Main definitions of passage in English

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  • 1The act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.

    ‘there were moorings for boats wanting passage through the lock’
    • ‘He said: ‘These passports not only speed your passage through immigration but are also more difficult to forge or use fraudulently.’’
    • ‘It may seem tame in this context to devote time and technical skill to throwing up perfect spheres of glass in a vacuum and timing their passage up and down past two pairs of slits.’
    • ‘Having no quarrel with the medial view of motion, Sadra sets out to prove the objective existence of motion as passage.’
    • ‘These can grant passage to higher tiers of coliseum borders or past a sealed off fortress, to cite some examples.’
    • ‘That was before the Uefa Cup run gathered momentum, before his booming finish at Anfield sealed Celtic's passage past Liverpool and his position as a crowd favourite.’
    • ‘These are well-named and can be observed swimming at the surface on almost every passage by boat in the tropics.’
    • ‘On August 30th, 1906, he passed the Bering Strait to make the historic first boat passage into the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘Town's defence stayed on top of the exchanges in their zone and it was their efforts that secured their passage into the next round.’
    • ‘The decrease was because of competition from land transport and the easier passage through the Bulgarian land borders, the airport said.’
    • ‘You think that clearing the snow is an act of old fashioned community spirit that creates safe passage for passing pedestrians.’
    • ‘It often crosses Griffin's mind how rowing must seem to the layman watching from the bank: the harmony of the strokes, the smooth passage of the boats across the water, the apparent control.’
    • ‘He was pointing to some obstructions to his boat's passage.’
    • ‘Through Tom Tom's eyes we experience the plunge from the roof and his slow-motion passage past the windows on each floor.’
    • ‘The sea is subject to far more turbulent weather and the coast offers few places of shelter for the vessels that have been making passage here since boats were invented.’
    • ‘The ambulances are regularly denied passage through security checkpoints, allegedly for fear that they may be smuggling weapons.’
    • ‘A second metaphor, then, is how easily such travel is derailed, passage blocked and messages scrambled.’
    • ‘Go over the bridge, which runs over the moving lava passage then up to the altar.’
    • ‘The bus's passage through Trinidad and past the turnoff for Ludlow, Colorado, marks the midpoint on its route from Albuquerque to Denver.’
    • ‘The game was hallmarked by a superb full back display by Ms. Dalton, past whom nothing found passage, although she had generous aid from a better-balanced team.’
    • ‘There is a road to the coast there, and passage by boat from Lina or Riale.’
    • ‘They had received no help from the wealthy Singapore Hadhrami families who in the past often gave new migrants money and assisted their passage to Indonesia.’
    transit, progress, passing, movement, moving, motion, going, crossing, travelling, traversal, traverse
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    1. 1.1 The act or process of moving forward.
      ‘despite the passage of time she still loved him’
      • ‘He sneers at her approach and waddles forward to block her passage.’
      • ‘She tapped the shoulder of the person in front of her, asking for passage forward.’
      • ‘The money could be recoverable from the officer who was responsible for not having filed the written statement despite passage of so much time.’
      • ‘There is an anchor locker forward and rigging shrouds are well inboard for easy passage fore and aft.’
      • ‘Despite this passage of time, the contents of these documents have immense relevance to the current policies of the US government.’
      • ‘Something blocked his passage, despite his clear view of the dirt, trampled plants, and pebbles of the path outside.’
      • ‘In our judgment the conclusion reached by the judge, despite the unprecedented passage of time since 1942, was correct.’
      passing, advance, course, march, moving on, flow
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    2. 1.2 The right to pass through somewhere.
      ‘we obtained a permit for safe passage from the embassy’
      • ‘In Naas, the main street will be closed from 10 am to 2 pm and there will be barriers erected to ensure the runners safe passage through the crowd.’
      • ‘Ask yourself if it would have lead to an effective strategy for countering the enemy or ending the safe passage they had through-out Afghanistan?’
      • ‘Some are kidnapped but most often their parents not only know, but actually pay ‘busones’ or scouts to ensure their safe passage in the hope that they will have a better life.’
      • ‘The advisory assumes significances amid reports that efforts are on to secure the safe passage of three Indians being held hostage there.’
      • ‘The general manager spent much of yesterday negotiating safe and swift passage out of Turkey but was unable to secure the return of a £40,000 jet pump.’
      • ‘In another audacious move he sent envoys to the Crusader leaders in Acre asking for safe passage and the right to purchase supplies.’
      • ‘Trangmar's starting point was the Greek myth of Ariadne, who sent a ball of thread twisting through pathways to enable Theseus's safe passage from the Minotaur's labyrinth.’
      • ‘Conneh was duly freed and ensured his safe passage back to Guinea.’
      • ‘Where you once safely drove around the dodgy streets of seedy inner-city suburbs, you're now confined to relying on your alertness and stealth to ensure safe passage.’
      • ‘In this way the Newport fleet connects to an ancient maritime tradition of asking for safe passage and a bountiful catch.’
      • ‘He allegedly donated #1m for safe passage to Hong Kong after alleged involvement with Asian drugs ring.’
      • ‘Very little has been done to ensure pedestrians have safe passage over the bridge.’
      • ‘Despite a letter of free passage signed by the Hungarian foreign minister, officials at the airport still obstructed Douglas's departure and called the interior ministry.’
      • ‘While Gerry was to be congratulated for his thoroughness in preparation, it was perhaps unfortunate that Chic was handed the responsibility of ensuring safe passage for our runners.’
      • ‘As is often the way in Vietnam, moving from the raft to the cruiseship was a haphazard, risky venture that relies largely on local know-how rather than any sort of safe passage.’
