from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of passing, especially:
- n. A movement from one place to another, as by going by, through, over, or across; transit or migration.
- n. The process of elapsing: the passage of time.
- n. The process of passing from one condition or stage to another; transition: the passage from childhood to adulthood.
- n. Enactment into law of a legislative measure.
- n. A journey, especially one by air or water: a rough passage on the stormy sea.
- n. The right to travel as a passenger, especially on a ship: book passage; pay for one's passage.
- n. The right, permission, or power to come and go freely: Only medical supply trucks were granted safe passage through enemy territory.
- n. A path, channel, or duct through, over, or along which something may pass: the nasal passages.
- n. A corridor. See Synonyms at way.
- n. An occurrence or event: "Another encouraging passage took place . . . when heads of state . . . took note of the extraneous factors affecting their economies that are beyond their control” ( Helen Kitchen).
- n. Something, such as an exchange of words or blows, that occurs between two persons: a passage at arms.
- n. A segment of a written work or speech: a celebrated passage from Shakespeare.
- n. Music A segment of a composition, especially one that demonstrates the virtuousity of the composer or performer: a passage of exquisite beauty, played to perfection.
- n. A section of a painting or other piece of artwork; a detail.
- n. Physiology An act of emptying, as of the bowels.
- n. Biology The process of passing or maintaining a group of microorganisms or cells through a series of hosts or cultures.
- n. Obsolete Death.
- n. A slow cadenced trot in which the horse raises and returns to the ground first one diagonal pair of feet, then the other.
- intransitive v. To execute such a trot in dressage.
- transitive v. To cause (a horse) to execute such a trot in dressage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- v. To execute a passage movement
- n. A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
- n. Part of a path or journey.
- n. The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament.
- n. An artistic term describing use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
- n. A passageway or corridor.
- n. An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide.
- n. The vagina.
- n. The act of passing
- v. To pass a pathogen through a hosts or media
- v. To make a passage, especially by sea; to cross
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through
- n. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
- n. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare.
- n. Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
- n. Way; road; path; channel or course through or by which one passes; way of exit or entrance; way of access or transit. Hence, a common avenue to various apartments in a building; a hall; a corridor.
- n. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series.
- n. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
- n. A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
- n. Reception; currency.
- n. A pass or en encounter.
- n. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
- n. In parliamentary proceedings: (a) The course of a proposition (bill, resolution, etc.) through the several stages of consideration and action. (b) The advancement of a bill or other proposition from one stage to another by an affirmative vote; esp., the final affirmative action of the body upon a proposition; hence, adoption; enactment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A passing or moving from one place or state to another; movement, transit, or transference from point to point, place to place, state to state, hand to hand, etc.; a moving or going by, over, along, or through: as, the passage of a ship or of a bird; the passage of something through a tube or a sieve; the passage of the sunlight through the clouds.
- n. A journey in some conveyance, especially a ship; a voyage.
- n. A way or course through or by which a person or thing may pass; a path or way by which transit may be effected; means of entrance, exit, or transit; an avenue, channel, or path leading from one place to another, such as a narrow street or lane, an alley, a pass over a mountain or a ford over a river, a channel, a strait connecting two bodies of water, a ferry, etc.: as, the passages of Jordan (Judges xii. 6); the Gilolo passage in the Malay archipelago; the air-passages of the body.
- n. Specifically An avenue or alley leading to the various divisions or apartments in a building; a gallery or corridor; a hall.
- n. In some European cities, a section of a public street, or a short independent street, roofed in with glass, having shops on both sides, and usually or always closed to vehicles: as, the Passage du Havre in Paris.
- n. Passage-money; fare; ferriage; toll; price paid for passing or for being carried between two points or places.
- n. Liberty or power of passing; access; entry or exit.
- n. Currency; reception.
- n. That which passes or takes place, or has passed or taken place; incident; occurrence; happening; episode; event; doing; matter; affair; transaction.
- n. A part of a writing or speech concerning a particular occurrence, matter, or point; a paragraph or clause.
- n. A part of a conversation; a speech; a remark; a statement; an expression.
- n. In music: A phrase or other definite division of a piece. A figure. A scale-like or arpeggiated group or series of tones introduced as an embellishment; a run, roulade, or flourish intended for display. A modulation.
- n. A pass or encounter: as, a passage at arms.
- n. The act of passing, enacting, or rendering valid; approval, sanction, or enactment; authoritative adoption and enactment, as of a parliamentary motion, measure, or bill: as, the passage of the bill through the House was accomplished with difficulty.
- n. A passing away; departure; death.
- n. An old game played by two persons with three dice.
- n. Any quarrel, especially one of words; as. there was a grand passage of arms between them.
- n. To make an outward or a home trip, as a vessel, as dis-tinguished from cruising about.
- n. Synonyms Path, Pass, etc. See way.
- To pass or cross.
- To walk sidewise: said of a saddle-horse. See the quotation.
- n. In the manège, the movement of a horse when passaging; an advance sideways in obedience to the pressure of the rider's leg: a very showy movement, often executed in a march past.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the motion of one object relative to another
- n. the act of passing from one state or place to the next
- n. a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
- n. a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass
- n. the passing of a law by a legislative body
- n. a short section of a musical composition
- n. a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
- n. a way through or along which someone or something may pass
- n. the act of passing something to another person
- n. a journey usually by ship
Middle English, from Old French, from passer, to pass; see pass.
French, from passager, to execute a passage, alteration (influenced by passer, to pass) of passéger, from Italian passeggiare, from passare, to pass, from Vulgar Latin *passāre, from Latin passus, step; see pace1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French passager, from Italian passeggiare (Wiktionary)
From Old French passage, from passer ("to pass") (Wiktionary)