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NOUN (10)

1. the act of passing from one state or place to the next;
[syn: passage, 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, passage]

5. a journey usually by ship;
- Example: "the outward passage took 10 days"
[syn: passage, transit]

6. a short section of a musical composition;
[syn: passage, musical passage]

7. a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass;
- Example: "the nasal passages"
[syn: passage, passageway]

8. a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another;
- Example: "the passage of air from the lungs"
- Example: "the passing of flatus"
[syn: passage, passing]

9. the motion of one object relative to another;
- Example: "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
[syn: passing, passage]

10. the act of passing something to another person;
[syn: passage, handing over]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Passage \Pas"sage\, n. [F. passage. See Pass, v. i.] 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. [1913 Webster] What! are my doors opposed against my passage! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance. [1913 Webster] The ship in which he had taken passage. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage. [1913 Webster] 4. Removal from life; decease; departure; death. [R.] "Endure thy mortal passage." --Milton. [1913 Webster] When he is fit and season'd for his passage. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] And with his pointed dart Explores the nearest passage to his heart. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] The Persian army had advanced into the . . . passages of Cilicia. --South. [1913 Webster] 6. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time. [1913 Webster] The conduct and passage of affairs. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] The passage and whole carriage of this action. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed. "In thy passages of life." --Shak. [1913 Webster] The . . . almost incredible passage of their unbelief. --South. [1913 Webster] 8. A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause. [1913 Webster] How commentators each dark passage shun. --Young. [1913 Webster] 9. Reception; currency. [Obs.] --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster] 10. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms. [1913 Webster] No passages of love Betwixt us twain henceforward evermore. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 11. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels. [1913 Webster] 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. "The passage of the Stamp Act." --D. Hosack. [1913 Webster] The final question was then put upon its passage. --Cushing. [1913 Webster] In passage, in passing; cursorily. "These . . . have been studied but in passage." --Bacon. Middle passage, Northeast passage, Northwest passage. See under Middle, Northeast, etc. Of passage, passing from one place, region, or climate, to another; migratory; -- said especially of birds. "Birds of passage." --Longfellow. Passage hawk, a hawk taken on its passage or migration. Passage money, money paid for conveyance of a passenger, -- usually for carrying passengers by water. [1913 Webster] Syn: Vestibule; hall; corridor. See Vestibule. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

passage n 1: the act of passing from one state or place to the next [syn: passage, 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, passage] 5: a journey usually by ship; "the outward passage took 10 days" [syn: passage, transit] 6: a short section of a musical composition [syn: passage, musical passage] 7: a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages" [syn: passage, passageway] 8: a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another; "the passage of air from the lungs"; "the passing of flatus" [syn: passage, passing] 9: the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets" [syn: passing, passage] 10: the act of passing something to another person [syn: passage, handing over]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

