- To stop is defined as to block, close, defeat, prevent from moving or bring to an end.
- An example of to stop is a dam keeping water from flowing in a river.
- An example of to stop is to apply the car's brakes and the car stands still at a red light.
- to staunch (a cut, wound, etc.) to block up (a passage, road, pipe, etc.) so as to make impassable; obstruct: often with up to fill in, plug up, or cover (a hole, cavity, opening, mouth, etc.): often with up to close (a bottle, jug, etc.) as with a cork or cap
- to close (a finger hole of a wind instrument) so as to produce a desired tone
- to produce (a tone) in this way
- to prevent the passage or further passage of (water, light, etc.); block; intercept to prevent the movement or further movement of; specif.,
- to halt the progress of (a person, animal, vehicle, etc.)
- to check (a blow, stroke, or thrust); parry; counter
- to defeat (an opponent)
- to intercept (a letter, etc.) in transit
- to baffle; perplex; nonplus
- to cause to cease or end: stop that racket
- to bring to an end; discontinue: to stop a subscription
- to kill
- to defeat, as by knocking out
- to keep (a person) from doing something contemplated to prevent the starting, advent, etc. of; preclude to notify one's bank to withhold payment on (one's check)
Origin: Middle English stoppen from Old English -stoppian (in compound ) from West Germanic stoppōn from Vulgar Latin an unverified form stuppare, to stop up, stuff from Classical Latin stuppa from Glassical Greek styppē, tow from Indo-European an unverified form stewe-, to thicken, contract from source Glassical Greek styphein, to contract, Sanskrit stuka, tuft
- to cease moving, walking, proceeding, etc.; halt
- to leave off doing something; desist from continuing
- to cease operating or functioning
- to be able to go no further; come to an end
- to become clogged or choked
- to tarry or stay for a while, esp. as a transient or guest: often with at or in
- a stopping or being stopped; check; arrest; cessation; halt; specif., a pause in speech or at the end of a sense unit in verse
- a coming to an end; finish; end
- a stay or sojourn
- a place stopped at, as on a bus route
- an indentation in the face of an animal, esp. a dog, between the forehead and the nose or muzzle
- something that stops; obstruction; obstacle; specif.,
- a plug or stopper
- stop order
- an order to withhold payment on a check
- a mechanical part that stops, limits, or regulates motion, as a pawl
- Chiefly Brit. a punctuation mark, esp. a period
- pressure, as of a finger, on a string of a violin, etc. to produce a desired tone
- a fret on a guitar, etc.
- the closing of a finger hole of a wind instrument to produce a desired tone
- such a hole
- a tuned set of organ pipes, reeds, or electronic devices of the same specific type and tone quality
- a pull, lever, or key for putting such a set or sets into or out of operation
- Naut. a piece of line used to secure something
- the complete stopping of the outgoing breath, as with the lips, tongue, or velum
- a consonant formed in this way, as (p), (b), (t), (d), (k), and (g)
- the aperture, usually adjustable, of a lens
- the f-number
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verb stopped stopped, stop·ping, stops verb, transitive
- To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up: The tea leaves stopped the drain.
- To constrict (an opening or orifice): My nose is stopped up.
- To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
- To prevent the flow or passage of: stop supplies from getting through.
- a. To halt the motion or progress of: stopped me and asked directions.b. To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.c. To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
- a. To cause to desist or to change a course of action: stopped us from continuing the argument.b. To prevent or restrain: stopped him from going.
- To discontinue or cease: He stopped his complaining.
- a. To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).b. To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
- To order a bank to withhold payment of: stopped the check.
- Music a. To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.b. To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.
- To cease moving, progressing, acting, or operating; come to a halt: The clock stopped in the night.
- To put an end to what one is doing; cease: had to stop at an exciting place in the book.
- To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off: stop by at a friend's house; stop in at the office; stop off at the gas station.
- The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped; cessation.
- A finish; an end.
- A stay or visit, as one taken during a trip.
- A place at which someone or something stops: a regular stop on my paper route; a bus stop.
- A device or means that obstructs, blocks, or plugs up.
- An order given to a bank to withhold payment on a check.
- A part in a mechanism that stops or regulates movement.
- The effective aperture of a lens, controlled by a diaphragm.
- A mark of punctuation, especially a period.
- Music a. The act of stopping a string or hole on an instrument.b. A fret on a stringed instrument.c. A hole on a wind instrument.d. A device such as a key for closing the hole on a wind instrument.e. A tuned set of pipes, as in an organ.f. A knob, key, or pull that regulates such a set of pipes.
- Nautical A line used for securing something temporarily: a sail stop.
- a. Linguistics One of a set of speech sounds that is a plosive or a nasal.b. A plosive.
- The depression between the muzzle and top of the skull of an animal, especially a dog.
- Sports A save made by a goalie.
- Games A stopper.
- Architecture A projecting stone, often carved, at the end of a molding.
Origin: Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, probably from Vulgar Latin *stuppāre, to caulk, from Latin stuppa, tow, broken flax, from Greek stuppē.
- stopˈpa·ble adjective
stop - Phrases/Idioms
pull out all (the) stops
- to play an organ with all the stops in operation
- to apply maximum effort; use everything possible
put a stop to
- to interrupt one's education as in order to work
- to block out (areas not to be printed or painted) as of a silk-screen design
- to visit for a whilealso stop in (or by) stop in (or by)
- to break a journey, as for rest
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