Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • adverb Here and there; everywhere.

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

  • adverb throughout or frequently
  • adverb here and there

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

  • adverb used to refer to cited works

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from passus, past participle of pandere, to scatter, spread out; see petə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From the Latin passim ("here and there, everywhere").

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

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

    George Washington’s First War

  • 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

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

    George Washington’s First War

  • 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

  • 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

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

    January 12, 2007

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

    February 24, 2008