      • ‘Imagine knowing that a close member of your family's life was in danger, selling everything you and your family owned to try to pay for their passage to a safe haven may be the only way of saving their life.’
      • ‘It is disturbing, for example, to hear of vehicles stolen from Tanzania easily finding safe passage into Zambia without encountering problems at the border.’
      • ‘But we provide space-based utilities no such security or assurance of safe passage or operation.’
      • ‘He was on the island of a good king who gave passage to many travelers.’
      • ‘The group also demanded a $50m ransom as well as safe passage and the publication of their manifesto by all of the countries whose diplomats had been held.’
      safe conduct, entry, admission, access
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    3. 1.3 A journey or ticket for a journey by sea or air.
      ‘he then booked passage home aboard a Spanish warship’
      • ‘A place where goods were traded and travellers could buy passage, be it a ferry across the Potomac or transport on to another Sathe port by sea or land.’
      • ‘An accomplished con man, Goddard not only gets the loan of the car, but talks his way into free boat passage to China and hits up fellow competitors for gasoline.’
      • ‘When the prophet Jonah hears an inner voice calling him to teach in the Assyrian city of Nineveh, he books immediate passage on a boat - going in the other direction.’
      • ‘They reached Hong Kong, from where they booked passage to France.’
      • ‘He himself could not be present at the auction, having already booked passage for England, departing on April 4.’
      • ‘Pop described how he escaped Mayo poverty, four years before the Easter Rising, by stowing away on a boat to England, where he planned to earn passage to America.’
      • ‘These generally include full-board accommodation and air passage or road transportation to the islands.’
      • ‘One young Pakistani man told the program he had paid Enniss $10,000 for passage in a boat that sank soon after leaving Indonesia.’
      • ‘Less desirable boats were offering passage for as little as fifty cents.’
      • ‘We both shook our heads, turned right into St. Thomas and booked our own boat's passage to Fort Lauderdale.’
      • ‘He was a legend in his hometown for having worn out many pairs of straw sandals, as he walked hundreds of miles to the port of Yokohama, to book passage on a boat to North America.’
      • ‘Benito finally admits that Vincenzo has booked passage on the train from Charlottesville to Philadelphia the following afternoon.’
      • ‘She was so aware of the danger that she'd booked passage in a ship for Australia for herself and me in 1940, meaning to leave me with her family there and return to England.’
      • ‘Luckily, we disembarked there for an afternoon for we had on board several Greek tourists, who also had booked passage for Philae.’
      • ‘I am wondering if you are in the travel business and how I can arrange passage on that boat.’
      • ‘Discounts and upgrades Instead of selling specific staterooms, cruise lines may offer a ‘guarantee’ of passage on a voyage.’
      • ‘I could take on a crew and sail to Canada in my own boat instead of booking passage, or turn into a rover of the sea, going where I please and doing what I like.’
      • ‘Delayed only by her trial, she finally booked passage aboard a tanker and sailed alone to Karachi, to join the rest of the family in exile.’
      • ‘John wanted to set about their adventure as expeditiously as possible and had booked passage on a postal aeroplane traveling to nearby Hog's Creek.’
      • ‘Way too many hours and credits later, Duvessa had triumphantly booked passage on the small transport, the Star Dancer, to Paranoth.’
      voyage, crossing, trip, cruise, sail
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    4. 1.4Ornithology (of a migrating bird) the action of passing through a place en route to its final destination.
      ‘the species occurs regularly on passage’
      [as modifier] ‘a passage migrant’
      • ‘These routes used by migratory birds for passage between wintering and breeding ranges are called flyways.’
      • ‘For many years, firecrests appeared here as spring and autumn passage migrants.’
      • ‘Continental birds also pass through on passage, particularly on the east coast.’
      • ‘Redstarts visit us still with some regularity on their spring and autumn passage migrations, especially along the East Coast.’
      • ‘This is a good time of the year to observe passage migrants and returning winter visitors plus our resident wetland birds.’
      • ‘Birds collected in May could have already been on the breeding grounds, so for May only birds collected during passage through Chicago were analyzed.’
      • ‘Similarly, identifying the correct winter range of birds in South America will allow better study of passage birds.’
      • ‘These results support the possibility that migrants with extended stopovers utilize stopover sites differently than most passage migrants.’
      • ‘A small shore bird common, in fact often abundant, on passage and in winter, it breeds in the High Arctic.’
      • ‘The Portavogie prawn trawler ‘Sonas’ had a lucky escape recently when she was struck by a coaster while on passage home to Portavogie.’
      • ‘But it was as a coastal spring passage migrant that the most spectacular numbers were noted.’
      • ‘That section also covers breeding, winter, passage migration, or vagrant records for each species as applicable.’
      • ‘Reform act a boost to migratory birds Bill's passage stops protection of harmful species’
      • ‘Purple sandpipers were not observed during the spring surveys, and those present in August were likely passage migrants from farther north.’
      • ‘Norfolk birders know the hoopoe as a spring and autumn passage migrant, but only in small numbers.’
      • ‘Poor upstream passage for migrating spawners is the major reason for the decline in diadromous stocks.’
      • ‘Green, Wood and Common Sandpipers are regular on passage, as are Ospreys.’
      • ‘This development attracts passage migrant waders, nesting lapwing and redshank together with winter wildfowl.’
      • ‘For Veeries, Remsen's approach was to identify winter as the period when no known passage birds were collected from anywhere.’
      • ‘To most observers they are a spring and autumn passage migrant.’
  • 2A narrow way, typically having walls on either side, allowing access between buildings or to different rooms within a building; a passageway.

