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  1. a portion or section of a written work; a paragraph, verse, etc.: a passage of Scripture.
  2. a phrase or other division of a musical work.
  3. Fine Arts. an area, section, or detail of a work, especially with respect to its qualities of execution: passages of sensitive brushwork.
  4. an act or instance of passing from one place, condition, etc., to another; transit.
  5. the permission, right, or freedom to pass: to refuse passage through a territory.
  6. the route or course by which a person or thing passes or travels.
  7. a hall or corridor; passageway.
  8. an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something: the nasal passages.
  9. a voyage by water from one point to another: a rough passage across the English Channel.
  10. the privilege of conveyance as a passenger: to book passage on an ocean liner.
  11. the price charged for accommodation on a ship; fare.
  12. a lapse or passing, as of time.
  13. a progress or course, as of events.
  14. the enactment into law of a legislative measure.
  15. an interchange of communications, confidences, etc., between persons.
  16. an exchange of blows; altercation or dispute: a passage at arms.
  17. the act of causing something to pass; transference; transmission.
  18. an evacuation of the bowels.
  19. an occurrence, incident, or event.
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verb (used without object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.
  1. to make a passage; cross; pass; voyage.
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Origin of passage1

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


[pas-ij, puh-sahzh]Manège.
  1. a slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground.
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verb (used without object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.
  1. (of a horse) to execute such a movement.
  2. (of a rider) to cause a horse to execute such a movement.
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verb (used with object), pas·saged, pas·sag·ing.
  1. to cause (a horse) to passage.
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Origin of passage2

1790–1800; < French passager (v.), variant of passéger < Italian passeggiare to walk; see pace1
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  1. a channel, opening, etc, through or by which a person or thing may pass
  2. music a section or division of a piece, movement, etc
  3. a way, as in a hall or lobby
  4. a section of a written work, speech, etc, esp one of moderate length
  5. a journey, esp by shipthe outward passage took a week
  6. the act or process of passing from one place, condition, etc, to anotherpassage of a gas through a liquid
  7. the permission, right, or freedom to passto be denied passage through a country
  8. the enactment of a law or resolution by a legislative or deliberative body
  9. an evacuation of the bowels
  10. rare an exchange or interchange, as of blows, words, etc (esp in the phrase passage of arms)
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French from passer to pass


  1. a sideways walk in which diagonal pairs of feet are lifted alternately
  2. a cadenced lofty trot, the moment of suspension being clearly defined
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  1. to move or cause to move at a passage
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Word Origin

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


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


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