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Definitions of passage

  1. the act of passing something to another person
  2. a short section of a musical composition
  3. the motion of one object relative to another; " stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
  4. the act of passing from one state or place to the next
  5. a journey usually by ship; " the outward passage took 10 days"
  6. a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another; " the passage of air from the lungs"; " the passing of flatus"
  7. a way through or along which someone or something may pass
  8. a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
  9. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
  10. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage.
  11. Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
  12. 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.
  13. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time.
  14. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
  15. A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
  16. Reception; currency.
  17. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
  18. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Act of passing; journey; voyage; way; entrance; occurrence; portion of a discourse, & c.
  23. A passage by, through, or over; the power or right of passing; a way; journey; voyage.
  24. A corridor, hall, etc.
  25. A clause; paragraph.
  26. A personal encounter.
  27. Act of passing; time of passing; road; avenue; entrance or exit; right of passing; event; part of a book; enactment; a pass; migratory habits.
  28. 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. 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
  2. It may be a wet passage, Mademoiselle. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  3. I came through the secret passage from Vont's cottage. – The Wicked Marquis by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. 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
  5. In the passage Gracie awaited her and wound eager arms about her. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  6. 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
  7. Camors remained in that lonely spot many hours, without being aware of the passage of time. – Monsieur de Camors, v3 by Octave Feuillet
  8. I shall never dare to go down this passage alone again. – The School by the Sea by Angela Brazil
  9. In the passage he turned to her abruptly. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  10. 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
  11. Have an easy passage? – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  12. He read a passage. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  13. " We are not out of the passage," said Cain; " you know we are not." – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The sharp little boy was standing on his head in the passage. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  19. " Place them in the passage," I replied. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
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