    • ‘The other passages are so narrow only one person at a time can squeeze through.’
    • ‘I moved forward, and chose the central passage as it was largest, and walked slowly down it, casting my light from side to side.’
    • ‘During daytime, the narrow passages, which accommodate provision stores, vegetable outlets and shops dealing in spices and condiments, are a beehive of activity.’
    • ‘We told her we were slaves that had been locked in the pantry passage for years and we were hungry.’
    • ‘For the next ten minutes, the passage led only forwards, turning once in a while, but never branching off.’
    • ‘The house is old and creaky, stairs to half-floors leading from narrow rooms and confusing passages as if designed by M.C. Escher.’
    • ‘Among the signs he placed about the place was one insisting: ‘Accumulations must not be allowed in passages or cupboards.’’
    • ‘What we now have are three- or four-storey structures with no open space, and with narrow passages and narrow stairs.’
    • ‘Lily took a few cautious steps forward through the passage of bookcases and strained her ears again.’
    • ‘They charged down the two lane wide passages between the buildings.’
    • ‘They consisted of labyrinthine passages connecting layers of rooms built on and around a conical hill.’
    • ‘Excavations revealed a massive timber gate about halfway along the passage allowing access to be controlled.’
    • ‘Her shoulder rammed into a pipe at the end, but she ignored it and sped down another passage, cutting herself in several places as she scraped past floating debris.’
    • ‘No one put their lives on the line for us, re-entering the building, climbing the stairs, wending their way through the passages to our meeting room.’
    • ‘She moved to a larger room and we suddenly had no way to access that office, for there were no secret passages leading to that room.’
    • ‘As one walks through the different rooms, passages and interstices of the gallery, there is a tremendous but transient concatenation of sound.’
    • ‘Through an access passage in the rear of the Main Dining Room there's a small room called the Tai Pan Room.’
    • ‘Within the narrow passages candles were placed along the walls, dimly lighting up the blood red stone.’
    • ‘She sighed and nodded, allowing him to lead her down the dark passage to her room.’
    • ‘Another short corridor brought them to a large common room, with several other narrow passages leading off from it.’
    corridor, passageway, hall, hallway, entrance hall, entrance, walkway, aisle, gangway
    alley, alleyway, lane, path, pathway, way, footpath, track, trackway, road, thoroughfare
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    1. 2.1 A duct, vessel, or other channel in the body.
      • ‘Like clogged blood vessels, passages become restricted and are plagued by flaking.’
      • ‘This is taken care of by the eustachian tube, a small passage that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat behind the nose.’
      • ‘They work by opening up the bronchial tubes (air passages of the lungs) and increasing the flow of air through them.’
      • ‘That is to say they contain a network of very small blood vessels or passages.’
      • ‘Also, in some persons histamine can close up the bronchial tubes (air passages of the lungs) and make breathing difficult.’
      • ‘These potent chemicals dilate blood vessels and constrict bronchial air passages.’
      • ‘The most posterior of these is the fenestra ovalis, while the anterior is the passage for cranial nerve VII.’
      • ‘We all have a small passage leading from the middle ear to the back of the nose called the eustachian tube, which equalizes the air pressure between the middle ear and the outside world.’
      • ‘A psychiatrist ran out and saw that he wasn't breathing, and pulled his jaw forward to free up the air passage.’
      • ‘A filter of Water energy woven into the nasal passages allowed the channler to catch the scents that different forms of life gave off.’
      • ‘The infection spreads from the nose or throat through the Eustachian tube, a passage between the throat and the middle ear.’
      • ‘It works in the body specifically to reduce any allergic inflammation of the nasal passages, the bronchial airways and the throat.’
      • ‘When we swallow, the soft palate closes off the nasal passages from the throat to prevent food from entering the nose.’
      • ‘Oya Orisha predominates in the lungs, bronchial passages, and the mucous membranes.’
      • ‘Asthma is due to an inflammatory process in the bronchial air passages of the lungs that causes narrowing of the airways and, if untreated, may result in gradual loss of lung function.’
      • ‘These foramina are the passages for the optic nerve (Cranial nerve II) and the eyestalk.’
      • ‘‘In this form, the foetal passages, the foramen ovale, and the ductus arteriosus, remain open,’ he wrote.’
      • ‘The pharynx is the garbage dump of the bronchial tubes and nasal passages.’
      • ‘They stretch the skin that makes up that passage in the process and sometimes they tear it badly.’
      • ‘In the skeletally immature patient, the placement of physeal and epiphyseal drill holes and the passage of tendon grafts through them raises biologic issues.’
  • 3The process of transition from one state to another.

