pac·​er | \ ˈpā-sər How to pronounce pacer (audio) \

Definition of pacer

1 : one that paces specifically : a horse whose predominant gait is the pace

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Examples of pacer in a Sentence

a highly competitive industry in which any company that isn't a pacer quickly becomes a belly-up also-ran
Recent Examples on the Web Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page and winning for the 78th victory in a 239-race career, broke Northfield Park’s track record for older pacers by stopping the teletimer in 1:49 2/5. Bob Roberts,, "Bettor’s Wish becomes latest harness racing millionaire, wins Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park," 10 Aug. 2019 Reigning top female, Huntsville’s Alana Scarano, will be on the course, but as a pacer. Daniel Boyette, al, "Get ready for Saturday’s Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville," 13 Dec. 2019 Simple breathing pacer apps on smartphones, or cheap heart rate monitors, can be used to practice becoming more aware of your breathing, and controlling your heart rate. David Shearer, Quartz, "Fight performance anxiety with the same techniques elite athletes use," 7 Dec. 2019 The only undefeated horse racing is Elver Hanover, a two-year-old male pacer. Bob Roberts,, "Record $2.5 million on the line Sunday in Northfield Park Ohio Sires Stakes races," 30 Aug. 2019 Runners are allowed to use pacers during the second half of the race, and during the final few miles Dalton was pacing Trammell and Arneson was giving him splits. Anchorage Daily News, "Running at high altitude, Anchorage’s Chad Trammell claims 2nd place at Leadville 100," 18 Aug. 2019 Ben Blankenship and Hanna Green of OTC Elite are set for the Prefontaine Classic, while the group’s Harun Abda will serve as a pacer for the Bowerman Mile., "Maybe it’s time for different leadership at USA Track & Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 June 2019 There have been other cybersecurity alerts issued by the FDA with respect to heart defibrillators and heart pacers known as cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Says Medtronic Insulin Pumps Pose Cybersecurity Risk," 27 June 2019 With the help of her pacer, Lee’s group found an available lodge in a village a few hours away. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ultra-runner is first American woman to complete Mount Everest extreme race," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of pacer

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pacer was in 1616

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pacer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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pac·​er | \ ˈpā-sər How to pronounce pacer (audio) \

Medical Definition of pacer

: pacemaker sense 2 electronic cardiac pacers

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