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[pas-uh s] /ˌpæs əs/
noun, plural passus, passuses.
a section or division of a story, poem, etc.; canto.
Origin of passus
1565-75; < Medieval Latin, Latin: step. See pace1 Unabridged
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  • The expression used, however, for fathoms is passus, presumably the Roman measure equal to 58.1 inches.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • One of the "passus" is just twice the average length, and 30 lines longer than the one which comes next to it in size.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Gressus is a product of going, but passus, of standing also, if the feet are at the same distance from each other as in walking.

  • This only extends to eleven passus, or less than half of the whole poem, as subsequently written.

British Dictionary definitions for passus


noun (pl) -sus, -suses
(esp in medieval literature) a division or section of a poem, story, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: step, pace1
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