Passage vs Segment - What's the difference?

passage | segment |

As nouns the difference between passage and segment

is that passage is ; a leg of a journey while segment is a length of some object.

As a verb segment is

to divide into segments or sections.



Etymology 1

From (etyl)


(en noun)
  • A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
  • passage of scripture
    She struggled to play the difficult passages .
  • Part of a path or journey.
  • He made his passage through the trees carefully, mindful of the stickers.
  • The official approval of a bill or act by a parliament.
  • The company was one of the prime movers in lobbying for the passage of the act.
  • (art) The use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
  • A passageway or corridor.
  • (caving) An underground cavity, formed by water or falling rocks, which is much longer than it is wide.
  • (euphemistic) The vagina.
  • * 1986 , Bertrice Small, A Love for All Time , New American Library, ISBN 9780451821416, page 463:
  • With a look of triumph that he was unable to keep from his dark eyes he slid into her passage with one smooth thrust,
  • * 1987 , Usha Sarup, Expert Lovemaking , Jaico Publishing House, ISBN 978-81-7224-162-9, page 53:
  • This way, the tip of your penis will travel up and down her passage .
  • * 2009 , Cat Lindler, Kiss of a Traitor , Medallion Press, ISBN 9781933836515, page 249:
  • At the same moment, Aidan plunged two fingers deep into her passage and broke through her fragile barrier.
  • The act of passing
  • * 1886 , Pacific medical journal Volume 29
  • He claimed that he felt the passage of the knife through the ilio-cæcal valve, from the very considerable pain which it caused.
    Derived terms
    * rite of passage * passagemaker * passage maker


  • (medicine) To pass a pathogen through a host or medium
  • He passaged the virus through a series of goats.
    After 24 hours, the culture was passaged to an agar plate.
  • (rare) To make a , especially by sea; to cross
  • They passaged to America in 1902.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • (dressage) A movement in classical dressage, in which the horse performs a very collected, energetic, and elevated trot that has a longer period of suspension between each foot fall than a working trot.
  • Verb

  • (dressage) To execute a passage movement
  • * {{quote-book, 1915, Cunninghame Graham, Hope citation
  • , passage=After a spring or two, the horse passaged and reared, and lighting on a flat slab of rock which cropped up in the middle of the road, slipped sideways and fell with a loud crash





    (en noun)
  • A length of some object.
  • One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment' of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical ' segment was called a reading stone,
  • (label) A portion.
  • # A straight path between two points that is the shortest distance between them.
  • # (label) The part of a circle between its circumference and a chord (usually other than the diameter).
  • # (label) Any of the pieces that comprise an order tree.
  • (label) A portion.
  • # (label) A discrete unit of speech: a consonant or a vowel.
  • # (label) A portion of an organ whose cells are derived from a single cell within the primordium from which the organ developed.
  • #*
  • In Lejeuneaceae vegetative branches normally originate from the basiscopic basal portion of a lateral segment half, as in the Radulaceae, and the associated leaves, therefore, are quite unmodified.
  • # (label) One of several parts of an organism, with similar structure, arranged in a chain; such as a vertebra, or a third of an insect's thorax.
  • (label) A part of a broadcast program, devoted to a topic.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 29, author=Nathan Rabin
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992) , passage=In “Treehouse Of Horror” episodes, the rules aren’t just different—they don’t even exist. If writers want Homer to kill Flanders or for a segment to end with a marriage between a woman and a giant ape, they can do so without worrying about continuity or consistency or fans griping that the gang is behaving out of character.}}
  • (label) An Ethernet bus.
  • (label) A region of memory or a fragment of an executable file designated to contain a particular part of a program.
  • (label) A portion of an itinerary; can be a flight or train between two cities, a car or hotel booked in a particular city.
  • Synonyms

    * (part or section of a whole) (l) * (straight path) line segment * (area of a circle) circular segment

    Derived terms

    * circular segment * image segment * line segment * market segment * memory segment


    (en verb)
  • To divide into segments or sections.
  • Segment the essay by topic.