Meaning of PACE in English

I. pace ˈpās noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English pas, from Old French, from Latin passus step, pace, from passus, past participle of pandere to spread, unfold — more at fathom


a. : rate of locomotion : rapidity with which distance is traversed

led off at a good pace so that they could cover as much ground as possible — Fred Majdalany

the limousine moved at an easy pace — John Hersey

the river broadens, slackening its pace as it spreads out — Ted Sumner

especially : an established rate of locomotion

the challenger made the pace hot from the start — G.E.Odd

b. : rate of progress : rapidity of development

the pace of developments in science, agriculture, business, politics, international relations … is so swift — Lister Hill

specifically : a parallel rate of growth or development

as the demand for livestock … grew, the development of shipping facilities kept pace — American Guide Series: Minnesota


(1) : a rash or headlong course

youth, sped by the ancient dream that seemed so new, … went the pace with a high heart — C.E.Montague

(2) : an example to be emulated

one learns to go to church … because other members of the community set the pace for this kind of activity — Edward Sapir

specifically : first place in a competition

three strokes off the pace — Time


(1) : rate of performance or delivery : timing , tempo

see the story unwind … with an amiable pace and plenty of time — Stark Young

housewives, their routine quickened by the pace of wartime living — Monsanto Magazine

the ease and pace of his turns and the precision of his beats place him in the line of the great Russian dancers — Caryl Brahms

specifically : speed

his stories move at a breathless pace — Henry Treece

the pace at which an audience can absorb ideas differs with the ideas — Henning Nelms

the pitcher … whips the ball, varying pace , swerve and flight — Dict. of Games

(2) : rhythmic animation : fluency

writes with color, with zest, and with pace — Amy Loveman


(1) : the speed of a bowled ball or of bowling

the bowler frequently changed pace

(2) : the degree to which a cricket wicket affects the speed of a ball rebounding from it

difference in pace of matting and turf wickets

f. : a device in a loom to maintain even tension in pacing the take-up on the woven fabric

g. : routine

the circus is change of pace — beauty against our daily ugliness — John Steinbeck


a. : a manner of walking : tread

walked slowly, with even, unhesitating pace — Willa Cather

b. obsolete : a route of travel : course

we will direct our pace downward now — James Howell


a. : a movement of the foot over a space to a new position in walking, running, or dancing : step

took a pace or two in the room — Guy McCrone


(1) : the space traversed by one step — used as an indefinite unit of measure

cannot go five paces without seeing some wretched object — Irish Digest

(2) : any of various units of distance based on the length of a human step at a specified time (as for quick time 30 inches and for double time 36 inches) — see roman pace



(1) : a broad step or platform : a flat portion in a run of stairs

(2) : a raised part of a floor (as around an altar)

b. obsolete : a narrow passageway : defile

making paces through woods and thickets — Meredith Hanmer

c. : a passageway running the length of a church between seats


a. : an exhibition of skills or capacities

bird dogs going through their paces in the most alien environment — J.W.Cross

the test pilots … put the new planes through their paces — H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker

specifically : the various gaits of a horse (as the walk, trot, canter, gallop, and amble)

b. : a fast 2-beat gait of the horse and some other quadrupeds in which the legs move in lateral bipeds and support the animal alternately on the right and left pair of legs — compare trot

II. pace verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb


a. : to go with slow or measured tread : walk

a stone platform where meditative persons might pace to and fro — W.B.Yeats

b. : to move along : proceed

they pace through the obligations of their marriage with … cynicism — Times Literary Supplement

2. : to move with a lateral gait — usually used of a horse or dog

pacing … is characterized by its pistonlike drive with parallel sets of legs traveling together — F.A.Wrensch

transitive verb


a. : to measure by pacing — often used with off

pace off a 10-yard penalty

had often wondered how far west his land extended, but had never taken the time to pace it off — O.E.Rölvaag

b. : to cover at a walk

was slowly pacing this narrow enclosure, in his accustomed walk — Sheridan Le Fanu

2. archaic : to execute by pacing

paces a hornpipe among the eggs — Sir Walter Scott


a. obsolete : to train (a horse) to pace

b. of a horse : to cover (a course) by pacing

paced the mile track in 1:55 flat — American Guide Series: Minnesota


a. : to set or regulate the pace of

traffic, paced by clanging cable cars, climbs up and down at cautious speeds — G.W.Long

advertising must be paced so that ads increase in size and frequency as Christmas gets closer — National Furniture Review

must pace himself, know what his physique will stand — Blair Moody

specifically : to run in advance of (a teammate) as a pacemaker in racing

b. : to let out or take up at regular intervals in weaving

pace the warp

pace the web


(1) : to go before : precede

next in line, paced by the scoutmaster

paced by tanks … infantrymen were storming a narrow gorge — Time

specifically : to draw away from (other competitors) in a race

(2) : to set an example for : excel in accomplishment : lead

food prices were pacing the upsurge — Newsweek

oil advertisers paced all other classifications in space gains — Wall Street Journal

specifically : to be high scorer of

paced the team with three hits in the sixth game — Robert Shaplen

d. : to match the progress of : keep pace with

schools of porpoises pace the plodding ship — Tom Marvel

the speed of the machine may be closely regulated to pace the packing operation — Modern Packaging

his own growth … paced that of his science — D.W.Atchley

5. : to establish the tempo of : control the rhythm and flow of

the dynamic director paced the show like a fast 440-yard relay — Henry Hewes

paced the music with … sure and tasteful touch — Winthrop Sargeant

III. pace noun

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) pase, paas, from Middle French pasche, from Old French — more at pasch

dialect chiefly England : easter

IV. pa·ce ˈpāsē preposition

Etymology: Latin, abl. of pac-, pax peace — more at peace

: with all due respect or courtesy to

I do not, pace … the correspondents, claim to have made any “discovery” — E.M.Almedingen

pace the feminists, I believe my own sex is largely responsible for this … impertinent curiosity — Katharine F. Gerould

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