    ‘an allegory on the theme of the passage from ignorance to knowledge’
    • ‘Historical thought redefines the present in terms of a reinterpreted and reconstructed past and thereby facilitates passage into the future.’
    • ‘I can see the inexorable passage of time moving Baby to the inevitable Teenager II but whilst Baby is still at junior school I can make the most of an ally!’
    • ‘They probably represent dancing grounds on which were performed intricate dances representing the passage of the soul from life to death and back again.’
    • ‘Rites of passage denote an individual's transition from one existence to another.’
    • ‘The rate of temporal passage cannot be changed consciously by mortals, generally speaking.’
    • ‘Rite of passage conveying status change for males, from young boys to responsible men.’
    transition, development, progress, progression, move, change, shift, conversion, metamorphosis
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    1. 3.1 The passing of a bill into law.
      ‘a catalyst for the unrest was the passage of a privatization law’
      • ‘Some civic organizations and academic circles asserted that the previous passage of the particular bills was null and void, as they were voted upon without the required quorum.’
      • ‘In an effort to push forward early passage of the Financial Res-tructuring Fund bill, the Ministry of Finance has asked banks to exert pressure on the legislature.’
      • ‘In that case, the bill's passage to a second reading is inevitable.’
      • ‘We introduced this Bill and we have continued to press for its passage despite continued resistance and obstruction by the Opposition.’
      • ‘We are writing to ask you to support the Children's Food Bill in its passage through Parliament.’
      • ‘So the parliamentary passage of the bill holds additional significance in that it may pave the way for the two allies of 50 years to mend their sour relations.’
      • ‘It is about getting the structure around early childhood education policy right, and I look forward to its speedy passage through the House.’
      • ‘As I outlined, United Future supports the second reading of the bill and its passage to the Committee stage.’
      • ‘Despite passage in the House, a similar bill faces a hard fight in the Senate.’
      • ‘I look forward to its passage into law in the very near future.’
      • ‘The bill is very good, and I look forward to its passage through Parliament.’
      • ‘We congratulate the Minister on taking the necessary steps to advance the development of this legislation, and we look forward to assisting its passage in whatever way we can.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, despite passage of a federal election reform bill, another Florida remains a tragic risk for 2004.’
      • ‘I look forward to its rapid passage through the House and to the constructive debate that will ensue.’
      • ‘This bill is a good step in the Government's commitment towards greater energy efficiency and a sustainable energy future, and I look forward to its passage through the House.’
      • ‘Without further ado, I want to say that this is a good bill, and I look forward to its speedy passage.’
      • ‘It has the support of a number of the key stakeholders, and I look forward to its rapid passage through the House.’
      • ‘Kwok believes passage of the motion will send a strong message that society is concerned about the problem.’
      • ‘From the bill's passage to the second half of 1965, the Civil Rights Movement continued to press American society for changes.’
      • ‘This is considered the final hurdle for the bill's passage, as approval is considered certain in the Senate.’
      enactment, passing, ratification, acceptance, approval, adoption, authorization, sanction, validation, legalization, endorsement
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  • 4A short extract from a book or other printed material.

