verb (used with object), paced, pac·ing.
verb (used without object), paced, pac·ing.
Origin of pace1
Synonyms for pace
Antonyms for pace
Origin of pace2
hic requiescit in pace
requiescat in pace
Related Words for pacestep, clip, measure, time, rate, velocity, progress, momentum, trot, lick, tread, footstep, walk, stride, gait, celerity, beat, bounce, motion, quickness
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Contemporary Examples of pace
Being reminded that economic and social conditions are not improving at the pace one expected can be a powerful motivator.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
December 7, 2014
But at the same time, both of those roles offered the opportunity of a change in pace.Crying With Laura Dern: The Star on Her Oscar-Worthy ‘Wild’ Turn
December 3, 2014
Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart.GOP Flack Throws Shade at First Teens
November 29, 2014
Wheatcroft uses the app RunKeeper, which reads aloud distance and pace information.Running Blind: Meet the Most Inspiring Marathoner
October 31, 2014
Overall, the film moves along with the pace of a worsening snowstorm.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of pace
He began to pace the floor again from one room to the other.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He made it his point to see that she was never urged beyond that pace.Way of the Lawless
Now, she quickened her pace, anxious for the plunge that should set the term to sorrow.Within the Law
He should then pace the distance between himself and that animal.
He was followed by two young women, who flanked him by a pace or so to the rear.
- a single step in walking
- the distance covered by a step
Word Origin for pace
Word Origin for pace
n acronym for (in England and Wales)
late 13c., "a step in walking; rate of motion," from Old French pas "a step, pace, trace," and directly from Latin passus, passum "a step, pace, stride," noun use of past participle of pandere "to stretch (the leg), spread out," probably from PIE *pat-no-, from root *pete- "to spread" (cf. Greek petannynai "to spread out," petalon "a leaf," patane "plate, dish;" Old Norse faðmr "embrace, bosom," Old English fæðm "embrace, bosom, fathom," Old Saxon fathmos "the outstretched arms"). Also, "a measure of five feet" [Johnson]. Pace-setter in fashion is from 1895.
"with the leave of," 1863, from Latin pace, ablative of pax "peace," as in pace tua "with all deference to you;" from PIE *pak- "to fasten" (see pax). "Used chiefly as a courteous or ironical apology for a contradiction or difference of opinion" [OED].
1510s, "to walk at a steady rate," from pace (n.). Meaning "to measure by pacing" is from 1570s. That of "to set the pace for" (another) is from 1886. Related: Paced; pacing.
see change of pace; keep pace; put someone through his or her paces; set the pace; snail's pace.