- Pace is the rate of speed or a single step taken when walking.
- An example of pace is when change comes slowly.
- An example of pace is one step taken.
- To pace is defined as to repeatedly walk the same path over and over or to regulate the progress of something.
- An example of pace is when you walk back and forth in your hall as you wait for your wife to get ready to leave.
- An example of pace is when you slowly complete a book.
- a step in walking, running, etc.; stride
- a unit of linear measure, equal to the length of a step or stride, variously estimated at from 30 inches to 40 inches: the regulation military pace is 30 inches, or 36 inches for double time: the Roman pace, measured from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot in the next stride, was 5 Roman ft, or 58.1 inches, now known as a geometric pace, about 5 ft
- the rate of speed in walking, running, etc.
- Sports the speed of a ball, shuttlecock, etc.
- rate of movement, progress, development, etc.
- a particular way of walking, running, etc. (of a person or animal); gait; walk
- the gait of a horse in which both legs on the same side are raised together
Origin of paceMiddle English pas ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin passus, a step, literally , a stretching out of the leg ; from past participle of pandere, to stretch out ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pet-, to stretch out from source fathom
- to walk or stride back and forth across
- to measure by paces: often with off
- to train, develop, or guide the pace of (a horse)
- to set the pace for (a runner, horse, etc.)
- to regulate the rate of progress, development, etc. of, esp. so as to conserve energy or resources
- to go before and lead
- to cover (a certain distance)
- to walk with slow or regular steps
- to raise both legs on the same side at the same time in moving: said of a horse
change of pace
- variation in tempo, mood, routine, etc.
- Old-fashioned, Baseball change-up
go through one's paces
to show one's abilities, skills, etc.
keep pace (with)
- to go at the same speed (as)
- to maintain the same rate of progress, etc. (as)
off the pace
behind the leader; out of first place
put through one's paces
to test one's ability, skills, etc.
set the pace
- to go at a speed that others try to equal, as in a race
- to do or be something for others to emulate
with all due respect to: used in expressing polite disagreement
Origin of paceL, ablative of pax, peace
- A step made in walking; a stride.
- A unit of length equal to 30 inches (0.76 meter).
- The distance spanned by a step or stride, especially:a. The modern version of the Roman pace, measuring five English feet. Also called geometric pace.b. Thirty inches at quick marching time or 36 at double time.c. 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.
- a. The rate of speed at which a person, animal, or group walks or runs.b. The rate of speed at which an activity or movement proceeds.
- A manner of walking or running: a jaunty pace.
- A gait of a horse in which both feet on one side are lifted and put down together.
verbpaced, pac·ing, pac·es
- a. To walk or stride back and forth across: paced the floor nervously.b. To measure (a space) by counting the number of steps needed to cover a distance.c. To walk (a number of steps) in so measuring a space.
- Sports a. To set or regulate the rate of speed for (a race or a competitor in a race).b. To lead (one's team or teammates) with a good performance: paced her team to a victory with 18 points.
- To advance or develop (something) for a particular purpose or at a particular rate: paced the lectures so as not to overwhelm the students.
- To train (a horse) in a particular gait, especially the pace.
- To walk with long deliberate steps.
- To go at the pace. Used of a horse or rider.
Origin of paceMiddle English, from Old French pas, from Latin passus, from past participle of pandere, to stretch, spread out; see pet&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
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.
Origin of paceLatin pace, ablative of pax, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
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