- a channel, opening, etc, through or by which a person or thing may pass
- a section or division of a piece, movement, etc
- a way, as in a hall or lobby
- a section of a written work, speech, etc, esp one of moderate length
- a journey, esp by ship: the outward passage took a week
- the act or process of passing from one place, condition, etc, to another: passage of a gas through a liquid
- the permission, right, or freedom to pass: to be denied passage through a country
- the enactment of a law or resolution by a legislative or deliberative body
- an evacuation of the bowels
- rare an exchange or interchange, as of blows, words, etc (esp in the phrase passage of arms)
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- a section of a written, spoken, or musical work:[countable]a passage of Scripture.
- an act or instance of passing from one place, etc., to another:[uncountable]the passage of motor vehicles.
- the permission, right, or freedom to pass:[uncountable]promised safe passage out of his country.
- [countable] a hall or corridor;
- an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something:[countable]the nasal passages.
- a progress or course, as of events:[countable; usually singular]the slow passage of time.
- Government the process of making a bill into a law:[uncountable]Passage of the bill into law is by no means assured.
- a portion or section of a written work;
a paragraph, verse, etc.:a passage of Scripture.
- a phrase or other division of a musical work.
- Fine Artan area, section, or detail of a work, esp. with respect to its qualities of execution:passages of sensitive brushwork.
- an act or instance of passing from one place, condition, etc., to another;
- the permission, right, or freedom to pass:to refuse passage through a territory.
- the route or course by which a person or thing passes or travels.
- a hall or corridor;
- an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something:the nasal passages.
- a voyage by water from one point to another:a rough passage across the English Channel.
- the privilege of conveyance as a passenger:to book passage on an ocean liner.
- the price charged for accommodation on a ship;
- a lapse or passing, as of time.
- a progress or course, as of events.
- the enactment into law of a legislative measure.
- an interchange of communications, confidences, etc., between persons.
- an exchange of blows;
altercation or dispute:a passage at arms.
- the act of causing something to pass;
- Physiologyan evacuation of the bowels.
- an occurrence, incident, or event.
- to make a passage;
- Old French, equivalent. to pass(er) to pass + -age -age
- Middle English 1250–1300
pas•sage2 (pas′ij, pə säzh′),USA pronunciation n., v., -saged, -sag•ing. [Manège.]
- Sporta slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground.
- Sport(of a horse) to execute such a movement.
- Sport(of a rider) to cause a horse to execute such a movement.
- Sportto cause (a horse) to passage.
- Italian passeggiare to walk; see pace1
- French passager (verb, verbal), variant of passéger