Definitions

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 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
  • 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

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

  • To pass or cross.
  • To walk sidewise: said of a saddle-horse. See the quotation.
  • 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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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 Old French passage, from passer ("to pass") (Wiktionary)
From French passager, from Italian passeggiare (Wiktionary)

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    July 23, 2009

  • "Davaine's series of experiments marked the first demonstration of a phenomenon that became known as 'passage.' This phenomenon reflects an organism's ability to adapt to its environment. When an organism of weak pathogenicity passes from living animal to living animal, it reproduces more proficiently, growing and spreading more efficiently. This often increases virulence."
    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 177

    February 14, 2009