Passage is moving through something, being granted permission to move through something or an enclosed area that you must move through to get to somewhere else.noun
- 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: OFr < passer: see pass & -age
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- The act or process of passing, especially:a. A movement from one place to another, as by going by, through, over, or across; transit or migration.b. The process of elapsing: the passage of time.c. The process of passing from one condition or stage to another; transition: the passage from childhood to adulthood.d. Enactment into law of a legislative measure.
- A journey, especially one by air or water: a rough passage on the stormy sea.
- The right to travel as a passenger, especially on a ship: book passage; pay for one's passage.
- 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. See Synonyms at way.
- a. An occurrence or event: “Another encouraging passage took place . . . when heads of state . . . 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 An act of emptying, as of the bowels.
- Biology The process of passing or maintaining a group of microorganisms or cells through a series of hosts or cultures.
- Obsolete Death.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from passer, to pass; see pass.
Origin: French, from passager, to execute a passage, alteration (influenced by passer, to pass) of passéger, from Italian passeggiare, from passare, to pass, from Vulgar Latin *passāre, from Latin passus, step; see pace1.
passage - Medical Definition
- A movement from one place to another.
- The process of passing from one condition or stage to another.
- A path, channel, or duct through, over, or along which something may pass.
- An act of emptying, as of the bowels.
- The process of passing or maintaining a group of microorganisms or cells through a series of hosts or cultures.