    ‘he picked up the newspaper and read the passage again’
    • ‘The book is so dense and difficult that I find myself reading a short passage and rereading it (and sometimes going back over it again) to get a better idea of what he's saying.’
    • ‘May we choose to read a short passage at the end of the first paragraph on page 21.’
    • ‘The conclusion of Quinn's passage results in complete transformation.’
    • ‘That passage suggests a three-stage process, the outlining of the story, the summary of basic findings of fact and a statement as to why and how those findings of fact lead to the final decision.’
    • ‘Look, there are lots of narrative shifts in this book with short passages, and this gives a sense of dislocation too, for the reader; one voice and then another.’
    • ‘Mr Gallagher deals with the decision making process in the following passage in his Witness Statement: -’
    • ‘Also, notice that the metaphoric language Benjamin employs in this passage invokes travel and, indeed, traversal.’
    • ‘One of the images offered by this passage is that of the writer inherently connected to a past that is imprinted in a particular time and place.’
    • ‘On closer inspection, the Sixth Meditation passage does not put forward a naturalistic solution, but a theistic solution.’
    • ‘In fact all the major theological themes of this passage are developed further by Luke in his two volumes: these verses are indeed programmatic.’
    • ‘I'll read a short passage from my book Four Seasons in Five Senses, that talks about that connection we have with memory, the land and ultimately generation.’
    • ‘In this passage, sewing and conversation are allied and inseparable, part of the alternative methodology of speech Walker is explicating.’
    • ‘Despite the eloquence of this passage, misunderstanding was not always averted.’
    • ‘Now, may I just take your Honours to some short passages in the first book to make good, as it were, what I am saying in an evidentiary sense.’
    • ‘Mystics explain this cryptic passage as an amazingly prescient script not only for the past but for the future as well.’
    • ‘The passages are different ones in German and English because everybody understands English well enough’
    • ‘The only odd thing about this passage is that it is written in the past tense.’
    • ‘The most sobering part of the book is a short passage where Guttenplan elaborates this country's history of anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘The didacticism of this passage demonstrates that the caprice of nature expresses the narrator's perspective and not the other way around.’
    • ‘Different passages require different degrees and kinds of interpretive infrastructure.’
    extract, excerpt, quotation, quote, citation, cite, reading, section, piece, selection, part, snippet, fragment, portion
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    1. 4.1 A section of a piece of music.
      ‘nothing obscures the outlines of an orchestral passage more than a drumroll on an unrelated note’
      • ‘The piece concludes with a passage from the Georgian hymn Upalo Ghmerto - lovely but also undocumented - and clanging bells.’
      • ‘The B section is a virtual solo for secondo, with primo finishing the melodies with scale passages in octaves.’
      • ‘The curtain fell as the orchestra played a transitional passage of music.’
      • ‘They become a small Baroque ensemble for recitative passages.’
      • ‘The second movement leads without pause to the finale by way of a very brief passage based on the opening theme to the entire concerto.’
      • ‘The Così arias are stylish, and Mozart's showiest passages are delivered with clean agility and musicality.’
      • ‘Breth's tips help students learn principles of effective practice and learn when to apply principles to various passages in the pieces they are playing.’
      • ‘This is especially noticeable in full orchestral and choral passages.’
      • ‘The horn duet in the first movement is one of the most beautiful passages of music ever written by anybody and Steinberg imbues it with a tenderness that is almost poignant.’
      • ‘A few of the later selections present rapid octave passages and optional cadenzas that sound more difficult than they are.’
