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1 the act of passing from one state or place to the next [syn: transition]
2 a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
3 a way through or along which someone or something may pass
4 the passing of a law by a legislative body [syn: enactment]
5 a journey usually by ship; "the outward passage took 10 days" [syn: transit]
6 a short section of a musical composition [syn: musical passage]
7 a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages" [syn: passageway]
8 a bodily process of passing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus" [syn: passing]
9 the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets" [syn: passing]
10 the act of passing something to another person [syn: handing over]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
    passage of scripture
    She struggled to play the difficult passages.
  2. Part of a path or journey.
    He made his passage through the trees carefully, mindful of the stickers.
  3. A movement in classical dressage, in which the horse performs a very collected, energetic, and elevated trot that has a longer period of suspension between each foot fall than a working trot.
  4. The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament.
    The company was one of the prime movers in lobbying for the passage of the act.
  5. An artistic term describing use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
  6. A passageway or corridor.
  7. An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide.
  8. The vagina.


section of text or music
part of a journey
an official agreement of a bill or act




passage f
  1. A paragraph or section of text with particular meaning. ~ of scripture.



From passer#French + -age



fr-noun m
  1. The act of going through a place or event.
  2. The time when such an act occurs.
  3. Circulation, traffic, movement.
  4. Moment when a star or planet occults another,or crosses a meridian.
  5. A short stay.
  6. A trip or travel, especially by boat.
  7. The act of going from a state to another.
  8. Graduation from a school year.
  9. The act of making something undergo a process.
  10. the act of handing something to someone.
  11. An access way.
  12. A laid out way allowing to go across something.
  13. An alley or alleyway off-limits to cars.
  14. A paragraph or section of text or music.

Extensive Definition

Passage may refer to:
In music:
In other meanings:

See also

passage in German: Passage
passage in French: Passage
passage in Italian: Passage
passage in Japanese: パッセージ
passage in Dutch: Passage

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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