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Definitions of stop

  1. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" Webster Dictionary DB
  7. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!"; "We broke at noon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. a consonant produced by stopping air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; "the organist pulled out all the stops" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. To point, as a composition; to punctuate. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. To make fast; to stopper. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. To cease from any motion, or course of action. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend. Newage Dictionary DB
  35. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction. Newage Dictionary DB
  36. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction. Newage Dictionary DB
  37. A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought. Newage Dictionary DB
  38. The closing of an aperture in the air passage, or pressure of the finger upon the string, of an instrument of music, so as to modify the tone; hence, any contrivance by which the sounds of a musical instrument are regulated. Newage Dictionary DB
  39. In the organ, one of the knobs or handles at each side of the organist, by which he can draw on or shut off any register or row of pipes; the register itself; as, the vox humana stop. Newage Dictionary DB
  40. A member, plain or molded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts. This takes the place, or answers the purpose, of a rebate. Also, a pin or block to prevent a drawer from sliding too far. Newage Dictionary DB
  41. A point or mark in writing or printing intended to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses; a mark of punctuation. See Punctuation. Newage Dictionary DB
  42. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses. Newage Dictionary DB
  43. The depression in the face of a dog between the skull and the nasal bones. It is conspicuous in the bulldog, pug, and some other breeds. Newage Dictionary DB
  44. Some part of the articulating organs, as the lips, or the tongue and palate, closed (a) so as to cut off the passage of breath or voice through the mouth and the nose (distinguished as a lip-stop, or a front-stop, etc., as in p, t, d, etc.), or (b) so as to obstruct, but not entirely cut off, the passage, as in l, n, etc.; also, any of the consonants so formed. Newage Dictionary DB
  45. To close, as a hole or opening, by filling, covering, etc.; close the opening of; hence, to stanch (a wound); to hinder, check, or impede; as, sobs stopped her utterance; make impassable; as, to stop a passage; to arrest the progress of; as, to stop a car; to cause to cease; as, to stop a noise; desist from. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  46. To cease; to come to an end; as, the noise stopped; colloquially, to tarry; stay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  47. The act of stopping; state of being stopped; a hindrance or check; a pause or delay; a device for regulating the pitch of a musical instrument; one of a series of organ pipes; mark used in punctuation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. Stopped. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. Stopping. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. In dentistry, to fill a tooth-cavity. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  51. To stuff or close up: to obstruct: to render impassable: to hinder: to intercept: to restrain: to apply musical stops to: to regulate the sounds of a stringed instrument by shortening the strings with the fingers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. To cease going forwards: to cease from any motion or action: to leave off: to be at an end:-pr.p. stopping; pa.t. and pa.p. stopped. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  53. Act of stopping: state of being stopped: hinderance: obstacle: interruption: (music) one of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced: a mark used in punctuation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  54. Act of stopping; cessation of motion or action; pause; hindrance; interruption; finger hole, or place for the finger on a musical instrument; mark used in punctuation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  55. To cease progress or action; to come to, or be at, an end. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  56. To obstruct; close up; hinder; check the motion of; restrain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  57. To bring from motion to rest; cause to cease; bring to anend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. To check beforehand; prevent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. To close; keep back. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. To come to rest. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. To cease; discontinue. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. The act of stopping; pause. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. An obstruction; hindrance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  64. A contrivance, in musical instruments, for regulating tones. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  65. A punctuation mark. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. Cessation of progressive motion; obstruction; repression; interruption; obstacle; a point or mark in writing for regulating the necessary pauses; that by which the sounds of musical instruments are regulated; the act of applying the stops. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  67. To close by filling or obstructing; to obstruct; to check or arrest; to impede; to repress; to restrain; to intercept; to regulate sounds. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  68. To cease to go forward; to cease. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  69. To hinder; to impede or interrupt; to suppress; to render impassable; to close, as an aperture; to regulate the sounds of, as a musical instr., with the fingers; to cease from going forward, or from any course of action; to leave off, as from work. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  70. Cessation, as of progress, motion, operation, or action; obstruction; hindrance; impediment; obstacle; one of the vent-holes of a musical wind instr., by the opening or closing of which musical sounds may be regulated and modified, as an organ-stop; the place in a stringed instr. pressed on for the production of a musical sound; a point or mark in writing to distinguish a sentence or part of a sentence, and show the pauses in reading. