the inhaling of cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke of others, especially by a nonsmoker in an enclosed area.
the inhalation of smoke from other people’s cigarettes by a nonsmoker
involuntary inhaling of smoke created by others
noun 1. Immunology. injection of lymphocytes or antibody from an immune or sensitized donor to a nonimmune host in order to impart immunity or test for allergic reactions. passive transfer n. The transfer of skin-sensitizing antibodies from the blood of an allergic individual to that of a nonallergic individual in order to test for an […]
- Passive tremor
passive tremor n. A tremor occurring at rest, and diminishing or ceasing during voluntary movement.
- Passive vocabulary
noun 1. all the words, collectively, that a person can understand Compare active vocabulary noun the lexemes known by a person, but not used Examples Our passive vocabulary is usually a third larger than our active vocabulary; we understand far more words than we routinely use.
- Passive voice
One of the two “voices” of verbs (see also active voice). A verb is in the passive voice when the subject of the sentence is acted on by the verb. For example, in “The ball was thrown by the pitcher,” the ball (the subject) receives the action of the verb, and was thrown is in […]