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This page has 42 definitions of passage with English translations in 5 languages. Passage is an adjective, noun and verb. Examples of how to use passage in a sentence are shown. Also define these 42 related words and terms: paragraph, incident, episode, approval, bill, act, parliament, advance, time, passing, art, passageway, caving, vagina, pass, right, fee, dice game, gambling, dice, ten, medicine, pathogen, cross, dressage, trot, through, astronomy, occult, meridian, trip, travel, graduation, hand, access, way, alley, alleyway, passager, passage, transit, and genomgång.

See also: Passage

English passage definition

Etymology 1

Borrowed into Middle English from Old French passage, from passer (to pass).

Pronunciation

Adjective

passage (not comparable)

  1. Describing a bird that has left the nest, is living on its own, but is less than a year old. (commonly used in falconry)
    Passage red-tailed hawks are preferred by falconers because these younger birds have not yet developed the adult behaviors which would make them more difficult to train.

Noun

passage (plural passages)

  1. A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
    passage of scripture
    She struggled to play the difficult passages.
    • Paragraph definition
      A passage in text that starts on a new line, the first line sometimes being indented, and usually marks a change of topic. (1 of 3 paragraph definitions)
  2. Part of a path or journey.
    He made his passage through the trees carefully, mindful of the stickers.
  3. An incident or episode.
    • 1961, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961: Hearings
      But there are those who do not feel that the sordid passages of life should be kept off the stage. It is a matter of opinion.
  4. The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament. [from 17th c.]
    The company was one of the prime movers in lobbying for the passage of the act.
    • Bill definition
      Any of various bladed or pointed hand weapons, originally designating an Anglo-Saxon sword, and later a weapon of infantry, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries, commonly consisting of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, with a short pike at the back and another at the top, attached to the end of a long staff. (1 of 5 bill definitions)
    • Parliament definition
      A formal council summoned (especially by a monarch) to discuss important issues. (1 of 5 parliament definitions)
  5. The advance of time.
    Synonym: passing
    • 2011, Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney, Willpower, →ISBN, page 209:
      The passage of decades has not erased the value of parental monitoring.
  6. (art) The use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
  7. A passageway or corridor.
  8. (caving) An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide.
  9. (euphemistic) The vagina.
    • 1986, Bertrice Small, A Love for All Time,[1] New American Library, →ISBN, page 463:
      With a look of triumph that he was unable to keep from his dark eyes he slid into her passage with one smooth thrust, []
    • 1987, Usha Sarup, Expert Lovemaking, Jaico Publishing House, →ISBN, page 53:
      This way, the tip of your penis will travel up and down her passage.
    • 2009, Cat Lindler, Kiss of a Traitor, Medallion Press, →ISBN, page 249:
      At the same moment, Aidan plunged two fingers deep into her passage and broke through her fragile barrier.
  10. The act of passing; movement across or through.
    • 1886, Pacific medical journal Volume 29
      He claimed that he felt the passage of the knife through the ilio-cæcal valve, from the very considerable pain which it caused.
  11. The right to pass from one place to another.
  12. A fee paid for passing or for being conveyed between places.
  13. Serial passage, a technique used in bacteriology and virology
  14. (dice games, now historical) A gambling game for two players using three dice, in which the object is to throw a double over ten. [from 15th c.]
    • Dice Game definition
      Any game that requires the rolling of dice, such as craps.
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

passage (third-person singular simple present passages, present participle passaging, simple past and past participle passaged)

  1. (medicine) To pass something, such as a pathogen or stem cell, through a host or medium
    He passaged the virus through a series of goats.
    After 24 hours, the culture was passaged to an agar plate.
  2. (rare) To make a passage, especially by sea; to cross
    They passaged to America in 1902.

Etymology 2

From French passager, from Italian passeggiare

Pronunciation

Noun

passage (plural passages)

  1. (dressage) 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.
    • Dressage definition
      The schooling of a horse. (1 of 3 dressage definitions)
Translations

Verb

passage (third-person singular simple present passages, present participle passaging, simple past and past participle passaged)

  1. (intransitive, dressage) To execute a passage movement
    • 1915, Cunninghame Graham, Hope[2], page 18:
      After a spring or two, the horse passaged and reared, and lighting on a flat slab of rock which cropped up in the middle of the road, slipped sideways and fell with a loud crash []

Further reading


Dutch passage definition

Etymology

From passeren +‎ -age

Pronunciation

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pas‧sa‧ge

Noun

passage f (plural passages, diminutive passagetje n)

  1. A paragraph or section of text with particular meaning. ~ of scripture.
  2. a passage way in a city.

French passage definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old French, from passer +‎ -age.

Noun

passage m (plural passages)

  1. The act of going through a place or event.
  2. The time when such an act occurs.
  3. (uncountable) Circulation, traffic, movement.
  4. (astronomy) Moment when a star or planet occults another,or crosses a meridian.
  5. A short stay.
  6. A trip or travel, especially by boat.
    • Travel definition
      To be on a journey, often for pleasure or business and with luggage; to go from one place to another. (1 of 6 travel definitions)
  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.
    • Alley definition
      A narrow street or passageway, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings. (1 of 9 alley definitions)
  14. A paragraph or section of text or music.
Derived terms

Descendants

Etymology 2

Verb form of passager.

Verb

passage

  1. first-person singular present indicative of passager
    • Passager definition
      A bird in its first year
  2. third-person singular present indicative of passager
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of passager
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of passager
  5. second-person singular imperative of passager

Further reading


Old French passage definition

Noun

passage m (oblique plural passages, nominative singular passages, nominative plural passage)

  1. passage (part of a route or journey)
    • Passage definition
      Describing a bird that has left the nest, is living on its own, but is less than a year old. (commonly used in falconry)

Descendants


Swedish passage definition

Etymology

From Old French passage, from passer (to pass)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /paˈsɑːʂ/, /paˈsɑːɧ/

Noun

passage c

  1. access, transit
    Synonym: genomgång

Declension

Declension of passage 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative passage passagen passager passagerna
Genitive passages passagens passagers passagernas

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