stopping

[ stop-ing ]
/ ˈstɒp ɪŋ /

noun Mining.

a barrier erected to prevent the flow of air or gas.

Nearby words

  1. stoppard,
  2. stoppard, tom,
  3. stopped,
  4. stopped diapason,
  5. stopper,
  6. stopping by woods on a snowy evening,
  7. stopping power,
  8. stopple,
  9. stops,
  10. stopt

Origin of stopping

1700–05; special use of stopping, verbal noun of stop; see -ing1

Origin of stop

before 1000; Middle English stoppen (v.), Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian to stop up); cognate with Dutch, Low German stoppen, German stopfen; all ≪ Vulgar Latin *stuppāre to plug with oakum, derivative of Latin stuppa coarse hemp or flax < Greek stýppē

Related formsstop·less, adjectivestop·less·ness, nounmul·ti·stop, adjective

Synonym study

3. Stop, arrest, check, halt imply causing a cessation of movement or progress (literal or figurative). Stop is the general term for the idea: to stop a clock. Arrest usually refers to stopping by imposing a sudden and complete restraint: to arrest development. Check implies bringing about an abrupt, partial, or temporary stop: to check a trotting horse. To halt means to make a temporary stop, especially one resulting from a command: to halt a company of soldiers.

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British Dictionary definitions for stopping

stopping

/ (ˈstɒpɪŋ) /

noun

British informal a dental filling
a solid barrier in a mine tunnel to seal off harmful gases, fire, fresh air from used air, etc

adjective

mainly British making many stops in a journeya stopping train

stop

/ (stɒp) /

verb stops, stopping or stopped

noun


Derived Formsstoppable, adjective

Word Origin for stop

C14: from Old English stoppian (unattested), as in forstoppian to plug the ear, ultimately from Late Latin stuppāre to stop with a tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek stuppē

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Word Origin and History for stopping
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Idioms and Phrases with stopping

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

also see:

  • buck stops here
  • pull out all the stops
  • put an end (a stop) to
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