This hallway is a passage.
- An example of passage is when you go on a trip and someone tells you to be safe in your travels.
- An example of passage is when a car moves through a restricted area with permission.
- An example of passage is when time moves forward.
- An example of passage is a corridor or hall in your home leading from one room to another.
- the act of passing; specif.,
- movement from one place to another; migration: birds of passage
- change or progress from one process or condition to another; transition
- the enactment of a law by a legislative body
- permission, right, or a chance to pass
- a journey, esp. by water; voyage
- the accommodations of a passenger, esp. on a ship
- the charge for such accommodations
- a way or means of passing; specif.,
- a road or path
- a channel, duct, etc.
- a hall or corridor that is an entrance or exit or onto which several rooms open; passageway
- that which happens or takes place between persons; interchange, as of blows or words
- a short segment of a written work or speech: a Bible passage
- a section or detail of a painting, drawing, etc.
- Med. a bowel movement
- Music a short section of a composition, especially one displaying technical skill
Origin of passageOld French ; from passer: see pass and amp; -age
- The act or process of passing, especially:a. Movement from one place to another: the passage of water through a sieve.b. The process of elapsing: the passage of time.
- a. The process of changing from one condition or stage to another; transition: the passage from childhood to adulthood.b. Enactment into law of a legislative bill.
- a. A journey, especially one by air or water: We had a rough passage on the stormy sea.b. The right to travel as a passenger, especially on a ship: book passage; pay for one's passage.c. The right, permission, or power to come and go freely: Only medical supply trucks were granted safe passage through enemy territory.
- a. A path, channel, or duct through, over, or along which something may pass: the nasal passages.b. A corridor.
- a. An occurrence or event: “Another encouraging passage took place &ellipsis; when heads of state &ellipsis; took note of the extraneous factors affecting their economies that are beyond their control” (Helen Kitchen).b. Something, such as an exchange of words or blows, that occurs between two persons: a passage at arms.
- a. A segment of a written work or speech: a celebrated passage from Shakespeare.b. Music A segment of a composition, especially one that demonstrates the virtuousity of the composer or performer: a passage of exquisite beauty, played to perfection.c. A section of a painting or other piece of artwork; a detail.
- Physiology The process of discharging something from a bodily part, such as evacuation of waste from the bowels.
- Medicine The introduction of an instrument into a bodily cavity.
- Obsolete Death.
Origin of passageMiddle English, from Old French, from passer, to pass; see pass.
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Origin of passageFrench, from passager, to execute a passage, alteration (influenced by passer, to pass) of passéger, from Italian passeggiare, from passare, to pass, from Vulgar Latin *passare, from Latin passus, step; see pace1.