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[pas-im] /ˈpæs ɪm/
adverb, Latin.
here and there: used in bibliographic references to indicate that the writer has drawn upon material scattered throughout the source cited.

sic passim

[seek pahs-sim; English sik pas-im] /sik ˈpɑs sɪm; English sɪk ˈpæs ɪm/
adverb, Latin.
so throughout: used especially as a footnote to indicate that a word, phrase, or idea recurs throughout the book being cited. Unabridged
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here and there; throughout: used to indicate that what is referred to occurs frequently in the work cited

sic passim

/ˈsɪk ˈpæsɪm/
a phrase used in printed works to indicate that a word, spelling, etc, occurs in the same form throughout
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literally: thus everywhere
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Word Origin and History for passim

"occurring in various places," Latin, literally "scatteredly, in every direction," adverb from passus, past participle of pandere "to stretch" (see pace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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passim in Culture
passim [(pas-im)]

A word used in footnotes and similar material to indicate that a word or subject occurs frequently. For example, an entry in an index reading “coal: 78–86 passim” means that coal is mentioned throughout pages 78 to 86. Passim is Latin for “throughout” or “here and there.”

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passim in Technology

A simulation language based on Pascal.
["PASSIM: A Discrete-Event Simulation Package for Pascal", D.H Uyeno et al, Simulation 35(6):183-190 (Dec 1980)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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