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[pas-uh s] /ˌpæs əs/
noun, plural passus, passuses.
a section or division of a story, poem, etc.; canto.
Origin of passus
1565-75; < Medieval Latin, Latin: step. See pace1 Unabridged
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  • The expression used, however, for fathoms is passus, presumably the Roman measure equal to 58.1 inches.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • This only extends to eleven passus, or less than half of the whole poem, as subsequently written.

  • Gressus is a product of going, but passus, of standing also, if the feet are at the same distance from each other as in walking.

  • One of the "passus" is just twice the average length, and 30 lines longer than the one which comes next to it in size.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for passus


noun (pl) -sus, -suses
(esp in medieval literature) a division or section of a poem, story, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: step, pace1
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