American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To walk or stride back and forth across: paced the floor nervously.
- v. To measure by counting the number of steps needed to cover a distance.
- v. To set or regulate the rate of speed for.
- v. To advance or develop (something) at a particular rate or tempo: a thriller that was paced at a breathtaking speed.
- v. To train (a horse) in a particular gait, especially the pace.
- v. To walk with long deliberate steps.
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. In some cases the name is given to the distance from the place where either foot is taken up, in walking, to that where the same foot is set down, being assumed by some to be 5 feet, by others 4⅖ feet—this pace of a double step being called a geometrical pace, or great pace. The pace of a single step (the military pace) is estimated at 2½ feet. The Welsh pace is 2¼ English feet. The ancient Roman pace, the thousandth part of a mile, was 5 Roman feet, and every foot contained between 11.60 and 11.64 English inches, hence the pace was about 58.1 English inches.
- 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. See
- 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.
- 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.
- n. A dialectal form of pasch.
- 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.
- prep. formal With all due respect to.
- n. Easter.
- n. obsolete Passage, route.
- n. Step.
- n. Way of stepping.
- n. The collective noun for donkeys.
- adj. cricket 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete A slow gait; a footpace.
- n. Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.
- n. rare Any single movement, step, or procedure.
- n. (Arch.) 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. (Weaving) 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.
- v. To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps.
- v. obsolete To proceed; to pass on.
- v. To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.
- v. obsolete To pass away; to die.
- v. To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon.
- v. To measure by steps or paces. Often used with out.
- v. To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in.
- 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
- From Anglo-Norman pas, Old French pas, and their source, Latin passus. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I've somehow molted the Camus of it all and have been walking at my own pace through the meat of New York City, ignoring the pedestrian traffic that I am fucking up by not keeping * the pace* and walking at the gait my mind sets for my body.”
“That might feel ominous for Villas-Boas, whose team sit fourth in the Premier League, 14 points off the title pace and casting nervous glances back at the pack chasing the final Champions League spot.”
“However, that said, given the amount of creative blindsiding we have been exposed to for two seasons already, I would not assume that this lapse in pace is something we are likely to see continue.”
“The mini potato rolls are tasty, and a nice change in pace from the other burger places in Midtown”
“This season, Rafa Benitez's troops are well off the title pace and are battling simply to ensure they finish fourth to secure another season of UEFA Champions League football.”
“At the same stage of last season, however, Arsenal slipped off the title pace by drawing five games in a row - four of them 0-0 - although they didn't face any of their traditional title rivals during that run.”
“IBM's model lasted for a couple of generations, Microsoft's for barely a generation; the pace is accelerating.”
“I think the pace is a little too slow. and this feels like the set-up for something dramatic, but it leads to a pretty low-stakes scene.”
“As I understand it a pace is a unit of length representing the distance between two successive steps in walking with the modern version, a geometric pace, being based on the Roman pace measuring five English feet.”
“The rest of the time, the pace is a bit "deliberate" and Naomi Watts does some shocking soap opera quality acting.”
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