almost en passant about the Harper cut-and-run exercise, and then proffering loads of hype about a Liberal "thinkers 'conference" in March (which may conflict with a Spring election call, leaving all those thoughts unthought).
Et que, devant toute femme passant sous ses yeux, s'éveille aussitôt en lui la pulsion de lui sauter sur le râble pour consommer l'oeuvre de chair.
If George Will had said this instead of Obama, Matt would be calling him a liar and demanding that he be fired. en passant Says: