as a student, achieving an acceptable grade on a test or in a course ("I'm passing English this year.")
while driving, overtaking a slower car in a separate lane (preferably on the left in countries which drive on the right), or the (passing) lane set aside for doing so ("That car's passing me on the left.")
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Topographically, a pass has the general form of a saddle between two mountains (the elevation as a function of two position coordinates is mathematically a saddle point).
Passes may be very short, consisting of steep slopes to the top of the pass, or valleys of many kilometers, whose highest point is only identifiable by surveying.
There are thousands of named passes around the world; some are familiar names, such as the Great St. Bernard Pass (2,473 m) in the Alps, the Khyber Pass (1,027 m) between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the Khardung La (5,359 m) in Jammu and Kashmir, India.
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