passage-n; 11 Senses

Sense Number 1: the transition from one state to another

Commentary: PASSAGE[+process][+transition][+state][+change]

His pictures capture the passage from summer to fall in New England.
They studied the rites of passage into manhood according to various cultures.
The guru said that passage from ignorance to wisdom would take many years of study.
Her beauty was unchanged through the passage of time.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a section of a composition, textual or musical

Commentary: PASSAGE[+structure][+physical][+section][+composition][+textual/+musical]

This passage of the sonata is especially difficult with all the accidentals.
Mary underlined several passages in the book with a yellow marker.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6

Sense Number 3: a narrow, walled route, often between buildings

Commentary: PASSAGE[+structure][+physical][+route][+pedestrian][+narrow][+walled]

The castle had a secret passage from the throne room to the walled garden.
The thief ran down a cobblestone passage between the buildings and disappeared.
The cat decided the passage was too narrow for him, so he backed out.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the enactment of a new law

Commentary: PASSAGE[+event][+legal][+enactment][+law]

The passage of the privatization bill will stimulate their economy.
The passage of this treaty will require two-thirds majority of both houses.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a journey, purposeful travel

Commentary: PASSAGE[+event][+physical][+movement][+purposeful][+journey]

Our passage across the North Atlantic last winter was quite rough. (sea voyage)
They were granted safe passage to the Netherlands.
I booked passage home aboard a Spanish steamer.
The passage of migratory birds here starts in the late summer.
There were moorings for boats waiting passage through the locks.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: a duct or channel in the body

Commentary: PASSAGE[+structure][+physical][+route][+anatomical][+duct]

Blocked nasal passages can cause headaches.
The child was choking because of an obstruction in the breathing passage.
The passages from the ovaries to the uterus are called the Fallopian tubes.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: a bodily expulsion of material

Commentary: PASSAGE[+event][+physical][+movement][+expulsion][+bodily]

He was alarmed at the passage of some blood when he coughed.
Difficulty in the passage of urine can be a sign of decompression sickness.
The passage of a kidney stone can be extremely painful.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 8: the close approach of one object to another

Commentary: PASSAGE[+event][+physical][+movement][+approach]

The comet's passage by the earth will be fairly close.
The skipper considered the passage of the overtaking boat to be too close for safety.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 9: the handoff or transfer of an object

Commentary: PASSAGE[+event][+physical][+movement][+hand_off][+object]

The passage of the ball to the running back was intercepted by the offense.
My passage of the wine bottle to John ended in disaster when Sally accidentally knocked it out of my hand.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 10: a nautical route for ships

Commentary: PASSAGE[+structure][+physical][+route][+nautical]

We are taking the inland passage all the way to Florida.
This passage between the islands is named after a famous British navigator.
The explorers did not succeed in finding an inland passageway that connected the two oceans.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 11: the intentional propagation or incubation of pathogens for medical purposes

Commentary: PASSAGE[+process][+transition][+incubation][+intentional][+pathogen]

These are culture medium passages, not ones from live animals.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 8