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Passage, 1) the act of passing or moving, motion, course, entrance or exit: “the wind, imprisoned in the ground, struggling for p.” Ven. 1047. “to make more vent for p. of her breath,” Lucr. 1040. my (time's) “swift p.” Wint. IV, 1, 5. “whose p., vexed with thy impediment, shall leave his native channel,” John II, 336. the mouth of p. (i. e. the gate) “shall we fling wide ope,” John II, 336 “the sullen p. of thy weary steps esteem as foil,” R2 I, 3, 265. must I not serve a long apprenticehood to foreign --s, 272 (== a pilgrimage in foreign countries). his (the sun's) “bright p. to the occident,” III, 3, 67. “to give sweet p. to my sinful soul,” H6C II, 3, 41. “and with bloody p. led your wars even to the gates of Rome,” Cor. V, 6, 76. “are my doors opposed against my p.?” Tim. III, 4, 80. “if such actions may have p. free,” Oth. I, 2, 98.
2) a going to and fro of people: “if by strong hand you offer to break in now in the stirring p. of the day,” Err. III, 1, 99. “no watch? no p.?” Oth. V, 1, 37.
3) access, entry, avenue, way leading to and out of sth.: “which to his speech did honey p. yield,” Ven. 452. “through the velvet leaves the wind gan p. find,” Pilgr. 232 and LLL IV, 3, 106. Err. IV, 2, 38. Tw. I, 3, 41. R2 I, 1, 125. V, 3, 62. V, 5, 20. H5 II, 2, 16. H6A III, 2, 22. V, 4, 121. H6C I, 3, 22. IV, 3, 20. Cor. IV, 5, 215. Tit. I, 12. Mcb. I, 2, 19. I, 5, 45. Cymb. V, 3, 23. Figuratively: “the several and unhidden --s of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,” H5 I, 1, 86 (== open, manifest traces?).*
4) departure, death: “would some part of my young years might but redeem the p. of your age,” H6A II, 5, 108. “when he is fit and seasoned for his p.” Hml. III, 3, 86. “and, for his p., the soldiers' music and the rites of war speak loudly for him,” V, 2, 409. cf. H6C II, 3, 41.
5) occurrence, accident, incident: “this young gentlewoman had a father -- O, that had! how sad a p. 'tis!” All's I, 1, 20. I see, in --s of proof, time qualifies the spark and fire of it (love) Hml. IV, 7, 113. “it is no act of common p., but a strain of rareness,” Cymb. III, 4, 94.
6) course, process: “our justice, in whose easiest p. look for no less than death,” Wint. III, 2, 91. “the fearful p. of their death-marked love,” Wint. III, 2, 91. “as if the p. and whole carriage of this action rode on his tide,” Troil. II, 3, 140.
7) a single act tending to some purpose or expressive of sentiments: “no Christian can ever believe such impossible --s of grossness,” Tw. III, 2, 77.* “thou dost in thy --s of life make me believe,” H4A III, 2, 8. “there is gallant and most brave --s,” H5 III, 6, 97 (Fluellen's speech). but oft have hindered the --s made toward it (this business), H8 II, 4, 165.
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