verb (used with object), paced, pac·ing.
verb (used without object), paced, pac·ing.
Origin of pace1
Synonyms for pace
Antonyms for pace
Related Words for pacingtrot, canter, pound, march, tread, gallop, stride, step, traipse, troop, patrol, hoof, ambulate, count, determine
Examples from the Web for pacing
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 13, 2014
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
September 24, 2014
When Bratton descended to the trains, a man was pacing the platform edge, ranting in Spanish.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
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
"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
Historical Examples of pacing
She realized dully that Carlotta was there, too, pacing up and down the little room.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was astonished to find that he was pacing up and down the floor of his apartment.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Nelson was at this time, in all the excitement of action, pacing the quarter-deck.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Madden nodded slightly, and the two drew near the pacing guard.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Alexander had finished his coffee and was pacing up and down.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
- 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.