Meander vs Pace - What's the difference?

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Meander is a related term of pace.

As a noun meander

is a winding, crooked, or involved course.

As a verb meander

is to wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.

As a proper noun pace is




Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(wikipedia meander) (en noun)
  • A winding, crooked, or involved course.
  • the meanders of an old river, or of the veins and arteries in the body
  • * Sir R. Blackmore
  • While lingering rivers in meanders glide.
  • A tortuous or intricate movement.
  • Fretwork.
  • (math) A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times.
  • Derived terms

    * meander belt * meanderer * meandering * meanderian * meanderic * meanderiform * meanderine * meander line * meander loop * meandrous * meandry


    (en verb)
  • To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
  • The stream meandered through the valley.
  • To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.
  • (Dryton)


    * The Chambers Dictionary (1998)


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pas, (etyl) pas, and their source, (etyl) passus.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Passage, route.
  • # (obsolete) One's journey or route.
  • # (obsolete) A passage through difficult terrain; a mountain pass or route vulnerable to ambush etc.
  • #* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.1:
  • But when she saw them gone she forward went, / As lay her journey, through that perlous Pace [...].
  • # (obsolete) An aisle in a church.
  • Step.
  • # A step taken with the foot.
  • # The distance covered in a step (or sometimes two), either vaguely or according to various specific set measurements. How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement : English Customary Weights and Measures, © Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (§: Distance , ¶ ? 6)
  • Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor.
  • I have perambulated your field, and estimate its perimeter to be 219 paces .
  • Way of stepping.
  • # A manner of walking, running or dancing; the rate or style of how someone moves with their feet.
  • #* {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 9 , author=Owen Phillips , title=Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Netherlands, one of the pre-tournament favourites, combined their undoubted guile, creativity, pace and attacking quality with midfield grit and organisation.}}
  • # Any of various gaits of a horse, specifically a 2-beat, lateral gait.
  • Speed or velocity in general.
  • (cricket) A measure of the hardness of a pitch and of the tendency of a cricket ball to maintain its speed after bouncing.
  • The collective noun for donkeys.
  • * 1952 , G. B. Stern, The Donkey Shoe , The Macmillan Company (1952), page 29:
  • but at Broadstairs and other places along the coast, a pace of donkeys stood on the sea-shore expectant (at least, their owners were expectant) of children clamouring to ride.
  • * 2006 , " Drop the dead donkeys", The Economist , 9 November 2006:
  • A pace of donkeys fans out in different directions.
  • * 2007 , Elinor De Wire, The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses , Pineapple Press (2007), ISBN 9781561643905, page 200:
  • Like a small farm, the lighthouse compound had its chattering'' of chicks, ''pace'' of donkeys, ''troop'' of horses, and ''fold of sheep.
    Derived terms
    * pace car * pacemaker * pace setter * pacer


  • (cricket) Describing a bowler who bowls fast balls.
  • Verb

  • Walk to and fro in a small space.
  • * 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter V
  • Groups of men, in all imaginable attitudes, were lying, standing, sitting, or pacing up and down.
  • Set the speed in a race.
  • Measure by walking.
  • Derived terms
    * (set the speed in a race) pacemaker

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) '', “in peace”, ablative form of ''pax , “peace”.


    (English prepositions)
  • (formal) With all due respect to.
  • Usage notes
    Used when expressing a contrary opinion, in formal speech or writing.

    Etymology 3

    Alteration of Pasch.


    (en noun)
  • Easter.
  • Derived terms
    * pace egg