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past

[′past]
(relativity)
For an event in space-time, all events from which a signal could be emitted that could reach the event in question by traveling at speeds less than or equal to the speed of light.
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He had been gazing at the red embers as intently as if his past life were all pictured there, or as if it were a prospect of the future world, when little Alice's voice aroused him.
My friends," said he, "it is twenty minutes past ten.
Let us not sit with folded hands, gazing upon the past as if it were the building; it is but the foundation.
They rode through the village of Rykonty, past tethered French hussar horses, past sentinels and men who saluted their colonel and stared with curiosity at a Russian uniform, and came out at the other end of the village.
There is much to be learned from the minor novelists and poets of the past about people's ways of thinking and feeling, but not much that the masters do not give you in better quality and fuller measure; and I should say, Read the old masters and let their schools go, rather than neglect any possible master of your own time.
And Esther Dudley fancied that as soon as the wide door should be flung open, all the pomp and splendor of by-gone times would pace majestically into the Province House, and the gilded tapestry of the past would be brightened by the sunshine of the present.
Into this second life Bulstrode's past had now risen, only the pleasures of it seeming to have lost their quality.
See, here are my two reals," and he bade Sancho give them to Master Pedro; but he answered for the ape and said, "Senor, this animal does not give any answer or information touching things that are to come; of things past he knows something, and more or less of things present.
In bourgeois society, therefore, the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past.
So quickly was the thing over that Carthoris could scarce believe his senses as the mighty body rushed madly past him.
As we entered deeper into what had once been the city, the evidences of man's past occupancy became more frequent.
It was a little past seven before we reached the Westminster wharf, and found our launch awaiting us.