pas·sage·way | \ˈpa-sij-ˌwā \

Definition of passageway 

: a way that allows passage

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Synonyms for passageway


concourse, corridor, gallery, hall, hallway

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Examples of passageway in a Sentence

the passageway to the other side of the office

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Narrow passageways, near-zero visibility and the constant threat of a monsoon made the rescue operation incredibly difficult. John Ismay, New York Times, "Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains," 10 July 2018 One tiny passageway, Sam Yak, or T-junction, is considered the most dangerous part of the mission, where divers have to navigate a sharp turn in the passage one by one and remove oxygen tanks to pass. Robyn Dixon,, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 Musk, who studied physics, has floated ideas on Twitter such as using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long inflatable air sock to penetrate the narrow passageways and provide a rescue conduit. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 With single point of entry, visitors will be directed through the main office and won’t have access to alternative passageways, such as a bus loop entryway or cafeteria door. Lois K. Solomon,, "Schools tighten up to keep intruders out," 5 July 2018 British diver John Volanthen and Rick Stanton swam through the cave’s murky waters, through an enlarged passageway, when Volanethn ran out of line and surfaced some three miles from the entrance, according to the New York Times. Char Adams,, "Youth Soccer Team Could Be Trapped in Thai Cave for 4 Months as Search Turns to Rescue Mission," 3 July 2018 The process lasted hours for each boy, and involved them getting through long passageways barely bigger than an adult body. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "AP Interview: US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission," 11 July 2018 Elite divers working to rescue a Thai soccer team are having to traverse miles of caves and narrow, submerged passageways in a mission that is fraught with danger. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "What Lies Beneath? Vague Mapping Complicates Thai Cave Rescue," 8 July 2018 Many of the cave’s passageways have been submerged in floodwaters and Capt. Char Adams,, "Youth Soccer Team Could Be Trapped in Thai Cave for 4 Months as Search Turns to Rescue Mission," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of passageway

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of passageway

: a long, narrow space that connects one place to another


pas·sage·way | \ˈpa-sij-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of passageway

: a space, road, or way by which a person or thing may move

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