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English noun: passage

1. passage (act) the act of passing from one state or place to the next


Broader (hypernym)change of state

Narrower (hyponym)fossilisation, fossilization, segue

2. passage (communication) a section of text; particularly a section of medium length

Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision

Narrower (hyponym)excerpt, excerption, extract, locus classicus, place, purple passage, selection, text, transition

Part meronymtext, textual matter

3. passage (artifact) a way through or along which someone or something may pass

Broader (hypernym)way

Narrower (hyponym)adit, aisle, channel, conduit, cul, cul de sac, dead end, fish ladder, passageway, right of way, shaft, throat

4. passage (act) the passing of a law by a legislative body


Broader (hypernym)lawmaking, legislating, legislation

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. passage (act) a journey usually by ship

SamplesThe outward passage took 10 days.


Broader (hypernym)journey, journeying

Narrower (hyponym)lockage

6. passage (communication) a short section of a musical composition

Synonymsmusical passage

Broader (hypernym)composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music

Narrower (hyponym)adagio, allegretto, allegro, andante, cadence, cadenza, impromptu, intro, largo, modulation, musical phrase, phrase, recitative, transition

7. passage (body) a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

SamplesThe nasal passages.


Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

Narrower (hyponym)birth canal, canal, carpal tunnel, channel, duct, epicardia, epithelial duct, esophagus, fauces, fistula, gorge, gullet, meatus, oesophagus, opening, orifice, porta, root canal, shunt, sinus, sinusoid

8. passage (act) a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another

SamplesThe passage of air from the lungs.
The passing of flatus.


Broader (hypernym)reaction, response

9. passage (event) the motion of one object relative to another

SamplesStellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets.


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

10. passage (act) the act of passing something to another person

Synonymshanding over

Broader (hypernym)bringing, delivery

Narrower (hyponym)relay

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