Student or Learner
He had expected something to happen, but still he recoiled when a horizontal sheet of metal—thirty feet long and four inches thick—shot out of each wall with a terrible screech.
The plates of metal are too big and heavy. They would tear past whatever was in front of them as if it were not there.
(C. Paolini; Inheritance)
What 'past' is supposed to mean here?
Does it mean 'in a direction so as to pass by or go beyond'?
To show speed, we use a variety of verbs and can combine them with "past" to show that someone is overtaking (whether in a car or on foot).
He flew past me,
He tore past me.
He shot past me.