Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Throughout or frequently; here and there. Used in textual annotation to indicate that something, such as a word or passage, occurs frequently in the work cited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. throughout or frequently
  • adv. here and there

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Here and there; everywhere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Here and there; in many different places; everywhere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. used to refer to cited works

Etymologies

Latin, from passus, past participle of pandere, to scatter, spread out; see petə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin passim ("here and there, everywhere"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Michael StewartNewtownabbey, County Antrim• I know we don't have major earthquakes Reports, passim, but I remember being panic-stricken circa 1957 in Nottingham sitting in French lessons when the statues of Our Lady and the Sacred Heart wobbled alarmingly and Sister Mary ordered us to vacate the classroom saying Hail Marys as we ran.

    Letters: Cockney sparrows

  • On fort construction and vermin, see Clary, These Relics, passim, and especially ch.

    George Washington’s First War

  • (Ibid., p. 27, et passim); (5) the reversion to animal state is seen in his abandonment, one by one, of the accoutrements of civilization: the rifle, pack, gold.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang

  • And yet another response is, yes, the post-feminist reaction to objectification by men, that of objectifying them right back, has arguably gone too far: see Sex and the City reviews, passim.

    Thanks, Fiona, for giving women another bum deal

  • I would also encourage others to do so on the 'Barbary ape principle' (see Devil's Kitchen passim).

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • My Neighbour Who Knows What I Like (blogs passim) also Knows What My Son Likes, and I see him walking off with a box containing an unconstructed Lego Bionicle on his head.

    Blue Skies, Cream Teas

  • As in blogs passim, I'm finding fungi more and more interesting, not as a supplement to my diet or as a way of radically altering my thought processes, but just for the way they look.

    Puff The Magic Mushrooms

  • This was a nod to my O.B.E. (blogs passim: Old Brand Excess) where life is enriched by certain pantry staples.

    Wessex Interlude 1

  • Invited to join: de Latour guestbook, passim, DFP.

    LAST CALL

  • Ibid., and, on Marshall, 527; Leonard Baker, John Marshall: A Life in Law New York and London, 1974, 4 and passim.

    Ratification

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  • Not forgetting 'passer'. And of course, more personstrionically, 'passem'.

    February 24, 2008

  • The tendency of a word to be used frequently and consistantly in a literary work or passage.

    January 12, 2007