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pace | steps |

As a proper noun pace

is .

As a noun steps is


As a verb steps is




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





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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps , I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}


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