stop down


stopped down; stopping down; stops down

transitive verb

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

Examples of stop down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Nets got within one in the fourth, but stops down the stretch kept Brooklyn at bay. Fiifi Frimpong, New York Daily News, 13 Apr. 2024 Stars also appear quite sharp; the Fisheye is clearly tuned to get its best wide-open pictures for distant subjects, so there's no need to stop down as is the case when focusing close. PCMAG, 20 May 2024 Landscape photographers sometimes stop down all the way to create multipoint sunstars in photos, but the 800mm focal length is not ideal for landscape scenes that incorporate the sun. PCMAG, 25 Apr. 2024 The Provosts are inviting customers to stop down for a meal and a goodbye. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 8 Apr. 2024 Wide-open resolution is a little better (4,200 lines) at the 50mm focal length, and the lens delivers similarly strong results stopped down as at 28mm. PCMAG, 28 Mar. 2024 Landscape specialists who want the sunstar effect in photos might opt to stop down, but even then, the effect is underwhelming with tines that lack clear definition. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 A couple stops down the street is the obligatory Pixar headquarters photo op. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 For another, a pair of producers killing an actor and causing a show to stop down? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2023

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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