      • ‘It involves calling on such resources as imagination, knowledge of style, and anticipation of what is likely to come next in a particular passage of music.’
      • ‘The ‘music’ includes some passages of surging choruses and fierce chanting, half to my taste, if deformed from the original.’
      • ‘For example, use the thumb to express tenor melodies or in passages requiring maximum power.’
      • ‘Invent exercises from passages in your pieces, he would tell me.’
      • ‘Students can slow down the tempo or loop a particular section of music to practice difficult passages.’
      • ‘Her favorites were the soulful climaxes of country-western ballads and the tutti passages of Mozart orchestral works.’
      • ‘On top of this was a sweet singing voice that caught the lilting melodies and highlighted the complicated passages of the music.’
      • ‘Starting off with an elegant andante passage, Navas moved on to the crisp, unmannered race-car speed that he injects into his choreography so well.’
      • ‘Here's a short drum passage and a time-reversed version of the same file, making the same point even more strikingly.’
      • ‘Several pieces have tricky rhythmic passages that will be fun for students to work out, as in ‘Linus and Lucy’ by Vince Guaraldi.’
    2. 4.2 An episode in a longer activity such as a sporting event.
      ‘a neat passage of midfield play’
      • ‘It was just the tonic the visitors needed and soon afterwards the second row forward finished of a fine passage of play involving forwards and backs with the second try, this time converted by Cooke.’
      • ‘A soccer match turns on the outcome of half a dozen passages of play.’
      • ‘Rangers' unease showed in an untidy passage of play which again incurred the wrath of the home support.’
      • ‘They did the spadework for the score in a good passage of support play, Wade arriving on cue to drive over and finish off the movement.’
      • ‘Not that the Blues are invincible, for there can also be passages of play that show them in a much less flattering light.’
      • ‘After working hard all afternoon Keighley let the game slip from their grasp with two passages of poor defence.’
      • ‘In the next passage of play Clarke made ground from his own half.’
      • ‘The next was a great try set up from a solid Ilkley scrum which set up a superb passage of back play in which Hinchliffe was twice involved.’
      • ‘As the game ebbed and flowed there was little to choose between the sides, but York extended their lead just before half time when a good passage of play involving backs and forwards brought a second try for the speedy Kama.’
      • ‘Then along came one of the most peculiar passages of play you'll see all season.’
      • ‘There followed a passage of play in the Otley half resulting in a missed penalty attempt, closely followed by a successful three points when the full-back was tackled late on a follow up.’
      • ‘The scoring system has also changed in recent years to speed up the game and increase the number of exciting passages of play.’
      • ‘Heath enjoyed their best passage of play early in the second half.’
      • ‘Most of the good work was destructive rather than creative, with the inevitable limitations of both sides in terms of fitness and conditioning preventing any prolonged passages of play.’
      • ‘But once those two had fallen in the same over to Danish Kaneria's leg-spin, it kickstarted a dreadful passage of play for England.’
      • ‘Another slick passage of handling, featuring backs and forwards, culminated in Smith sliding over in the corner for No7.’
      • ‘The morning's weather was just as bad as the previous day, and constant heavy showers meant that a mere 22 deliveries were sent down in a further three passages of play before an early lunch.’
      • ‘He responded with their best passage of play.’
      • ‘In an ensuing passage of play Rooney loses a boot.’
      • ‘During this period the Welsh put in some big passages of play, yet the Boks remained composed and unflappable and limited the Six Nations champions to just one try.’
  • 5Biology Medicine
    The process of propagating microorganisms or cells in a series of host organisms or culture media, so as to maintain them or modify their virulence.


