Definition of Passage

1. Noun. The act of passing from one state or place to the next.

Exact synonyms: Transition
Generic synonyms: Change Of State
Specialized synonyms: Fossilisation, Fossilization, Segue
Derivative terms: Pass, Transit, Transition

2. Noun. A section of text; particularly a section of medium length.
Group relationships: Text, Textual Matter
Generic synonyms: Section, Subdivision
Specialized synonyms: Excerpt, Excerption, Extract, Selection, Locus Classicus, Place, Purple Passage, Transition, Text

3. Noun. A way through or along which someone or something may pass.
Specialized synonyms: Adit, Aisle, Channel, Conduit, Cul, Cul De Sac, Dead End, Fish Ladder, Passageway, Right Of Way, Shaft, Throat
Generic synonyms: Way

4. Noun. The passing of a law by a legislative body.
Exact synonyms: Enactment
Generic synonyms: Lawmaking, Legislating, Legislation
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Enact, Pass

5. Noun. A journey usually by ship. "The outward passage took 10 days"
Exact synonyms: Transit
Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying
Specialized synonyms: Lockage
Derivative terms: Transit

6. Noun. A short section of a musical composition.

7. Noun. A path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass. "The nasal passages"

8. Noun. A bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another. "The passing of flatus"
Exact synonyms: Passing
Generic synonyms: Reaction, Response
Derivative terms: Pass

9. Noun. The motion of one object relative to another. "Stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
Exact synonyms: Passing
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement
Derivative terms: Pass, Pass

10. Noun. The act of passing something to another person.
Exact synonyms: Handing Over
Generic synonyms: Bringing, Delivery
Specialized synonyms: Relay
Derivative terms: Pass

Definition of Passage

1. n. The act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the passage of a ship or a bird; the passage of light; the passage of fluids through the pores or channels of the body.

Definition of Passage

1. Noun. A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning. ¹

2. Noun. Part of a path or journey. ¹

3. Noun. The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament. ¹

4. Noun. An artistic term describing use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works. ¹

5. Noun. A passageway or corridor. ¹

6. Noun. (caving) An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide. ¹

7. Noun. (euphemistic) The vagina. ¹

8. Noun. The act of passing ¹

9. Verb. (medicine) To pass a pathogen through a hosts or media ¹

10. Verb. (rare) To make a passage, especially by sea; to cross ¹

11. Noun. (dressage) A movement in classical dressage, in which the horse performs a very collected, energetic, and elevated trot that has a longer period of suspension between each foot fall than a working trot. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive dressage) To execute a passage movement ¹

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Definition of Passage

1. to make a voyage [v -SAGED, -SAGING, -SAGES]

Medical Definition of Passage

1. 1. An evacuation of the bowels. 2. The introduction of a catheter, probe, sound or bougie through a natural channel such as the urethra. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Passage

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1. Annual Report by Massachusetts Harbor and Land Commission (1885)
"passage-ways on the Back Bay. passage-ways, so called in the deeds, running the whole length of the Back Bay from east to west, midway between and parallel ..."

2. The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1905)
"... CHAPTER IV THE passage THE passage in which Dick and Joanna now found themselves was narrow, dirty, and short. At the other end of it, ..."

3. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, James John Graham, Frederic Natusch Maude (1908)
"CHAPTER VIII passage OF RIVERS (i) A LARGE river which crosses the direction of the attack is always very inconvenient for the assailant : for when he has ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... but it seems a great deal more likely that the attracted optative is the real fault, and that the subjunctive should be restored and the passage read ..."

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