verb (used with object), stopped or (Archaic) stopt; stop·ping.
- to check (a stroke, blow, etc.); parry; ward off.
- to defeat (an opposing player or team): The Browns stopped the Colts.
- Boxing. to defeat by a knockout or technical knockout: Louis stopped Conn in the 13th round.
- to close (a fingerhole) in order to produce a particular note from a wind instrument.
- to press down (a string of a violin, viola, etc.) in order to alter the pitch of the tone produced from it.
- to produce (a particular note) by so doing.
verb (used without object), stopped or (Archaic) stopt; stop·ping.
- an order to refuse payment of a check.
- stop order.
- the act of closing a fingerhole or pressing a string of an instrument in order to produce a particular note.
- a device or contrivance, as on an instrument, for accomplishing this.
- (in an organ) a graduated set of pipes of the same kind and giving tones of the same quality.
- Also called stop knob. a knob or handle that is drawn out or pushed back to permit or prevent the sounding of such a set of pipes or to control some other part of the organ.
- (in a reed organ) a group of reeds functioning like a pipe-organ stop.
- an articulation that interrupts the flow of air from the lungs.
- a consonant sound characterized by stop articulation, as p, b, t, d, k, and g.Compare continuant.
- to mask (certain areas of an etching plate, photographic negative, etc.) with varnish, paper, or the like, to prevent their being etched, printed, etc.
- to withdraw temporarily from school: Most of the students who stop out eventually return to get their degrees.
SYNONYMS FOR stop
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Idioms for stop
- to use every means available.
- to express, do, or carry out something without reservation.
Origin of stop
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OTHER WORDS FROM stopstopless, adjectivestop·less·ness, nounmul·ti·stop, adjective
Words nearby stop
How to use stop in a sentence
Now I have a plausible explanation for how I feel, putting a stop to some of the second-guessing going on in my head.
It seems like he’s going to continue to do this until someone puts a stop to it.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
That promise was enough to quell a few lawsuits filed by California groups against the federal government for failing to put a stop to the sewage-filled stormwater rolling from Mexico’s hills.Morning Report: Why COVID-19 Has Hit Latinos So Hard|Voice of San Diego|August 13, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The agency issued a stop sale, use or removal order, which is supposed to prevent the company from selling its product.Environment Report: One Way to Force Companies to Emit Less Carbon|MacKenzie Elmer|August 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The chair of the Uptown Community Parking District board proposed using the funds for cleaning bus stops, but the city said no.
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
The men were accused of reneging on pledges to stop working for the Iraqi government.
Has L.A. figured out how to stop the epidemic it set loose on the world?The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014|William Boot|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"But I can't stop to argue about it now;" and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
At twelve, or fifteen, or sixteen, or twenty it was decided that they should stop learning.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He had seen the act committed, he felt sure but had made no effort whatever to stop the thief.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The Kangaroo can hop and hop and hop; Somehow he never seems to want to stop.
Yet when I stop gazing the next impulse is to move on; for if I have time to rest anywhere, why not at home?Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for stop
verb stops, stopping or stopped
- to alter the vibrating length of (a string on a violin, guitar, etc) by pressing down on it at some point with the finger
- to alter the vibrating length of an air column in a wind instrument by closing (a finger hole, etc)
- to produce (a note) in this manner
- the act of stopping the string, finger hole, etc, of an instrument
- a set of organ pipes or harpsichord strings that may be allowed to sound as a group by muffling or silencing all other such sets
- a knob, lever, or handle on an organ, etc, that is operated to allow sets of pipes to sound
- an analogous device on a harpsichord or other instrument with variable registers, such as an electrophonic instrument
- to play at full volume
- to spare no effort
- a setting of the aperture of a camera lens, calibrated to the corresponding f-number
- another name for diaphragm (def. 4)
Derived forms of stopstoppable, adjective
Word Origin for stop
Idioms and Phrases with stop
In addition to the idioms beginning with stop
- stop at nothing
- stop by
- stop cold
- stop in
- stop off
- stop payment
- stop short
- stop someone's clock
- stop the clock
- stop up
- buck stops here
- pull out all the stops
- put an end (a stop) to