Definitions for passageˈpæs ɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pas•sageˈpæs ɪdʒ(n.; v.)-saged, -sag•ing.

  1. (n.)a portion or section of a written work; a paragraph, verse, etc.:

    a passage of Scripture.

  2. a phrase or other division of a musical work.

  3. an act or instance of passing from one place, condition, etc., to another.

  4. the permission, right, or freedom to pass.

  5. the route or course by which a person or thing passes or travels.

  6. a hall or corridor; passageway.

  7. an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something:

    the nasal passages.

  8. a voyage by water.

  9. the accommodation on a ship.

  10. the price charged for such accommodation.

  11. a lapse or passing, as of time.

  12. a progress or course, as of events.

  13. the enactment into law of a legislative measure.

    Category: Government

  14. an interchange of communications, confidences, etc., between persons.

  15. an exchange of blows; altercation or dispute:

    a passage at arms.

  16. the act of causing something to pass; transference; transmission.

  17. an occurrence, incident, or event.

  18. (v.i.)to make a passage; cross; pass.

Origin of passage:

1250–1300; ME < OF, =pass(er) to pass+-age -age

Princeton's WordNet

  1. passage, transition(noun)

    the act of passing from one state or place to the next

  2. passage(noun)

    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length

  3. passage(noun)

    a way through or along which someone or something may pass

  4. enactment, passage(noun)

    the passing of a law by a legislative body

  5. passage, transit(noun)

    a journey usually by ship

    "the outward passage took 10 days"

  6. passage, musical passage(noun)

    a short section of a musical composition

  7. passage, passageway(noun)

    a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

    "the nasal passages"

  8. passage, passing(noun)

    a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

    "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus"

  9. passing, passage(noun)

    the motion of one object relative to another

    "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"

  10. passage, handing over(noun)

    the act of passing something to another person

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. passage(noun)ˈpæs ɪdʒ

    a long narrow enclosed area leading from one place to another

    a secret passage under the house

  2. passageˈpæs ɪdʒ

    a section of a piece of writing or music

    a passage from the novel/symphony

  3. passageˈpæs ɪdʒ

    a movement from one place or state to another

    their passage through the jungles of Africa; a father's passage through grief

  4. passageˈpæs ɪdʒ

    one of the tubes in your body

    the nasal passages

  5. passageˈpæs ɪdʒ

    the passing of time

    ways of measuring the passage of time

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passage(verb)

    the act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the passage of a ship or a bird; the passage of light; the passage of fluids through the pores or channels of the body

  2. Passage(verb)

    transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance

  3. Passage(verb)

    price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage

  4. Passage(verb)

    removal from life; decease; departure; death

  5. Passage(verb)

    way; road; path; channel or course through or by which one passes; way of exit or entrance; way of access or transit. Hence, a common avenue to various apartments in a building; a hall; a corridor

  6. Passage(verb)

    a continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time

  7. Passage(verb)

    a separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed

  8. Passage(verb)

    a particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause

  9. Passage(verb)

    reception; currency

  10. Passage(verb)

    a pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms

  11. Passage(verb)

    a movement or an evacuation of the bowels

  12. Passage(verb)

    in parliamentary proceedings: (a) The course of a proposition (bill, resolution, etc.) through the several stages of consideration and action; as, during its passage through Congress the bill was amended in both Houses. (b) The advancement of a bill or other proposition from one stage to another by an affirmative vote; esp., the final affirmative action of the body upon a proposition; hence, adoption; enactment; as, the passage of the bill to its third reading was delayed


  1. Passage

    Passage is the eighth album by American popular music duo Carpenters. Released in 1977, it produced the hit singles "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song", "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and "Sweet, Sweet Smile". This album was a considerable departure for the siblings and contained experimental material such as the Klaatu cover "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" single—which reached #32 in the US but was a top ten hit in much of the world. Nonetheless, it was their first album to fall short of gold standard in the US. The Carpenters' version of "Sweet, Sweet Smile" was picked up by Country radio and put the duo in the top ten of Billboard's Country chart in the spring of 1978.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2523

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4545

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passage' in Nouns Frequency: #898

Translations for passage

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a long narrow way through, eg a corridor through a building

There was a dark passage leading down to the river between tall buildings.

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