Definitions of passage

  1. the passing of a law by a legislative body
  2. the act of passing something to another person
  3. a short section of a musical composition
  4. the motion of one object relative to another; " stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
  5. the act of passing from one state or place to the next
  6. a journey usually by ship; " the outward passage took 10 days"
  7. a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another; " the passage of air from the lungs"; " the passing of flatus"
  8. a way through or along which someone or something may pass
  9. a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; " the nasal passages"
  10. a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
  11. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
  12. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage.
  13. Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
  14. Way; road; path; channel or course through or by which one passes; way of exit or entrance; way of access or transit. Hence, a common avenue to various apartments in a building; a hall; a corridor.
  15. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time.
  16. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
  17. A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
  18. Reception; currency.
  19. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
  20. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
  21. In parliamentary proceedings: ( a) The course of a proposition ( bill, resolution, etc.) through the several stages of consideration and action; as, during its passage through Congress the bill was amended in both Houses. ( b) The advancement of a bill or other proposition from one stage to another by an affirmative vote; esp., the final affirmative action of the body upon a proposition; hence, adoption; enactment; as, the passage of the bill to its third reading was delayed.
  22. The act of going from one place or condition to another; course or progress; as, the passage of time; a journey; a hall; an entrance or exit; right to go; enactment; as, passage of a law; a single clause or portion of a book; migratory habits; as, birds of passage.
  23. 1. The act of passing. 2. A discharge, as from the bowels or of urine. 3. The inoculation of a series of animals with the same strain of a pathogenic microorganism whereby the virulence of the latter is increased, or sometimes diminished. 4. A channel, duct, pore, or opening.
  24. Act of passing: journey: course: time occupied in passing: way: entrance: enactment of a law: right of passing: occurrence: a single clause or part of a book, etc.: ( B.) a mountain- pass: ford of a river: ( zool.) migratory habits.
  25. Act of passing; journey; voyage; way; entrance; occurrence; portion of a discourse, & c.
  26. A passage by, through, or over; the power or right of passing; a way; journey; voyage.
  27. A corridor, hall, etc.
  28. A clause; paragraph.
  29. A personal encounter.
  30. Act of passing; time of passing; road; avenue; entrance or exit; right of passing; event; part of a book; enactment; a pass; migratory habits.
  31. A journey; a voyage; time occupied in passing; a way or road; entrance or exit; a corridor in a house or building; an event; an incident; an indefinite part of a book, writing, or discourse; in music, a portion of an air or tune; bird of passage, a bird that passes at certain seasons from one climate or country to another; one who is apt by force of circumstances, or by natural disposition, to change his place of abode frequently.

Usage examples for passage

  1. " Place them in the passage," I replied. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. Camors remained in that lonely spot many hours, without being aware of the passage of time. – Monsieur de Camors, v3 by Octave Feuillet
  3. You had only to read a passage over to her once, and she immediately knew it by heart, and what is more, never again forgot it. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  4. No one knew what the Germans would do, since there was no passage; when they suddenly decided on going away. – The Invasion of France in 1814 by Émile Erckmann Alexandre Chatrian
  5. He read a passage. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  6. Genestas saw that a kitchen lay on the other side of the passage, and that the staircase was at the further end of it. – The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac
  7. " We are not out of the passage," said Cain; " you know we are not." – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  8. Another passage, from the Synephebi, is more in the spirit of Terence than of Plautus. – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  9. I shall never dare to go down this passage alone again. – The School by the Sea by Angela Brazil
  10. In the passage he turned to her abruptly. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  11. What passage is that? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. It may be a wet passage, Mademoiselle. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  13. Gien the Lord hae't in his min' to keep 's i' this place, yon passage may turn oot a great convanience." – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  14. I went to bed determined not to sleep, but to keep my ears open for any sound in the passage outside. – The House by the Lock by C. N. Williamson
  15. The sharp little boy was standing on his head in the passage. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  16. Have an easy passage? – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  17. I had to get to Key West and I thought I'd work my passage with you. – Dick in the Everglades by A. W. Dimock
  18. A sharp run of a hundred yards brought them to a pile of rock blocking up the passage. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  19. I came through the secret passage from Vont's cottage. – The Wicked Marquis by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  20. In the passage Gracie awaited her and wound eager arms about her. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell