pas·​sage·​way | \ ˈpa-sij-ˌwā How to pronounce passageway (audio) \

Definition of passageway

: a way that allows passage

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Examples of passageway in a Sentence

the passageway to the other side of the office
Recent Examples on the Web The Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast is a key passageway for oil leaving the Persian Gulf region. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Occidental Petroleum, Walt Disney, Nissan Motor: Stocks That Defined the Week," 3 Jan. 2020 That’s a problem since the cervix is the passageway for your baby during birth. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "3 Times When Spotting During Pregnancy Could Signal a Problem," 19 Sep. 2019 In 2017, Iran conducted a joint naval exercise with China near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, a passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea. CBS News, "Iran, Russia and China team up for military drills as America boosts troops in Saudi Arabia," 25 Dec. 2019 The teacher later called and said all children had been safely moved through a passageway from the basement to the church. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "These Hasidic Jews came to Jersey City for more affordable living. Now they're coping with fear and grief," 12 Dec. 2019 Up to 14 fans per game are welcome to let loose in the room, which is accessible only through a secret passageway. Rachel Desantis,, "Philadelphia Flyers Debut 'Disassembly Room' at Stadium Where Fans Can Break Things for Fun," 10 Oct. 2019 The strategically vital strait is at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and serves as the passageway for one-fifth of all global crude exports, and oil prices ticked upward Friday on the news. David Rising, Fortune, "Trump Says U.S. Destroyed Iranian Drone. Iran Says It Didn’t Happen," 19 July 2019 The cave complex extends several miles and has wide chambers and narrow passageways with rocky outcrops and changes in elevation. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Thai soccer players missing inside flooded cave: 'Where is my child?'," 26 June 2018 According to a news release, OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to slip, trip, and fall hazards by failing to keep passageways and walking surfaces in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition. William Thornton |, al, "OSHA fines Dollar Tree $312,576 over Andalusia store," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of passageway

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of passageway was circa 1606

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Passageway.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce passageway (audio) \

Kids Definition of passageway

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

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to insert between existing elements

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