verb (used with object), paced, pac·ing.
verb (used without object), paced, pac·ing.
- pacchionian body,
- pacchionian depression,
- pace bowler,
- pace car,
- pace lap,
Origin of pace1
Examples from the Web for pacing
We see the pacing and its effect on the people below, all in one shot.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The animation is beautifully rendered and the storytelling top notch even if the pacing is, at times, erratic.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin|David Levesley|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Bratton descended to the trains, a man was pacing the platform edge, ranting in Spanish.
His assistant manager, DOUG STAMPER, is agitated, pacing back and forth, while UNDERWOOD calmly eats a breadstick.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden|Kelly Williams Brown|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I don't know what you're thinking coming here," Walt snaps, pacing like a caged beast.The Daily Beast Staff Picks Their Favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ Moments (VIDEO)|The Daily Beast|September 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Harley Greenoak, pacing his horse up the valley, noted the fact, and—read it at its real meaning.Harley Greenoak's Charge|Bertram Mitford
I wandered into the governor's beautiful garden, and, pacing up and down, pondered what the lively Lucetta had said.Humphrey Bold|Herbert Strang
"Well, I can't make head or tail of it," said Nugent, rising and pacing the room.At Sunwich Port, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
And there, pacing the floor before her, was her father, the great plantation owner.Forbidden Cargoes|Roy J. Snell
I found him in his gloomy chamber at the inn, pacing slowly up and down.Eugene Pickering|Henry James
- 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.