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  71. stop, v.t. to stuff or close up: to obstruct: to render impassable: to hinder from further motion, progress, effect, or change: to restrain, repress, suppress, suspend: to intercept: to apply musical stops to: to regulate the sounds of a stringed instrument by shortening the strings with the fingers: (naut.) to make fast.--v.i. to cease going forward: to cease from any motion or action, to stay, tarry: to leave off: to be at an end: to ward off a blow:--pr.p. stop'ping; pa.t. and pa.p. stopped.--n. act of stopping: state of being stopped: hinderance: obstacle: interruption: (mus.) one of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced: a mark used in punctuation: an alphabetic sound involving a complete closure of the mouth-organs: a wooden batten on a door or window-frame against which it closes: a stop-thrust in fencing.--ns. STOP'-COCK, a short pipe in a cask, &c., opened and stopped by turning a cock or key; STOP'-GAP, that which fills a gap or supplies a deficiency, esp. an expedient of emergency; STOP'-M[=O]'TION, a mechanical arrangement for producing an automatic stop in machinery, as for shutting off steam, &c.; STOP'PAGE, act of stopping: state of being stopped: an obstruction; STOP'PER, one who stops: that which closes a vent or hole, as the cork or glass mouthpiece for a bottle: (naut.) a short rope for making something fast.--v.t. to close or secure with a stopper.--ns. STOP'PING, that which fills up, material for filling up cracks, &c., filling material for teeth: STOP'PING-OUT, the practice in etching of covering certain parts with a composition impervious to acid, to keep the acid off them while allowing it to remain on the other parts to mark them more; STOP'-WATCH, a watch whose hands can be stopped to allow of time that has elapsed being calculated more exactly, used in timing a race, &c. [M. E. stoppen--O. Fr. estouper (Ice. stoppa, Ger. stopfen, to stuff); all from L. stupa, the coarse part of flax, tow.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  72. Stuff up or up, prevent or forbid passage through, make impervious or impassable, close, bar, stifle, stanch, (s. a leak, hole, &c.; stopped pipe in organ, with upper end plugged, giving note an octave lower; s. one\'s ears, put fingers in to avoid hearing, also fig. refuse to listen; s. a tooth, fill cavity in it with stopping n. of gold, amalgam, cement, &c.; s. a wound, stanch its bleeding; s. one\'s mouth fig., induce him by bribery or other means to keep silence about something; s. a gap, serve to meet a temporary need; s. the way, be oract as obstruction, prevent progress); put an end to (motion &c.), completely check progress or motion or operation of, effectively hinder or prevent, (s. progress &c.; s. horse &c., esp. when running away; s. ball, esp. of batsman or field in cricket; s. thief!, cry of pursuer; s. blow, parry it in boxing; s. blow with one\'s head &c. facet., receive it; thick walls s. sound, render it inaudible; s. one\'s breath, kill him by smothering or otherwise; s. clock, factory, &c., make it cease working; s. person\'s doing, person from doing; shall s. that nonsense, not allow it to go on); cut off, suspend, decline customary giving of or permission for, (shall s. your wages, holidays, meetings; the cost must be stopped out of his salary; s. payment or a cheque, direct one\'s banker not to cash; s. payment, declare oneself unable to meet obligations, break financially; why has our gas, water, been stopped?); change pitch of (stringed or other musical instrument, string of instrument) by pressing string, closing hole, &c.; cease, come to an end, cease from doing, discontinue (one\'s action), cease from motion or speaking or action, make a halt or pause, (noise, annuity, stops; do not s., go on, continue; s. short, cease abruptly; shall s. playing, subscribing, my visits, my endeavours; do s. grumbling, your complaints, that noise; he stopped in the middle of a sentence; my watch has stopped; train does not s. at, before. Exeter; he never stops to think); (colloq.) remain, stay, sojourn, (shall s. in bed, at home; s. up, not go to bed; shall you s. for the sermon?; have been stopping in Cornwall with friends); provide with ss., punctuate, (a badly spelt& stopped letter); (Naut.) make fast, stopper, (cable &c.); (Etching) s. out, cover (parts that are to be protected from action of acid) with defensive coating (stopping-brush, for doing this); (Photog.)s. down, obscure part of (lens) with diaphragm; (Founding) s. off, fill in (part of mould not to be used) with sand. Hence stoppage (3) n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  73. Stopping or being stopped, pause, check, (put a s. to; make, come to, bring to, a s.; is at a s., not proceeding or unable to proceed; train runs from London to Crewe without a s.); punctuation mark, esp. comma, semicolon, colon, or period (jull s., period; come to a full s. transf., cease completely); (Mus.) change of pitch effected by stopping (see prec.), also fret or key or lever in instrument to assist stopping, (in organ) set of pipes having special tone, also knob &c. by which these are put in or out of action, (fig.) manner of speech adopted to produce particular effect (can put on or pull out the pathetic, blustering, virtuous, &c., s. at will); batten, peg, or the like, meant to s. motion of something at fixed point; (Opt., Photog.) diaphragm; (Phonet.) mute consonant, sound made by closure of organs concerned (as k, t, p); (Naut.) small line used as lashing, also projection of lower mast-head supporting trestle-trees. Hence stopless a. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  74. n. Act of stopping ; cessation of motion; interruption of progress, growth, or advance ; delay; -repression ; hinderance of operation or of action ;- that which stops, impedes, or obstructs ;-a hole or vent in a wind instrument which is stopped by the fingers ;-mechanism in the organ by which a certain range of pipes is opened or closed ; also, gradation of the scale made by the fingers on the strings of a violin, &c. ;-a mark of punctuation in writing or printing, serving to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses. Cabinet Dictionary

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