Definition for stopping (2 of 2)
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.
Origin of stop
Examples from the Web for stopping
I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So there were deep reasons, both personal and artistic, for stopping my story at that point.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cook walked more slowly than most, stopping to engage with passersby who expressed their own frustration and support.
His bloodthirsty fighters might be Baghdad's best hope of stopping the Islamic State.
After the sale, a report stated that XXL, like VIBE, would be stopping its print edition, but that turned out to be false.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he refrained, stopping suddenly, because he recollected that he could no longer utter what he wished to say.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
They hired a small gasoline launch, that was continually getting out of order, and stopping out in the middle of the lake.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
Immediately, the call for hauling over hammock cloths and stopping them down was sounded.Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns|Halsey Davidson
"Yes, I AM the man," says the trooper, stopping two or three stairs down.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
She was moving toward the door, and his ungrateful outburst had the effect of stopping her.The Quickening|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for stopping (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for stopping (2 of 2)
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)
Word Origin for stop
Word Origin and History for stopping (1 of 2)
Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian "to stop up, stifle"), a general West Germanic word (cf. West Frisian stopje, Middle Low German stoppen, Old High German stopfon, German stopfen "to plug, stop up," Old Low Frankish (be)stuppon "to stop (the ears)"), but held by many sources to be a borrowing from Vulgar Latin *stuppare "to stop or stuff with tow or oakum" (cf. Italian stoppare, French étouper "to stop with tow"), from Latin stuppa "coarse part of flax, tow." Plugs made of tow were used from ancient times in Rhine valley. Barnhart, at least, proposes the whole Germanic group rather might be native, from a base *stoppon.
Sense of "bring or come to a halt" (mid-15c.) is from notion of preventing a flow by blocking a hole, and the word's development in this sense is unique to English, though it since has been widely adopted in other languages; perhaps influenced by Latin stupere "be stunned, be stupefied." Stop-and-go (adj.) is from 1926, originally a reference to traffic signals.
Word Origin and History for stopping (1 of 2)
late 15c., from stop (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with stopping
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