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.

Definitions of passage
  1. noun
    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    synonyms: transition
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    fossilisation, fossilization
    becoming inflexible or out of date
    segue
    the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  2. noun
    a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
    “the passage of air from the lungs”
    synonyms: passing
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    reaction, response
    a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
  3. noun
    a way through or along which someone or something may pass
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    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)
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    way
    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  4. noun
    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
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  5. noun
    a journey usually by ship
    “the outward passage took 10 days”
    synonyms: transit
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    lockage
    passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
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    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  6. noun
    the motion of one object relative to another
    synonyms: passing
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  7. noun
    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
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    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
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    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  8. noun
    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
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    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  9. noun
    the passing of a law by a legislative body
    synonyms: enactment
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    lawmaking, legislating, legislation
    the act of making or enacting laws
  10. noun
    the act of passing something to another person
    synonyms: handing over
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    relay
    the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
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    bringing, delivery
    the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
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