1. Music a section or division of a piece, movement, etc.
2. a section of a written work, speech, etc., esp one of moderate length
3. a journey, esp by ship
4. the enactment of a law or resolution by a legislative or deliberative body
5. an evacuation of the bowels
1. a sideways walk in which diagonal pairs of feet are lifted alternately
2. a cadenced lofty trot, the moment of suspension being clearly defined
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Any interior corridor connecting room in a building; also called a hallway.
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(microbiology), the successive transfer of cultures of microorganisms across various nutrient mediums or the reinoculation of one animal with pathogenic microbes from another, infected animal. A microorganism may undergo certain changes with repeated passage: it may lose its ability to form spores and its pigmentary activity may be altered, its fermentative activity may be decreased, and its virulence may be reduced. In order to prevent the possibly consequent alterations in the behavior of the microorganism, it is preferable to store collections of cultures in a lyophilized state or at the temperature of liquid nitrogen. (SeeLYOPHILIZATION.) In medical microbiology, microorganisms are sometimes passaged among several animals in order to increase the virulence of a culture.
in music, the term used since the 16th century for a rapid sequence of sounds, difficult to execute and characteristic of virtuoso music. There are several types: scale passages, arpeggio passages, and mixed passages.
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A navigable channel, especially one through reefs or islands.
A transit from one place to another; one leg of a voyage.
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A space connecting one area or room of a building with another.
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