[WITH OBJECT]Biology Medicine
  • Subject (a strain of microorganisms or cells) to a passage.

    ‘each recombinant virus was passaged nine times successively’
    • ‘To test whether either mutant underwent delayed telomere elongation, the mutant strains were extensively passaged by serial colony streaking and telomere lengths were monitored periodically.’
    • ‘The virus was serially passaged nine times in 7 days old mice and purified from the intestinal homogenate of infected pups 7.’
    • ‘The strain was passaged in mice, subcultured in Middlebrook 7H9 broth (Fisher, Pittsburgh, PA), and used for aerosol infection when the optical density at 600 nm was 0.9.’
    • ‘The MA lines and the marker strain were passaged together for 69 passages and then checked for contamination.’
    • ‘In addition, influenza viruses are usually passaged in embryonated chicken eggs before isolation.’
    • ‘Cells were passaged twice weekly using a standard trypsinization / EDTA protocol.’
    • ‘Cells were passaged into six-well plates and incubated at either 33°C or 39°C. Cell number was assessed 2, 4, 6, and 8 days after subculture by hemacytometer.’
    • ‘Cells were passaged in DMEM with 10% FCS and antibiotics as above.’
    • ‘All of the strains were passaged for >30 generations before genomic DNA was isolated; additional passages of 60 generations showed no differences in telomere lengths from those illustrated in Fig 4B (data not shown).’
    • ‘Cells were passaged 1: 20 and incubated at 33°C in 10% fetal bovine serum / Dulbecco's minimum essential medium.’
    • ‘Cells were passaged to 50% confluence 24 h before transfection.’
    • ‘The cells were passaged by trypsinization with 0.05% trypsin-EDTA and used for experiments at passages 3-6.’
    • ‘One day before experiments, cells were passaged 1: 4 into 35-mm circular dishes containing 22-mm circular coverslips.’
    • ‘Deletions of gene 1.3 were introduced into the preadapted virus, and the recombinant virus was then passaged to allow fitness recovery.’
    • ‘Cultures not showing CPE were passaged twice before being considered as negative for viral isolation, while monolayer tubes showing CPE were passaged once to confirm virus specific CPE and to concentrate the virus.’
    • ‘These cells had been passaged through 14 passages and were grown to confluence in 35 mm culture dishes.’
    • ‘Two days after transfection had been initiated, cells were passaged onto coverslips.’
    • ‘All cells were passaged at subconfluence and maintained in a 5% CO2 environment.’
    • ‘Once grown to confluency, the cells were passaged twice in the ratio of 1: 6 to obtain pure fibroblast cultures.’
    • ‘To test this we cloned 12 colonies from cells that had been passaged on agar plates for 8 days.’


  • passage of (or at) arms

    • A fight or dispute.

      • ‘Wherefore, though his hair be grizzled and his face marked with serried lines, he departed not the passage of arms for straight love of tourneying.’
      • ‘Well, we say that's the end of the case, and that's what Mr Stitt conceded in the passage of arms between you…’
      • ‘We had applied to lead fresh evidence and that then led to a passage at arms about the appeal strictu sensu, Duralla's Case and the like.’
      • ‘Already 2-0 down in the series after consecutive top-order batting collapses, this passage of arms - after a difficult summer for both the players and the board - could not have come at a worse possible time.’
      • ‘What do we make of all this passage at arms in the trial, Mr Walker?’
      • ‘If your Honours would go to page 83, you will the see the passage - I am not saying it is a passage of arms; that is putting it too highly’
  • work one's passage

    • Pay for one's journey on a ship with work instead of money.

      • ‘Others tramped their way to towns and seaports where they worked their passage to some foreign port and were never heard of again.’
      • ‘I once managed to work my passage through both the Suez and Panama Canals on a container ship.’
    • Work in return for a free place on a voyage.

      ‘he worked his passage home as a steward’
      • ‘Can I work my passage on a ship between NZ and Oz?’
      • ‘The story moved the skipper and he allowed her to work her passage over’


Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin passus pace.




Main definitions of passage in English

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  • A movement performed in advanced dressage and classical riding, in which the horse executes a slow elevated trot, giving the impression of dancing.


Early 18th century: from French passage, from an alteration of Italian passeggiare to walk, pace based on Latin passus pace.