- 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
transitive verbpaced, pac′ing
- 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
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