Origin of paced
- 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
Related Wordsstep, clip, measure, time, rate, velocity, progress, momentum, trot, lick, tread, footstep, walk, stride, gait, celerity, beat, bounce, motion, quickness
Examples from the Web for paced
The Sud Express dining car served a seven-course lunch, paced gracefully to last most of the journey.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
Sleep was impossible, so his thoughts circled and paced, lingering on the memory of an encounter he wished to forget.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
The narrative is paced and comfortable, peppered with bursts of predictability.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 29, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker, Jen Vafidis
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Témoris sat, stoic, on a blanket but Andoni and I paced the cell restlessly.My Harrowing Kidnapping Ordeal in Syria
January 29, 2013
Unable to be still, he paced around the beach muttering something, his eyes wide and to the ground.Advice for Taylor Swift on Her Romance With Conor Kennedy
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Meg paced the floor a minute, then slapped herself into a chair.The Bacillus of Beauty
Eudora paced down the sidewalk with a magnificent, stately gait.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He paced the chamber like a beast in a cage, hissing out the words in his anger.Casanova's Homecoming
Dr. Eben Williams clenched his hands as he paced up and down the beach.Hetty's Strange History
Hatteras went outside, and paced up and down with rapid strides.The Field of Ice
- 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
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Word Origin and History for paced
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 paced
see change of pace; keep pace; put someone through his or her paces; set the pace; snail's pace.