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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.
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Quotes of passage

  1. But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act, there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify and close this regrettable chapter in our Nation's history. – Xavier Becerra
  2. I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British actor to try and get the American accent and have a good crack at doing that. – Orlando Bloom
  3. After clearing 9 metres of the descending passage in about the middle of the afternoon, we came upon a second sealed doorway, which was almost the exact replica of the first. – Howard Carter
  4. Feverishly we cleared away the remaining last scraps of rubbish on the floor of the passage before the doorway, until we had only the clean sealed doorway before us. – Howard Carter
  5. Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment... Congress made this position clear upon passage of the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which prohibited desecration of the flag. – Larry Craig
  6. Fertile soil, level plains, easy passage across the mountains, coal, iron, and other metals imbedded in the rocks, and a stimulating climate, all shower their blessings upon man. – Ellsworth Huntington
  7. A Passage to India. It is my favourite movie. – Maurice Jarre
  8. Women's sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships. – Billie Jean King
  9. This is a gift. This is a gift from God. It's really like the old Biblical passage that talks about your body being a temple. That's not to say that I've never done anything but I've never abused myself. Never gone over the top for a long period of time. – Teena Marie
  10. Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction, the partitions being at the sides only, leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house. – Francis Parkman
  11. I always say that as a Christian I cannot find any passage in the Gospels in which Jesus condemned homosexuality. – Troy Perry
  12. I never thought of becoming a director. When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to the talkies had an impact on me- I still watch silent films. – Alain Resnais
  13. I'm only interested in rites of passage stories. – Pete Townshend
  14. The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage I'm not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage – Pete Townshend
  15. The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it. – Esther Williams

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

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