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

The event was the public launch of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a task force formed by the passage of a bill in the Maryland General Assembly in April and the first of its kind in the United States. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Civil rights author cheers public launch of new commission on Maryland’s lynching history," 13 Sep. 2019 The simple passage of time—under threat, in doubt, and in silence—creates an unbearable dramatic suspense, and Losey catches it in motion, in ordinary actions that seethe with menace and doom. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Mr. Klein,” a Political Mystery of Mistaken Identity in Occupied Paris," 6 Sep. 2019 The opening passage, about living in a cycle of hopelessness, comes off as a recitation of lessons learned in therapy. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Real Message Behind Justin Bieber’s Drug Confession," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, the Lake County Commission will hold its first budget hearing at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday and a second hearing, with final passage, on Sept. 24. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Most Lake governments poised to reap dividends from growing tax base," 4 Sep. 2019 In related work, New York Institute of Technology paleontologist Jason Bourke found in 2018 that a group of armored dinosaurs called ankylosaurs may have had large, convoluted nasal passages filled with blood vessels. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "New discovery shows how T. rex kept its brain cool," 4 Sep. 2019 Within a few weeks of the law's passage, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, or PPINK, along with the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit, asking the court to block the new requirement, slated to go into effect July 1 of that year. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Appeals court upholds ruling that blocks parental consent for Indiana youth abortions," 28 Aug. 2019 But if the lengths of the arms are distorted by the passage of a gravitational wave then the peaks and troughs of the light waves in the two half beams will not match properly. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 20 Aug. 2019 Shah's announcement was succeeded by the passage of a law reorganizing the state by downgrading it to a union territory. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Kashmir remains paralyzed by lockdown as resentment simmers," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bag ban ban: A state bill that would pre-empt Cuyahoga County and other local governments from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags moved one step closer to passage on Wednesday, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio House wants to rewrite school funding: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 27, 2019," 27 June 2019 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

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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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