Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A step made in walking; a stride.
  • n. A unit of length equal to 30 inches (0.76 meter).
  • n. The distance spanned by a step or stride, especially:
  • n. The modern version of the Roman pace, measuring five English feet. Also called geometric pace.
  • n. Thirty inches at quick marching time or 36 at double time.
  • n. Five Roman feet or 58.1 English inches, measured from the point at which the heel of one foot is raised to the point at which it is set down again after an intervening step by the other foot.
  • n. The rate of speed at which a person, animal, or group walks or runs.
  • n. The rate of speed at which an activity or movement proceeds.
  • n. A manner of walking or running: a jaunty pace.
  • n. A gait of a horse in which both feet on one side are lifted and put down together.
  • transitive v. To walk or stride back and forth across: paced the floor nervously.
  • transitive v. To measure by counting the number of steps needed to cover a distance.
  • transitive v. To set or regulate the rate of speed for.
  • transitive v. To advance or develop (something) at a particular rate or tempo: a thriller that was paced at a breathtaking speed.
  • transitive v. To train (a horse) in a particular gait, especially the pace.
  • intransitive v. To walk with long deliberate steps.
  • intransitive v. To go at the pace. Used of a horse or rider.
  • prep. With the permission of; with deference to. Used to express polite or ironically polite disagreement: I have not, pace my detractors, entered into any secret negotiations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Passage, route.
  • n. Step.
  • n. Way of stepping.
  • n. The collective noun for donkeys.
  • adj. Describing a bowler who bowls fast balls.
  • v. Walk to and fro in a small space.
  • v. Set the speed in a race.
  • v. Measure by walking.
  • n. Easter.
  • prep. With all due respect to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step.
  • n. The length of a step in walking or marching, reckoned from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other; -- used as a unit in measuring distances.
  • n. Manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk
  • n. A slow gait; a footpace.
  • n. Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.
  • n. Any single movement, step, or procedure.
  • n. A broad step or platform; any part of a floor slightly raised above the rest, as around an altar, or at the upper end of a hall.
  • n. A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web.
  • n. The rate of progress of any process or activity.
  • intransitive v. To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps.
  • intransitive v. To proceed; to pass on.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.
  • intransitive v. To pass away; to die.
  • transitive v. To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon.
  • transitive v. To measure by steps or paces. Often used with out.
  • transitive v. To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To step; walk; move; especially, to step slowly or with measured or stately tread; stride.
  • To go on; advance.
  • Specifically, in the manège, to go at the pace; move by lifting both feet of the same side simultaneously; amble. See pace, n., , and rack.
  • To walk over step by step: as, the sentinel paces his round.
  • To measure by stepping; measure in paces: as, to pace a piece of ground.
  • To train to a certain step, as a horse; hence, to regulate.
  • A corruption of parse.
  • With or by the leave, permission, or consent of (some person mentioned): usually employed as a courteous form of expressing disagreement, like “A. B. must give me leave (or allow me) to say.”
  • To set the pace for (a contestant) in training for a race, or in racing, as for a boat's crew, for a bicycle rider, etc.
  • n. The space or distance traversed by the foot in one completed movement in walking; hence, the movement itself; a step.
  • n. A lineal measure of variable extent, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the foot in walking.
  • n. Manner or rate of walking or of progression; gait; rate of advance; velocity: as, a quick pace; to set the pace; it is pace that kills.
  • n. Specifically, in music, same as tempo.
  • n. The rate of moving on foot; footpace.
  • n. A gait of the horse, in which the legs of the same side are lifted together. See rack.
  • n. A step; measure; thing to be done.
  • n. A pass or passage.
  • n. Course; direction.
  • n. A space; while.
  • n. A part of a poem or tale; passage; passus.
  • n. A part of a floor slightly raised above the general level; a dais; a broad step or slightly raised space above some level, especially about a tomb.
  • n. A herd or company of beasts: as, a pace of asses.
  • n. A dialectal form of pasch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. regulate or set the pace of
  • n. the rate of some repeating event
  • v. go at a pace
  • v. measure (distances) by pacing
  • n. the distance covered by a step
  • n. a step in walking or running
  • v. walk with slow or fast paces
  • n. a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
  • n. the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
  • n. the relative speed of progress or change

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French pas, from Latin passus, from past participle of pandere, to stretch, spread out.
Latin pāce, ablative of pāx, peace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pas, Old French pas, and their source, Latin passus. (Wiktionary)
From Latin pace, “in peace”, ablative form of pax, “peace”. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of Pasch. (Wiktionary)

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  • "PACE, in the menage, are of four kinds, the walk, trot, gallop and amble. The last, more particularly, is called a pace, wherein the horse raises the two feet of the same side together." (citation in Historical Military Terms list description)

    October 9, 2008

  • Function: preposition
    Etymology: Latin, abl. of pac-, pax peace -- more at PEACE
    : with all due respect or courtesy to (I do not, pace ... the correspondents, claim to have made any "discovery" -- E.M.Almedingen) (pace the feminists, I believe my own sex is largely responsible for this ... impertinent curiosity -- Katharine F. Gerould)
    Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (25 Jul. 2008).

    July 26, 2008

  • ...italian

    April 26, 2008