passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpa-sij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Definition of passage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a way of exit or entrance : a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes Special ships clear passages through the ice. nasal passages
b : a corridor or lobby giving access to the different rooms or parts of a building or apartment Her office is at the end of the passage.
2a : the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another the passage of food through the digestive system
b : death sense 1a when he is fit and seasoned for his passage— William Shakespeare
c : a continuous movement or flow the passage of time
3a(1) : a specific act of traveling or passing especially by sea or air a long ocean passage
(2) : a privilege of conveyance as a passenger : accommodations was able to secure passage on the next flight
b : the passing of a legislative measure or law : enactment a bill's passage into law
4 : a right, liberty, or permission to pass attempted to force passage through the town— C. A. Willoughby
5a : something that happens or is done : incident The soldier related some exciting passages.
b : something that takes place between two persons mutually the passage of vows between bride and groom
6a : a usually brief portion of a written work or speech that is relevant to a point under discussion or noteworthy for content or style quoted a passage from the Bible
b : a phrase or short section of a musical composition The violinist played the challenging passages with great virtuosity.
c : a detail of a work of art (such as a painting) the picture contains several pretty passages of color— Clive Bell
7 : the act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing The computer facilitates the rapid passage of information.
8 : incubation (see incubate sense 1b) of a pathogen (such as a virus) in culture, a living organism, or a developing egg

passage

verb
passaged; passaging

Definition of passage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go past or across : cross

transitive verb

: to subject to passage passaged a virus

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Synonyms for passage

Synonyms: Noun

approach, avenue, path, route, way

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Examples of passage in a Sentence

Noun

We squeezed through a narrow passage between the rocks. Special ships clear passages through the ice. The medicine makes breathing easier by opening nasal passages. They controlled the passage of goods through their territory. the passage of food through the digestive system the passage of air into and out of the lungs the passage from life to death the passage of the seasons He left after the passage of a few hours. With the passage of time, the number of children suffering with the disease has decreased dramatically.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That contradicts key passages of the Mueller report, in which Mr. McGahn recounted that Mr. Trump twice instructed him to have the special counsel removed, and then later asked him to deny media reports about those orders. The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "What the Mueller Report Says About Trump’s Efforts to Remove the Special Counsel," 25 Apr. 2019 Face masks can block many large droplets, while N95 respirators are designed to obstruct the passage of those very small airborne particles that can lead to illness, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 There have been prior studies examining the passage of coins through the digestive tract, notably a 1971 paper that found most coins passed through harmlessly within three to six days. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Six people swallowed LEGOs and pored through their own poo for science," 24 Nov. 2018 Infection Some infections can interfere with sperm production and sperm health, or cause scarring that blocks the passage of sperm. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 But that same year saw the passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 Bailey also worried that some businesses seemed to be anticipating the passage of a ballot proposal in November that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 2018 More than any other accomplishment, including the passage of the GOP's tax cuts, the remaking of the judiciary is fast becoming the cornerstone of the Republican leader's legacy. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Tour guides often point him out to travelers, and there are locals who take pictures with him every year in the same spot to mark the passage of time. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With a 53-47 Republican majority in the Senate, just three additional Republican supporters could bring the resolution to passage. Natalie Andrews And Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Congress to Weigh Measures to Nullify Trump’s Emergency Order," 21 Feb. 2019 Trails offer visitors passage into forests of sabal palms and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, ponds busy with herons, kingfishers and waterfowl, and riparian wetlands skirting the banks of the Rio Grande. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Eco-tourists enjoy Rio Grande Valley as threat of a border wall threatens habitat," 15 Apr. 2018 If Trump backs it, that could propel the measure to passage. Tal Kopan And Lauren Fox, CNN, "Republicans unveil DACA citizenship-border wall compromise bill," 14 June 2018 And in each of those situations, votes from Kansas City area lawmakers either pushed a bill to passage or helped prevent a measure from making it to Gov. Jeff Colyer. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "That bill you love, that bill you hate? A KC area lawmaker likely cast a key vote | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Their support, along with their conservative colleagues, could have pushed the bill to passage. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "That bill you love, that bill you hate? A KC area lawmaker likely cast a key vote | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Council Clerk and Community Services Director Keith Benjamin worked behind the scenes in seeing the ordinance through to passage. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "South Euclid City Council passes controversial anti-discrimination ordinance," 10 Apr. 2018 The push for Sunday carryout sales — approved Wednesday by a House committee 12 to 1 and passed unanimously last week by a Senate panel — seems on a fast track to passage. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Senate panel kills cold beer bill while Sunday alcohol sales gains momentum," 17 Jan. 2018 Those new demands torpedoed a bipartisan proposal that looked to have been on track to passage just weeks ago. Astead W. Herndon, BostonGlobe.com, "Shutdown shows strains of Trump’s leadership," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of passage

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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passage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of passage

: a long, narrow space that connects one place to another
: a narrow space that people or things can move through
: an act of moving or passing from one place or state to another

passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpa-sij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Kids Definition of passage

1 : a space or path by which something or someone can go through
2 : a brief part of a speech or written work
3 : the act or process of going from one place or condition to another Our ship made a smooth passage.
4 : the act of approving a law
5 : a right or permission to go as a passenger She obtained passage aboard the ship.

passage

noun
pas·​sage | \ ˈpas-ij How to pronounce passage (audio) \

Medical Definition of passage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another the passage of air from the lungsEncyclopedia Americana
2 : an anatomical channel the nasal passages
3 : a movement or an evacuation of the bowels
4a : an act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing passage of a catheter through the urethra
b : incubation of a pathogen (as a virus) in a tissue culture, a developing egg, or a living organism to increase the amount of pathogen or to alter its characteristics several passages of the virus through mice

passage

transitive verb
passaged; passaging

Medical Definition of passage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to passage the virus has been passaged in series seven timesJournal of the American Medical Association

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