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Definition of Passage

Passage

  1. 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. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
  3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage.
  4. Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
  5. 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. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time.
  7. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
  8. A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
  9. Reception; currency.
  10. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
  11. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
  12. 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.

Passage Quotations

We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.
Lauren Hutton

Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.
Ram Dass

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.
William Howard Taft

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
James Taylor

Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.
Rowan Williams
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Passage Translations

passage in Dutch is overloop, gang, baan, rijstrook
passage in French is corridoir, passage, couloir
passage in German is Passage, Durchfahrt
passage in Italian is andamento, varco
passage in Portuguese is passagem
passage in Spanish is pasillo, funcionamiento, paso
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