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Definition of 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

For too long, our society has shrugged off bullying by labeling it a 'rite of passage' and by asking students to simply 'get over it.' Those attitudes need to change. Every day, students are bullied into silence and are afraid to speak up. Let's break this silence and end school bullying.
Linda Sanchez

Old age and the passage of time teach all things.

Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.
Arthur Ashe

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Thomas Mann

You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead, so that she can't see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well, that's me.
Vivien Leigh
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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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