Definitions for: Passage


[n] the act of passing from one state or place to the next
[n] a journey usually by ship; "the outward passage took 10 days"
[n] the act of passing something to another person
[n] a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus"
[n] the passing of a law by a legislative body
[n] a way through or along which someone or something may pass
[n] a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
[n] a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
[n] a short section of a musical composition
[n] the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pas"sage, n. [F. passage. See Pass, v. i.]
1. The act of passing; transit from one place to another;
movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or
through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the
passage of a ship or a bird; the passage of light; the
passage of fluids through the pores or channels of the
body.

What! are my doors opposed against my passage!
--Shak.

2. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water,
carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or
means, of passing; conveyance.

The ship in which he had taken passage. --Macaulay.

3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's
passage.

4. Removal from life; decease; departure; death. [R.]
``Endure thy mortal passage.'' --Milton.

When he is fit and season'd for his passage. --Shak.

5. 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.

And with his pointed dart Explores the nearest
passage to his heart. --Dryden.

The Persian army had advanced into the . . .
passages of Cilicia. --South.

6. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or
continuous series; as, the passage of time.

The conduct and passage of affairs. --Sir J.
Davies.

The passage and whole carriage of this action.
--Shak.

7. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an
occurrence; an incident; an act or deed. ``In thy passages
of life.'' --Shak.

The . . . almost incredible passage of their
unbelief. --South.

8. A particular portion constituting a part of something
continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical
composition; a paragraph; a clause.

How commentators each dark passage shun. --Young.

9. Reception; currency. [Obs.] --Sir K. Digby.

10. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.

No passages of love Betwixt us twain henceforward
evermore. --Tennyson.

11. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.

12. In parliamentary proceedings:
(a) The course of a proposition (bill, resolution, etc.)
through the several stages of consideration and
action; as, during its passage through Congress the
bill was amended in both Houses.
(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; as, the
passage of the bill to its third reading was delayed.
``The passage of the Stamp Act.'' --D. Hosack.

The final question was then put upon its
passage. --Cushing.

In passage, in passing; cursorily. ``These . . . have been
studied but in passage.'' --Bacon.

Middle passage, Northeast passage, Northwest passage.
See under Middle, Northeast, etc.

Of passage, passing from one place, region, or climate, to
another; migratory; -- said especially of birds. ``Birds
of passage.'' --Longfellow.

Passage hawk, a hawk taken on its passage or migration.

Passage money, money paid for conveyance of a passenger, --
usually for carrying passengers by water.



Syn: Vestibule; hall; corridor. See Vestibule.

Synonyms: enactment, handing over, musical passage, passageway, passing, passing, transit, transition

See Also: adagio, adit, aisle, allegro, anatomical structure, birth canal, bodily structure, body structure, bringing, cadenza, canal, change of state, channel, channel, complex body part, composition, conduit, cul, cul de sac, dead end, delivery, duct, epicardia, epithelial duct, esophagus, excerpt, extract, fauces, fish ladder, fistula, fossilisation, fossilization, gorge, gullet, impromptu, intro, journey, journeying, largo, lawmaking, legislating, legislation, lockage, locus classicus, meatus, modulation, motion, movement, musical composition, musical phrase, oesophagus, opening, opus, orifice, passageway, phrase, piece, piece of music, place, porta, purple passage, reaction, recitative, relay, response, right of way, root canal, section, selection, shaft, shunt, sinus, sinusoid, structure, subdivision, text, textual matter, throat, transition, way

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