Etymology
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passage (n.)

early 13c., "a road, a pathway;" c. 1300, "action of crossing from one place to another; a going over or through something; means of crossing," from Old French passage "mountain pass, passage" (11c.), from passer "to go by," from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass," from Latin passus "step, pace" (from PIE root *pete- "to spread"). Meaning "corridor in a building" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "a portion of writing," originally one concerning a particular occurrence or matter, is from 1610s; of music, from 1670s.

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Definitions of passage

passage (n.)
the act of passing from one state or place to the next;
Synonyms: transition
passage (n.)
a section of text; particularly a section of medium length;
passage (n.)
a way through or along which someone or something may pass;
passage (n.)
the passing of a law by a legislative body;
Synonyms: enactment
passage (n.)
a journey usually by ship;
the outward passage took 10 days
Synonyms: transit
passage (n.)
a short section of a musical composition;
Synonyms: musical passage
passage (n.)
a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass;
the nasal passages
Synonyms: passageway
passage (n.)
a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another;
the passage of air from the lungs
Synonyms: passing
passage (n.)
the motion of one object relative to another;
Synonyms: passing
passage (n.)
the act of passing something to another person;
Synonyms: handing over
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