Meaning of passage


Pronunciation: (pas'ij), [key]
— n., v., -saged, -sag•ing.
  1. 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 area, section, or detail of a work, esp. with respect to its qualities of execution: passages of sensitive brushwork.
  4. an act or instance of passing from one place, condition, etc., to another; transit.
  5. the permission, right, or freedom to pass: to refuse passage through a territory.
  6. the route or course by which a person or thing passes or travels.
  7. a hall or corridor; passageway.
  8. an opening or entrance into, through, or out of something: the nasal passages.
  9. a voyage by water from one point to another: a rough passage across the English Channel.
  10. the privilege of conveyance as a passenger: to book passage on an ocean liner.
  11. the price charged for accommodation on a ship; fare.
  12. a lapse or passing, as of time.
  13. a progress or course, as of events.
  14. the enactment into law of a legislative measure.
  15. an interchange of communications, confidences, etc., between persons.
  16. an exchange of blows; altercation or dispute: a passage at arms.
  17. the act of causing something to pass; transference; transmission.
  18. an evacuation of the bowels.
  19. an occurrence, incident, or event.
  1. to make a passage; cross; pass; voyage.


Pronunciation: (pas'ij, pu-säzh'), [key]
— n., v., -saged, -sag•ing.
  1. a slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground.
  1. (of a horse) to execute such a movement.
  2. (of a rider) to cause a horse to execute such a movement.
  1. to cause (a horse) to passage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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