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pace

noun \ ˈpās \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of pace

1 a :rate of movement
  • the runner's pace
; especially :an established rate of locomotion
b :rate of progress; specifically :parallel rate of growth or development
  • supplies kept pace with demand
c :an example to be emulated; specifically :first place in a competition
  • three strokes off the pace
  • Time
d (1) :rate of performance or delivery :tempo
  • a steady pace
  • on pace to set a record
; especially :speed
  • serves with great pace
  • a pace bowler in cricket
(2) :rhythmic animation :fluency
  • writes with color, with zest, and with pace
  • —Amy Loveman
2 :a manner of walking :tread
  • … walked slowly, with even, unhesitating pace
  • —Willa Cather
3 a :step 2a(1)
b :any of various units of distance based on the length of a human step
4 a paces plural :an exhibition or test of skills or capacities
  • the trainer put the tiger through its paces
b :gait; especially :a fast 2-beat gait (as of the horse) in which the legs move in lateral pairs and support the animal alternately on the right and left legs

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Examples of pace in a Sentence

  1. We walked at a leisurely pace along the shore.

  2. The pace of the story was slow.

  3. His new album is selling at a blistering pace.

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Origin and Etymology of pace

Middle English pas, from Anglo-French, stride, step, from Latin passus, from pandere to spread — more at fathom

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pace

verb

Definition of pace

paced; pacing
intransitive verb
1 a :to walk with often slow or measured tread
b :to move along :proceed
2 :to go at a pace used especially of a horse
transitive verb
1 a :to measure by pacing often used with off
  • paced off a 10-yard penalty
b :to cover at a walk
  • could hear him pacing the floor
2 :to cover (a course) by pacing used of a horse
3 a :to set or regulate the pace of
  • taught them how to pace their solos for … impact
  • —Richard Goldstein
; also :to establish a moderate or steady pace for (oneself)
b (1) :to go before :precede
(2) :to set an example for :lead
c :to keep pace with

Examples of pace in a Sentence

  1. When she gets nervous she paces back and forth.

  2. He was pacing and muttering to himself.

  3. She paced the other runners for the first half of the race.

  4. Advertisements are paced so that they are shown more often during peak sales seasons.

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Origin and Etymology of pace

see 1pace

pace Synonyms


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pace

preposition pa·ce \ ˈpā-(ˌ)sē ; ˈpä-(ˌ)chā , -(ˌ)kā \

Definition of pace

:contrary to the opinion of usually used as an expression of deference to someone's contrary opinion
  • Easiness is a virtue in grammar, pace old-fashioned grammarians …
  • —Philip Howard
usually italics

Did You Know?

Though used in English for nearly 150 years, the preposition pace has yet to shed its Latin mantle, and for that reason it's most at home in formal writing or in contexts in which one is playing at formality. The Latin word pace is a form of pax, meaning "peace" or "permission," and when used sincerely the word does indeed suggest a desire for both. This Latin borrowing is unrelated to the more common noun pace (as in "keeping pace") and its related verb ("pacing the room"); these also come from Latin, but from the word pandere, meaning "to spread."

Origin and Etymology of pace

Latin, ablative of pac-, pax peace, permission — more at pact


PACE Defined for English Language Learners

pace

noun

Definition of pace for English Language Learners

  • : the speed at which someone or something moves

  • : the speed at which something happens

  • : a single step or the length of a single step


pace

verb

Definition of pace for English Language Learners

  • : to walk back and forth across the same space again and again especially because you are nervous

  • : to control or set the speed of (someone or something)


PACE Defined for Kids

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pace

noun \ ˈpās \

Definition of pace for Students

1 :the speed of moving forward or ahead
2 :the speed at which something is done or happens
  • The pace of production needs to increase.
3 :a horse's gait in which the legs on the same side move at the same time
4 :a single step or its length

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pace

verb

Definition of pace for Students

paced; pacing
1 :to walk back and forth across
  • The nervous man began pacing the floor.
2 :to walk with slow steps
3 :to measure by steps
  • We paced off the length of the garden.
4 :to set or regulate the speed at which something is done or happens You have to pace yourself when exercising.


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