stop down


stopped down; stopping down; stops down

transitive verb

: to reduce the effective aperture of (a lens) by means of a diaphragm

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nick Lopez made a diving stop down the third-base line and fired quickly, short-hopping the throw. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 Last season the Sun Devils were deficient defensively, finishing 332nd out of 340 teams in rebounding margin and failing to get a stop down the stretch in crucial games. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2021 The Celtics were close to a defensive stop down 4 points with 50 seconds left, and instead Harris got two free throws. Gary Washburn,, 21 Jan. 2021 Ali said the company website has a scheduling app where clients can schedule a time to stop down and check out a vehicle for sale. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stop down was circa 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Stop down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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