passage

1
[pas-ij]

noun

verb (used without object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.

to make a passage; cross; pass; voyage.

Origin of passage

1
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to pass(er) to pass + -age -age

passage

2
[pas-ij, puh-sahzh]Manège.

noun

a slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground.

verb (used without object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.

(of a horse) to execute such a movement.
(of a rider) to cause a horse to execute such a movement.

verb (used with object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.

to cause (a horse) to passage.

Origin of passage

2
1790–1800; < French passager (v.), variant of passéger < Italian passeggiare to walk; see pace1
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passage

1

noun

a channel, opening, etc, through or by which a person or thing may pass
music a section or division of a piece, movement, etc
a way, as in a hall or lobby
a section of a written work, speech, etc, esp one of moderate length
a journey, esp by shipthe outward passage took a week
the act or process of passing from one place, condition, etc, to anotherpassage of a gas through a liquid
the permission, right, or freedom to passto be denied passage through a country
the enactment of a law or resolution by a legislative or deliberative body
an evacuation of the bowels
rare an exchange or interchange, as of blows, words, etc (esp in the phrase passage of arms)

Word Origin for passage

C13: from Old French from passer to pass

passage

2

noun

a sideways walk in which diagonal pairs of feet are lifted alternately
a cadenced lofty trot, the moment of suspension being clearly defined

verb

to move or cause to move at a passage

Word Origin for passage

C18: from French passager, variant of passéger, from Italian passeggiare to take steps, ultimately from Latin passūs step, pace 1
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Word Origin and History for passage
n.

early 13c., "a road, passage;" late 13c., "action of passing," from Old French passage "mountain pass, passage" (11c.), from passer "to go by" (see pass (v.)). Meaning "corridor in a building" first recorded 1610s. Meaning "a portion of writing" is from 1610s, of music, from 1670s.

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passage in Medicine

passage

[păsĭj]

n.

A movement from one place to another.
The process of passing from one condition or stage to another.
A path, channel, or duct through, over, or along which something may pass.
An act of emptying, as of the bowels.
The process of passing or maintaining a group of microorganisms or cells through a series of hosts or cultures.
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