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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive), Preposition


Noun pace has 6 senses

Verb pace has 4 senses


pacen. [OE. pas, F. pas, from L. passus a step, pace, orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; cf. pandere, passum, to spread, stretch; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Pas, Pass.].
  •  A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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; as, he advanced fifty paces.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    " Ordinarily the pace is estimated at two and one half linear feet; but in measuring distances be stepping, the pace is extended to three feet (one yard) or to three and three tenths feet (one fifth of a rod). The regulation marching pace in the English and United States armies is thirty inches for quick time, and thirty-six inches for double time. The Roman pace (passus) was from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot when it next touched the ground, five Roman feet."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk; as, the walk, trot, canter, gallop, and amble are paces of the horse; a swaggering pace; a quick pace.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "In the military schools of riding a variety of paces are taught."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A slow gait; a footpace.  Chucer.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any single movement, step, or procedure.  [1913 Webster]
    "The first pace necessary for his majesty to make is to fall into confidence with Spain."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The rate of progress of any process or activity; as, the students ran at a rapid pace; the plants grew at a remarkable pace.  [PJC]
Geometrical pace, the space from heel to heel between the spot where one foot is set down and that where the same foot is again set down, loosely estimated at five feet, or by some at four feet and two fifths. See Roman pace in the Note under def. 2. [Obs.] -- To keep pace with or To hold pace with, to keep up with; to go as fast as. “In intellect and attainments he kept pace with his age.” Southey. -- To put (someone) through one's paces to cause (someone) to perform an act so as to demonstrate his/her skill or ability.
pacev. i. 
  •  To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To proceed; to pass on.  [1913 Webster]
    "Or [ere] that I further in this tale pace."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pass away; to die.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
pacev. t. 
  •  To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon; as, the guard paces his round.  T. Warton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground. Often used with out; as, to pace out the distance.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in.  [1913 Webster]
    "If you can, pace your wisdom
    In that good path that I would wish it go.
    "  [1913 Webster]
To pace the web (Weaving), to wind up the cloth on the beam, periodically, as it is woven, in a loom.


pace, n. & v.
1 a a single step in walking or running. b the distance covered in this (about 75 cm or 30 in.). c the distance between two successive stationary positions of the same foot in walking.
2 speed in walking or running.
3 Theatr. & Mus. speed or tempo in theatrical or musical performance (played with great pace).
4 a rate of progression.
5 a a manner of walking or running; a gait. b any of various gaits, esp. of a trained horse etc. (rode at an ambling pace).
1 intr. a walk (esp. repeatedly or methodically) with a slow or regular pace (pacing up and down). b (of a horse) = AMBLE.
2 tr. traverse by pacing.
3 tr. set the pace for (a rider, runner, etc.).
4 tr. (foll. by out) measure (a distance) by pacing.

keep pace (often foll. by with) advance at an equal rate (as). pace bowler Cricket a bowler who delivers the ball at high speed without spin. pace-setter
1 a leader.
2 = PACEMAKER 1. put a person through his (or her) paces test a person's qualities in action etc. set the pace determine the speed, esp. by leading. stand (or stay) the pace be able to keep up with others.
-paced adj. pacer n.
pace, prep. (in stating a contrary opinion) with due deference to (the person named).

L, ablat. of pax peace



amble, ambulate, ankle, antecede, antedate, appraise, appreciate, assay, assess, barge, bat, be the bellwether, beacon, bowl along, bundle, calculate, calibrate, caliper, canter, caracole, career, catch a crab, celerity, check a parameter, circumambulate, clip, clop, clump, compute, curvet, cut a crab, determine, dial, divide, drag, droop, estimate, evaluate, fathom, feather, feather an oar, figure, flounce, foot, foot it, footfall, footslog, footstep, forerun, frisk, gage, gait, gallop, gauge, get ahead of, get before, give way, go before, go on horseback, graduate, grind, groove, guide, hack, halt, have the start, head, head the line, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hoof, hoof it, hoofbeat, hop, inoffensive, jaywalk, jog, jog on, jolt, judge, jump, lap, lead, lead the dance, lead the way, leg, leg it, lick, light the way, limp, lock step, lope, lumber, lunge, lurch, measure, mensurate, mete, meter, mince, mincing steps, mount, outstrip, pad, paddle, pedestrianize, peg, perambulate, peripateticate, piaffe, piaffer, plod, plumb, ply the oar, prance, precede, predate, prize, probe, progress, pull, punt, quantify, quantize, quickness, rack, rapidity, rate, reckon, ride bareback, ride hard, roll, rote, row, row away, row dry, rut, sashay, saunter, scuff, scuffle, scull, scuttle, set the pace, shamble, ship oars, shoot, shuffle, shuffle along, sidle, single-foot, size, size up, skip, sky an oar, slink, slither, slog, slouch, slowness, sound, span, spearhead, speed, stagger, stalk, stamp, stand first, step, stomp, straddle, straggle, stride, stroll, strolling gait, strut, stump, stump it, survey, swagger, swiftness, swing, take a reading, take horse, take the lead, tempo, time, tittup, toddle, totter, traipse, travel, traverse, tread, treadmill, triangulate, trip, troop, trot, trudge, valuate, value, velocity, waddle, walk, wamble, weigh, wiggle, wobble




N permission, leave, allowance, sufferance, tolerance, toleration, liberty, law, license, concession, grace, indulgence, favor, dispensation, exemption, release, connivance, vouchsafement, authorization, warranty, accordance, admission, permit, warrant, brevet, precept, sanction, authority, firman, hukm, pass, passport, furlough, license, carte blanche, ticket of leave, grant, charter, patent, letters patent, permitting, permissive, indulgent, permitted, patent, chartered, permissible, allowable, lawful, legitimate, legal, legalized, licit, unforbid, unforbidden, unconditional, by leave, with leave, on leave, speciali gratia, under favor of, pace, ad libitum, by all means, yes, avec permissin, brevet d'invention.


N motion, movement, move, going, unrest, stream, flow, flux, run, course, stir, evolution, kinematics, telekinesis, step, rate, pace, tread, stride, gait, port, footfall, cadence, carriage, velocity, angular velocity, clip, progress, locomotion, journey, voyage, transit, restlessness, mobility, movableness, motive power, laws of motion, mobilization, moving, in motion, transitional, motory, motive, shifting, movable, mobile, mercurial, unquiet, restless, nomadic, erratic, under way, on the move, on the wing, on the tramp, on the march, eppur si muove, es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille, sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt.


VB travel, journey, course, take a journey, go a journey, take a walk, go out for walk, have a run, take the air, flit, take wing, migrate, emigrate, trek, rove, prowl, roam, range, patrol, pace up and down, traverse, scour the country, traverse the country, peragrate, circumambulate, perambulate, nomadize, wander, ramble, stroll, saunter, hover, go one's rounds, straggle, gad, gad about, expatiate, walk, march, step, tread, pace, plod, wend, go by shank's mare, promenade, trudge, tramp, stalk, stride, straddle, strut, foot it, hoof it, stump, bundle, bowl along, toddle, paddle, tread a path, take horse, ride, drive, trot, amble, canter, prance, fisk, frisk, caracoler, caracole, gallop, embark, board, set out, hit the road, get going, get underway, peg on, jog on, wag on, shuffle on, stir one's stumps, bend one's steps, bend one's course, make one's way, find one's way, wend one's way, pick one's way, pick one's way, thread one's way, plow one's way, slide, glide, coast, skim, skate, march in procession, file on, defile, go to, repair to, resort to, hie to, betake oneself to.

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