passage

Passage describes the act of passing or traveling from one place to the next.

People often use the word passage to specifically refer to a journey by ship, as in, "The passage to America was long and hard." A section of written work or music can also be called a passage. You can think of a passage of music as moving the listener from one part of the piece to the next. And, finally, you can call a path a passage or passageway, especially when it's narrow. A street is not a passage, but the little tunnel behind the secret door in your closet is certainly a passage.

Primary Meanings of passage

1.
n
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
2.
n
a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
3.
n
the passing of a law by a legislative body
4.
n
the act of passing something to another person
Full Definitions of passage
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n the act of passing from one state or place to the next

Synonyms:
transition
Types:
fossilisation, fossilization
becoming inflexible or out of date
segue
the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another
Type of:
change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

“the passage of air from the lungs”
Synonyms:
passing
Type of:
reaction, response
a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

n a way through or along which someone or something may pass

Examples:
Channel Tunnel
the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
trans-Alaska pipeline
an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
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adit
a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine
aisle
a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
channel
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
conduit
a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
cul, cul de sac, dead end
a passage with access only at one end
fish ladder
a series of ascending pools providing a passage for salmon to swim upstream past a dam
passageway
a passage between rooms or between buildings
right of way
the passage consisting of a path or strip of land over which someone has the legal right to pass
shaft
a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
throat
a passage resembling a throat in shape or function
air shaft, air well
a shaft for ventilation
aisle, gangway
passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
aqueduct
a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
arcade
a covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side
areaway
a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement
corridor
an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
downcast
a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
drift, gallery, heading
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
duct
an enclosed conduit for a fluid
flue
a conduit to carry off smoke
gangway
a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
gate
passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
gutter, trough
a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
limbers
a channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson; carries bilge water into the pump well
millrace, millrun
a channel for the water current that turns a millwheel
shaft
a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
penstock, sluice, sluiceway
conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
spill, spillway, wasteweir
a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
tunnel
a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)
walk-through
a pedestrian passageway through the ground floor of a building
waterspout
a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
Type of:
way
any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

n a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

“the nasal passages
Synonyms:
passageway
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birth canal
a passage in the uterus and vagina through which a fetus passes during vaginal birth
meatus
a natural body passageway
opening, orifice, porta
an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity
canal, channel, duct, epithelial duct
a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
sinusoid
tiny endothelium-lined passages for blood in the tissue of an organ
carpal tunnel
a passageway in the wrist through which nerves and the flexor muscles of the hands pass
root canal
the passage in the root of a tooth through which its nerve and blood vessels enter the pulp cavity
esophagus, gorge, gullet, oesophagus
the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
epicardia
the short part of the esophagus extending downward from the diaphragm to the stomach
fauces
the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx
fistula, sinus
an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface
shunt
a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another
vent
external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate
blastopore
the opening into the archenteron
pore
any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
aortic orifice
the orifice from the lower left chamber of the heart to the aorta
stoma
a mouth or mouthlike opening (especially one created by surgery on the surface of the body to create an opening to an internal organ)
acoustic meatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, ear canal, external auditory canal
either of the passages in the outer ear from the auricle to the tympanic membrane
nasal meatus
the passages in the nasal cavity formed by the projections of the nasal conchae
canalis vertebralis, spinal canal, vertebral canal
the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes
porta hepatis
opening for major blood vessels to enter and leave the liver
spiracle
a breathing orifice
ductule, ductulus
a very small duct
canaliculus
a small canal or duct as in some bones and parts of plants
Schlemm's canal, canal of Schlemm, sinus venosus sclerae
a circular canal in the eye that drains aqueous humor from the anterior chamber of the eye into the anterior ciliary veins
sinus, venous sinus
a wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel
mouth
the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening
os
a mouth or mouthlike opening
cervix, cervix uteri, uterine cervix
necklike opening to the uterus
fenestra
a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, tear duct
any of several small ducts that carry tears from the lacrimal glands
nasolacrimal duct
a duct that carries tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity
Haversian canal
any of the many tiny canals that contain blood vessels and connective tissue and that form a network in bone
hepatic duct
the duct that drains bile from the liver
canalis inguinalis, inguinal canal
oblique passage through the lower abdominal wall; in males it is the passage through which the testes descend into the scrotum and it contains the spermatic cord; in females it transmits the round ligament of the uterus
bile duct, common bile duct
a duct formed by the hepatic and cystic ducts; opens into the duodenum
pancreatic duct
a duct connecting the pancreas with the intestine
cardia
the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus
lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel
a vascular duct that carries lymph which is eventually added to the venous blood circulation
salivary duct
a duct through which saliva passes from the salivary gland into the mouth
Sylvian aqueduct, aqueductus cerebri, cerebral aqueduct
a canal connecting the third and fourth ventricles
introitus
entrance or opening to a hollow organ or tube (especially the vaginal opening)
external orifice, urethral orifice
the orifice through which urine is discharged
ureter
either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder
urethra
duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct
canalis cervicis uteri, cervical canal
a spindle-shaped canal extending from the uterus to the vagina
umbilical, umbilical cord
membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
vagina
the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus
epididymis
a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
ductus deferens, vas deferens
a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct
ejaculatory duct
a part of the seminal duct formed by the duct from the seminal vesicle and the vas deferens; passes through the prostate gland
cartilaginous tube
a duct with cartilaginous walls
bronchiole
any of the smallest bronchial ducts; ending in alveoli
GI tract, alimentary canal, alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract
tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
pylorus
a small circular opening between the stomach and the duodenum
anus
the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
fontanel, fontanelle, soft spot
any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
bypass
a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)
portacaval shunt
shunt that is created surgically between the portal vein and the inferior vena cava so that blood from the abdominal organs can bypass the liver
lactiferous duct
ducts of the mammary gland that carry milk to the nipple
naris
any of the openings to the nasal cavities that allow air to flow through the cavities to the pharynx
rima
a narrow elongated opening or fissure between two symmetrical parts
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

n a journey usually by ship

“the outward passage took 10 days”
Synonyms:
transit
Types:
lockage
passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

n the motion of one object relative to another

Synonyms:
passing
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
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n a section of text; particularly a section of medium length

Examples:
Haphtarah
a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
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excerpt, excerption, extract, selection
a passage selected from a larger work
locus classicus
an authoritative and often-quoted passage
place
the passage that is being read
purple passage
a passage full of ornate and flowery language
transition
a passage that connects a topic to one that follows
text
a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon
chrestomathy
a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language
flashback
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
flash-forward
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to a later event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
analecta, analects
a collection of excerpts from a literary work
clipping, cutting, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting
an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
cut, track
a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
citation, quotation, quote
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
dissolve
(film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
cut
(film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next
jump
(film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

n a short section of a musical composition

Synonyms:
musical passage
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allegro
a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
allegretto
a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
andante
a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
intro
a brief introductory passage to a piece of popular music
musical phrase, phrase
a short musical passage
cadence
the close of a musical section
cadenza
a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
largo
(music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
adagio
(music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
recitative
a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech
modulation, transition
a musical passage moving from one key to another
impromptu
a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation
ligature
(music) a group of notes connected by a slur
ostinato
a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
amen cadence, plagal cadence
a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic
arioso
(music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created
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n the passing of a law by a legislative body

Synonyms:
enactment
Type of:
lawmaking, legislating, legislation
the act of making or enacting laws
4

n the act of passing something to another person

Synonyms:
handing over
Types:
relay
the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
Type of:
bringing, delivery
the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)

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