Pas"sage (?), n. [F. passage. See Pass, v. i.]
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.
What! are my doors opposed against my passage!
Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
The ship in which he had taken passage.
Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage.
Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
[R.] "Endure thy mortal passage
When he is fit and season'd for his passage.
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.
And with his pointed dart
Explores the nearest passage to his heart.
The Persian army had advanced into the . . . passages of Cilicia.
A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time.
The conduct and passage of affairs.
Sir J. Davies.
The passage and whole carriage of this action.
A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
"In thy passages
The . . . almost incredible passage of their unbelief.
A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
How commentators each dark passage shun.
Sir K. Digby.
A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
No passages of love
Betwixt us twain henceforward evermore.
A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
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.
of the Stamp Act."
The final question was then put upon its passage.
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.
Syn. -- Vestibule; hall; corridor. See Vestibule.
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