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 body.
What! are my doors opposed against my
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
3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare;
as, to pay one's passage.
4. Removal from life; decease; departure;
death. [R.] "Endure thy mortal passage."
When he is fit and season'd for his
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.
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
The conduct and passage of affairs.
Sir J. Davies.
The passage and whole carriage of this
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
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
9. Reception; currency. [Obs.] Sir
10. A pass or en encounter; as, a
passage at arms.
No passages of love
Betwixt us twain henceforward evermore.
11. A movement or an evacuation of the
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."
The final question was then put upon its
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.