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 for Northeast passage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Northeast \North`east"\, a.
     Of or pertaining to the northeast; proceeding toward the
     northeast, or coming from that point; as, a northeast course;
     a northeast wind.
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     Northeast passage, a passage or communication by sea
        between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans along the north
        coast of Asia.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Passage \Pas"sage\, n. [F. passage. See Pass, v. i.]
     1. The act of passing; transit from one place to another;
        movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or
        through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the
        passage of a ship or a bird; the passage of light; the
        passage of fluids through the pores or channels of the
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              What! are my doors opposed against my passage!
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     2. Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water,
        carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or
        means, of passing; conveyance.
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              The ship in which he had taken passage. --Macaulay.
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     3. Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's
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     4. Removal from life; decease; departure; death. [R.] "Endure
        thy mortal passage." --Milton.
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              When he is fit and season'd for his passage. --Shak.
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     5. Way; road; path; channel or course through or by which one
        passes; way of exit or entrance; way of access or transit.
        Hence, a common avenue to various apartments in a
        building; a hall; a corridor.
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              And with his pointed dart
              Explores the nearest passage to his heart. --Dryden.
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              The Persian army had advanced into the . . .
              passages of Cilicia.                  --South.
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     6. A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or
        continuous series; as, the passage of time.
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              The conduct and passage of affairs.   --Sir J.
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              The passage and whole carriage of this action.
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     7. A separate part of a course, process, or series; an
        occurrence; an incident; an act or deed. "In thy passages
        of life." --Shak.
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              The . . . almost incredible passage of their
              unbelief.                             --South.
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     8. A particular portion constituting a part of something
        continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical
        composition; a paragraph; a clause.
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              How commentators each dark passage shun. --Young.
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     9. Reception; currency. [Obs.] --Sir K. Digby.
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     10. A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
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               No passages of love
               Betwixt us twain henceforward evermore. --Tennyson.
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     11. A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
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     12. In parliamentary proceedings:
         (a) The course of a proposition (bill, resolution, etc.)
             through the several stages of consideration and
             action; as, during its passage through Congress the
             bill was amended in both Houses.
         (b) The advancement of a bill or other proposition from
             one stage to another by an affirmative vote; esp.,
             the final affirmative action of the body upon a
             proposition; hence, adoption; enactment; as, the
             passage of the bill to its third reading was delayed.
             "The passage of the Stamp Act." --D. Hosack.
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                   The final question was then put upon its
                   passage.                         --Cushing.
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     In passage, in passing; cursorily. "These . . . have been
        studied but in passage." --Bacon.
     Middle passage, Northeast passage, Northwest passage.
        See under Middle, Northeast, etc.
     Of passage, passing from one place, region, or climate, to
        another; migratory; -- said especially of birds. "Birds of
        passage." --Longfellow.
     Passage hawk, a hawk taken on its passage or migration.
     Passage money, money paid for conveyance of a passenger, --
        usually for carrying passengers by water.
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     Syn: Vestibule; hall; corridor. See Vestibule.
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