[ pas-im ]
/ ˈpæs ɪm /

adverb Latin.

here and there: used in bibliographic references to indicate that the writer has drawn upon material scattered throughout the source cited.

Nearby words

  1. passerby,
  2. passeriform,
  3. passerine,
  4. passible,
  5. passifloraceous,
  6. passing,
  7. passing bell,
  8. passing lane,
  9. passing note,
  10. passing shot

sic passim

[ seek pahs-sim; English sik pas-im ]
/ sik ˈpɑs sɪm; English sɪk ˈpæs ɪm /

adverb Latin.

so throughout: used especially as a footnote to indicate that a word, phrase, or idea recurs throughout the book being cited. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for passim


/ Latin (ˈpæsɪm) /


here and there; throughout: used to indicate that what is referred to occurs frequently in the work cited

sic passim

/ Latin (ˈsɪk ˈpæsɪm) /

a phrase used in printed works to indicate that a word, spelling, etc, occurs in the same form throughout

Word Origin for sic passim

literally: thus everywhere

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Word Origin and History for passim



"occurring in various places," Latin, literally "scatteredly, in every direction," adverb from passus, past participle of pandere "to stretch" (see pace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for passim


[ (pas-im) ]

A word used in footnotes and similar material to indicate that a word or subject occurs frequently. For example, an entry in an index reading “coal: 78–86 passim” means that coal is mentioned throughout pages 78 to 86. Passim is Latin for “throughout” or “here and there.”

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