from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pass or cross.
  • To walk sidewise: said of a saddle-horse. See the quotation.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A journey in some conveyance, especially a ship; a voyage.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Specifically An avenue or alley leading to the various divisions or apartments in a building; a gallery or corridor; a hall.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Passage-money; fare; ferriage; toll; price paid for passing or for being carried between two points or places.
  • noun Liberty or power of passing; access; entry or exit.
  • noun Currency; reception.
  • noun That which passes or takes place, or has passed or taken place; incident; occurrence; happening; episode; event; doing; matter; affair; transaction.
  • noun A part of a writing or speech concerning a particular occurrence, matter, or point; a paragraph or clause.
  • noun A part of a conversation; a speech; a remark; a statement; an expression.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A pass or encounter: as, a passage at arms.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A passing away; departure; death.
  • noun An old game played by two persons with three dice.
  • noun Any quarrel, especially one of words; as. there was a grand passage of arms between them.
  • noun To make an outward or a home trip, as a vessel, as dis-tinguished from cruising about.
  • noun Synonyms Path, Pass, etc. See way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through
  • noun Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
  • noun Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare.
  • noun rare Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series.
  • noun A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
  • noun A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
  • noun obsolete Reception; currency.
  • noun A pass or en encounter.
  • noun A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
  • noun 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.
  • noun in passing; cursorily.
  • noun See under Middle, Northeast, etc.
  • noun passing from one place, region, or climate, to another; migratory; -- said especially of birds.
  • noun a hawk taken on its passage or migration.
  • noun money paid for conveyance of a passenger, -- usually for carrying passengers by water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • 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.
  • verb intransitive, dressage To execute a passage movement
  • noun A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
  • noun Part of a path or journey.
  • noun The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament.
  • noun An artistic term describing use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
  • noun A passageway or corridor.
  • noun caving An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide.
  • noun euphemistic The vagina.


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From French passager, from Italian passeggiare

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From Old French passage, from passer ("to pass")


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