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1. No longer current; gone by; over: His youth is past.
2. Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone: past events; in years past.
a. Earlier than the present time; ago: 40 years past.
b. Just gone by or elapsed: in the past few days.
4. Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one: a past president; a past inmate of a cell.
5. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb tense or form used to express an action or condition prior to the time it is expressed.
1. The time before the present.
a. Previous background, career, experiences, and activities: an elderly person with a distinguished past.
b. A former period of someone's life kept secret or thought to be shameful: a family with a checkered past.
3. Grammar
a. The past tense.
b. A verb form in the past tense.
So as to pass by or go beyond: He waved as he walked past.
1. Beyond in time; later than or after: past midnight; a quarter past two.
2. Beyond in position; farther than: The house is a mile past the first stoplight. They walked past the memorial in silence.
a. Beyond the power, scope, extent, or influence of: The problem is past the point of resolution.
b. Beyond in development or appropriateness: The child is past drinking from a bottle. You're past sucking your thumb, so don't do it.
4. Beyond the number or amount of: The child couldn't count past 20. See Usage Note at pass.

[Middle English, from past participle of passen, to pass; see pass.]

past′ness n.


1. the state of being in the past
2. the quality of being reminiscent of the past
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastness - the quality of being past
timing - the time when something happens
recency, recentness - a time immediately before the present
futurity - the quality of being in or of the future
nowness, presentness - the quality of being the present; "a study of the pastness of the present and...of the presentness of the past"- R.E.Spiller
References in classic literature ?
We may say, then, that images are regarded by us as more or less accurate copies of past occurrences because they come to us with two sorts of feelings: (1) Those that may be called feelings of familiarity; (2) those that may be collected together as feelings giving a sense of pastness.
James states that it is this way of apprehending the immediate past that is "the ORIGINAL of our experience of pastness, from whence we get the meaning of the term"("Psychology," i, p.
The conservative also cultivates, maintains, and enlarges traditions, often by engaging in creative work that emerges from an awareness "not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence," in the words of T.
As Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra define, postfeminism entails "a set of assumptions, widely disseminated within popular media forms, having to do with the 'pastness' of feminism, whether that supposed pastness is merely noted, mourned, or celebrated" (2007:1).
Increasingly separated from the nationalism of the border ballad and its romance of origins and from the broadside ballad, the nineteenth-century literary ballad relishes instead its own "stylistic connotation," the generic texture that gives a sense of pastness embodied in and felt as style.
The use of historical practice in federal courts law rests on a theory of prescription--that is, past practice derives authority from its sheer pastness.
On the other hand, archival footage is often cited to create, as Baron (2014) suggests, an experience of archivalness and a feeling of pastness without specific temporal referent.
The same can be said for Serena Love's chapter on the felt pastness of architecture, which is a considered and measured analysis of how social, cultural, and historical dimensions of materiality are best understood in sensual terms (p.
Fundamental to her argument are concepts of pastness and foundness.
Lapthisophon's work evokes the past, and in general a sense of pastness, to poetically address the present.
Khwam charoen calls for the attention to the invocation of Lanna's pastness of prosperity and demonstrates the currently problematic material constructions of landscape.
Thus emerges a future as a paradoxical replication of "a still unprocessed past"--"'the coming times' not just in relation to the unalterable past that has produced them, but as themselves a pastness, a lostness, located in an emergent future" (Yeats and Afterwords 5).