[pas-uh s]

Origin of passus

1565–75; < Medieval Latin, Latin: step. See pace1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for passus

Historical Examples of passus

  • 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.


    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 plural -sus or -suses
  1. (esp in medieval literature) a division or section of a poem, story, etc

Word Origin for passus

C16: from Latin: step, pace 1
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