- a rate of movement, especially in stepping, walking, etc.: to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour.
- a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo.
- any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 inches (75 cm to 1 meter).Compare geometrical pace, military pace, Roman pace.
- a single step: She took three paces in the direction of the door.
- the distance covered in a step: Stand six paces inside the gates.
- a manner of stepping; gait.
- a gait of a horse or other animal in which the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together.
- any of the gaits of a horse.
- a raised step or platform.
- to set the pace for, as in racing.
- to traverse or go over with steps: He paced the floor nervously.
- to measure by paces.
- to train to a certain pace; exercise in pacing: to pace a horse.
- (of a horse) to run (a distance) at a pace: Hanover II paced a mile.
- to take slow, regular steps.
- to walk up and down nervously, as to expend nervous energy.
- (of a horse) to go at a pace.
- put through one's paces, to cause someone to demonstrate his or her ability or to show her or his skill: The French teacher put her pupils through their paces for the visitors.
- set the pace, to act as an example for others to equal or rival; be the most progressive or successful: an agency that sets the pace in advertising.
Origin of pace1
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- with all due respect to; with the permission of: I do not, pace my rival, hold with the ideas of the reactionists.
Origin of pace2
hic requiescit in pace
- here rests in peace: a phrase used on tombstones before the name of the deceased.
requiescat in pace
- may he (or she) rest in peace.
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- a measure of length equal to the average length of a stride, approximately 3 feetSee also Roman pace, geometric pace, military pace
- speed of movement, esp of walking or running
- rate or style of proceeding at some activityto live at a fast pace
- manner or action of stepping, walking, etc; gait
- any of the manners in which a horse or other quadruped walks or runs, the three principal paces being the walk, trot, and canter (or gallop)
- a manner of moving, natural to the camel and sometimes developed in the horse, in which the two legs on the same side of the body are moved and put down at the same time
- architect a step or small raised platform
- keep pace with to proceed at the same speed as
- put someone through his paces to test the ability of someone
- set the pace to determine the rate at which a group runs or walks or proceeds at some other activity
- stand the pace or stay the pace to keep up with the speed or rate of others
- (tr) to set or determine the pace for, as in a race
- (often foll by about, up and down, etc) to walk with regular slow or fast paces, as in boredom, agitation, etcto pace the room
- (tr often foll by out) to measure by pacesto pace out the distance
- (intr) to walk with slow regular stridesto pace along the street
- (intr) (of a horse) to move at the pace (the specially developed gait)
- with due deference to: used to acknowledge politely someone who disagrees with the speaker or writer
- Police and Criminal Evidence Act
Word Origin and History for pace
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.
Idioms and Phrases with pace
see change of pace; keep pace; put someone through his or her paces; set the pace; snail's pace.