Hypertext Webster Gateway: "passage"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

What! are my doors opposed against my passage!

2. 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. --Macaulay.

3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's

4. Removal from life; decease; departure; death. [R.]
``Endure thy mortal passage.'' --Milton.

When he is fit and season'd for his passage. --Shak.

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.

And with his pointed dart Explores the nearest
passage to his heart. --Dryden.

The Persian army had advanced into the . . .
passages of Cilicia. --South.

6. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or
continuous series; as, the passage of time.

The conduct and passage of affairs. --Sir J.

The passage and whole carriage of this action.

7. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an
occurrence; an incident; an act or deed. ``In thy passages
of life.'' --Shak.

The . . . almost incredible passage of their
unbelief. --South.

8. 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. --Young.

9. Reception; currency. [Obs.] --Sir K. Digby.

10. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.

No passages of love Betwixt us twain henceforward
evermore. --Tennyson.

11. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.

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.

The final question was then put upon its
passage. --Cushing.

{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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act of passing from one state or place to the next [syn:
2: 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
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

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