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  • v. Present participle of pace.
  • n. The act of moving in paces, or their arrangement or timing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the speed at which a composition is to be played.

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

  • n. walking with slow regular strides
  • n. (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • A seething Mick Malthouse, who spent the last seven minutes of the term pacing the boundary line, galloped onto the field on the quarter-time siren and immediately called his players together for an old-fashioned 'bake'.

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  • But I think the pacing is a bit off in the switch-over between the Jake-writing-at-18 and Jake-writing-at-23 sections; the book bottoms out and takes a little while to get back into gear.

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  • I recommend reading it to anyone who enjoys the science fiction, especially military science fiction (although the pacing is a bit slower than your typical mil sf).

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  • Given the length of the book, the pacing is about what you'd expect.

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  • Accepting that "pacing" is very important and then carrying it out with "the skill of a dancer"?

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  • Not only has the standardization of curriculum begot test-prep and boredom, but "pacing" is its toxic spawn.

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  • The visuals are really good, the pacing is a teensy bit slow at first but overwhelmingly solid, the direction is about 85% outstanding, the storytelling elements are all present and accounted for, the setting is a novel one (more or less), the acting is fine, the characters aren't too stupid to breathe but they're not smart enough to see the whole threat in time to do something about it ... and here's where this review must take a turn for the strange: even so, The Abandoned doesn't work.

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  • And the pacing is patient not revealing major secrets until the end, and even then secrets aren't just exploded on the reader.

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  • His rage took the form of sullen silence, and he spent the afternoon in pacing the poop or leaning against the weather shrouds.


  • A book can have every other element just right, but I believe pacing is everything. on 04 Jun 2009 at 4: 39 pm Anna Elliott

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