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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
pas•sage1 /ˈpæsɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a section of a written, spoken, or musical work:[countable]a passage of Scripture.
  2. an act or instance of passing from one place, etc., to another:[uncountable]the passage of motor vehicles.
  3. the permission, right, or freedom to pass:[uncountable]promised safe passage out of his country.
  4. [countable] a hall or corridor;
    passageway.
  5. an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something:[countable]the nasal passages.
  6. a progress or course, as of events:[countable;  usually singular]the slow passage of time.
  7. Government the process of making a bill into a law:[uncountable]Passage of the bill into law is by no means assured.
See -pass-1.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
pas•sage1  (pasij),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -saged, -sag•ing. 
n. 
  1. a portion or section of a written work;
    a paragraph, verse, etc.:a passage of Scripture.
  2. a phrase or other division of a musical work.
  3. Fine Artan area, section, or detail of a work, esp. with respect to its qualities of execution:passages of sensitive brushwork.
  4. an act or instance of passing from one place, condition, etc., to another;
    transit.
  5. the permission, right, or freedom to pass:to refuse passage through a territory.
  6. the route or course by which a person or thing passes or travels.
  7. a hall or corridor;
    passageway.
  8. an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something:the nasal passages.
  9. a voyage by water from one point to another:a rough passage across the English Channel.
  10. the privilege of conveyance as a passenger:to book passage on an ocean liner.
  11. the price charged for accommodation on a ship;
    fare.
  12. a lapse or passing, as of time.
  13. a progress or course, as of events.
  14. the enactment into law of a legislative measure.
  15. an interchange of communications, confidences, etc., between persons.
  16. an exchange of blows;
    altercation or dispute:a passage at arms.
  17. the act of causing something to pass;
    transference;
    transmission.
  18. Physiologyan evacuation of the bowels.
  19. an occurrence, incident, or event.

v.i. 
  1. to make a passage;
    cross;
    pass;
    voyage.
  • Old French, equivalent. to pass(er) to pass + -age -age
  • Middle English 1250–1300

pas•sage2  (pasij, pə säzh),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -saged, -sag•ing. [Manège.]
n. 
  1. Sporta slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground.

v.i. 
  1. Sport(of a horse) to execute such a movement.
  2. Sport(of a rider) to cause a horse to execute such a movement.

v.t. 
  1. Sportto cause (a horse) to passage.
  • Italian passeggiare to walk; see pace1
  • French passager (verb, verbal), variant of passéger
  • 1790–1800


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

passage /ˈpæsɪdʒ/ n
  1. a channel, opening, etc, through or by which a person or thing may pass
  2. a section or division of a piece, movement, etc
  3. a way, as in a hall or lobby
  4. a section of a written work, speech, etc, esp one of moderate length
  5. a journey, esp by ship: the outward passage took a week
  6. the act or process of passing from one place, condition, etc, to another: passage of a gas through a liquid
  7. the permission, right, or freedom to pass: to be denied passage through a country
  8. the enactment of a law or resolution by a legislative or deliberative body
  9. an evacuation of the bowels
  10. rare an exchange or interchange, as of blows, words, etc (esp in the phrase passage of arms)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French from passer to pass



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