468 Moby Thesaurus words for "passage": Brownian movement, about-face, abysm, abyss, acceptance, access, acciaccatura, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, action, adit, adoption, advance, advancement, advancing, adventure, air lock, aisle, alchemy, alley, allowance, alteration, ambulatory, anacrusis, angular motion, aperture, appoggiatura, approach, approval, arabesque, arcade, areaway, arrangements, arroyo, artery, article, ascending, ascent, assimilation, assumption, authorization, avenue, axial motion, back matter, backflowing, backing, backward motion, bass passage, becoming, blow, book, bourdon, box canyon, breach, break, breezeway, bridge, burden, cadence, cadenza, canto, canyon, career, cavity, change, change-over, channel, chap, chapter, chasm, check, chimney, chink, chorus, citation, clause, cleft, cleuch, climbing, cloister, clough, coda, col, colonnade, coloratura, column, commerce, communication, commutation, concurrent resolution, conduction, conduit, connection, constitution, contagion, convection, conversion, corridor, coulee, couloir, coup, course, covered way, crack, cranny, crevasse, crevice, crossing, cruise, current, cut, cwm, dealing, dealings, deed, defile, delivery, dell, deportation, descending, descent, development, diapedesis, diffusion, dike, dissemination, ditch, division, doing, doings, donga, downward motion, draw, drift, driftage, duct, ebbing, effort, egress, elapse, embellishment, emigration, enaction, enactment, endeavor, endorsement, endorsing, enterprise, entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, excavation, excerpt, excerption, exchange, exit, expatriation, exploit, export, exportation, exposition, expulsion, extract, extraction, extradition, facilities, fait accompli, fascicle, fault, feat, ferry, figure, fioritura, fissure, flaw, flight, flip-flop, flourish, flow, flume, flux, folderol, folio, ford, forward motion, forwardal, forwarding, foyer, fracture, freedom, front matter, furrow, furtherance, furthering, gallery, gangplank, gangway, gap, gape, gash, gathering, gest, globe-trotting, go, go-ahead, going, grace, grace note, groove, growth, gulch, gulf, gully, hall, hallway, hand, handiwork, harmonic close, headway, hole, immigration, import, importation, in, in-migration, incidental, incidental note, incision, ingress, inlet, installment, intake, interchange, interlude, intermezzo, intermigration, intersection, introductory phrase, job, joint, joint resolution, journey, journeying, junction, kloof, lane, lapse, lawmaking, leak, leg, legalization, legislation, legislature, legitimatization, legitimization, liberty, line, livraison, lobby, locomotion, loggia, long mordent, maneuver, march, means of access, measure, metastasis, metathesis, metempsychosis, migration, moat, mordent, motion, mounting, move, movement, moving, musical phrase, musical sentence, mutation, mutual transfer, naturalization, notch, nullah, number, oblique motion, ocean trip, ongoing, onrush, onward course, opening, operation, ordainment, orifice, ornament, osmosis, out-migration, outlet, overpass, overt act, page, paragraph, part, pass, passageway, passing, passing over, path, performance, perfusion, pergola, period, peristyle, permission, phrase, plunging, portico, portion, pralltriller, privilege, proceeding, production, progress, progression, progressiveness, promotion, quotation, radial motion, railroad tunnel, random motion, ratification, ravine, re-formation, reconversion, reduction, reflowing, refluence, reflux, refrain, regression, remigration, rent, res gestae, resolution, response, retrogression, reversal, rift, rime, rising, ritornello, road, rolling, rolling on, roulade, route, run, rupture, rush, sail, sanction, scissure, sea trip, seam, section, selected passage, selection, sentence, serial, set, shakedown cruise, sheet, shift, shipment, shipping, sideward motion, signature, single mordent, sinking, slit, slot, soaring, split, spread, spreading, stanza, statement, step, sternway, strain, stream, stroke, stunt, subsiding, swarm, swarming, switch, switch-over, tailpiece, text, thing, thing done, thoroughfare, tour de force, tourism, touristry, trade, traffic, trafficking, traject, trajet, transaction, transduction, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transformation, transfusion, transit, transition, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmigration of souls, transmission, transmittal, transmittance, transplacement, transplantation, transposal, transposition, travel, traveling, traversal, traverse, trek, trench, trend, trip, trough, troughing, troughway, tunnel, turn, turning into, tutti, tutti passage, underpass, undertaking, upward motion, valley, variation, verse, vestibule, visa, void, volte-face, volume, voyage, wadi, way, way in, work, works
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Passage denotes in Josh. 22:11, as is generally understood, the place where the children of Israel passed over Jordan. The words "the passage of" are, however, more correctly rendered "by the side of," or "at the other side of," thus designating the position of the great altar erected by the eastern tribes on their return home. This word also designates the fords of the Jordan to the south of the Sea of Galilee (Judg. 12:5, 6), and a pass or rocky defile (1 Sam. 13:23; 14:4). "Passages" in Jer. 22:20 is in the Revised Version more correctly "Abarim" (q.v.), a proper name.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PASSAGE. A way over water; a voyage made over the sea or great river; as, the Sea Gull had a quick passage: the money paid for the transportation of a person over the sea; as, my, passage to Europe was one hundred and fifty dollars.