[ pey-sing ]
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  1. the act or result of setting the rate of movement or progress, as of a story, movie, lesson, etc.: The pacing of a video presentation must be appropriate; too slow is just as common (and as bad) as too fast.

  2. the act of walking back and forth, as to expend nervous energy: For several minutes after she entered, he continued his restless pacing to and fro as if unaware of her presence.

  1. the act of walking with slow, regular steps: Above my head, at intervals, I heard the pacing of the sentry upon the roof.

  2. the act or process of measuring something by counting the steps taken to walk its length at a normal stride: Though surveyors find it a quick and easy way to measure distance in the field, accurate pacing can only be accomplished by practice.

  1. walking back and forth, as to expend nervous energy: I tried to focus my attention on anything but the rapidly pacing detective, who was deep in thought.

  2. walking with slow, regular steps: Seeing the pacing security guard in front of the sliding doors, she looked around quickly for another way out.

  1. (of a horse or other animal) moving in such a way that the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together: A pacing horse will swing its head from side to side as opposed to up and down.

Origin of pacing

First recorded in 1450–1500; pac(e)1 + -ing1 for the noun senses; pac(e)1 + -ing2 for the adjective senses

Words Nearby pacing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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