- 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 is 30 inches, or 36 inches for double time: the , 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 , 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
transitive verbpaced, pacing
- 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
- 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 or mood, in the presentation of acts in a variety show, etc.
- Baseball change-up
go through one's paces
keep pace (with)
- to go at the same speed (as)
- to maintain the same rate of progress, etc. (as)
off the pace
put through one's paces
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
Origin of paceClassical Latin 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 paced, 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.
Origin of paceLatin pāce, ablative of pāx, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
- A step taken with the foot. [from 14th century]
- The distance covered in a step (sometimes two), either vaguely or according to various specific set measurements. [from 14th century]
- Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor.
- I have perambulated your field, and estimate its perimeter to be 219 paces.
(third-person singular simple present paces, present participle pacing, simple past and past participle paced)
- Walk to and fro in a small space.
- Set the speed in a race.
- Measure by walking.
- (formal) With all due respect to.
Used when expressing a contrary opinion, in formal speech or writing.
Alteration of Pasch.