Definitions for: Pace


[n] a step in walking or running
[n] the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
[n] a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
[n] the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
[n] the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
[n] the rate of some repeating event
[v] measure by pacing, as of distances
[v] measure by pacing, as of a room
[v] regulate or set the pace of; "Pace your efforts"
[v] walk with slow or fast paces; "He paced up and down the hall"
[v] go at a pace, as of a horse



Webster (1913) Definition: Pace, n. [OE. pas, F. pas, from L. passus a step, pace,
orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; cf. pandere,
passum, to spread, stretch; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf.
Pas, Pass.]
1. A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a
step.

2. The length of a step in walking or marching, reckoned from
the heel of one foot to the heel of the other; -- used as
a unit in measuring distances; as, he advanced fifty
paces. ``The heigh of sixty pace .'' --Chaucer.

Note: Ordinarily the pace is estimated at two and one half
linear feet; but in measuring distances be stepping,
the pace is extended to three feet (one yard) or to
three and three tenths feet (one fifth of a rod). The
regulation marching pace in the English and United
States armies is thirty inches for quick time, and
thirty-six inches for double time. The Roman pace
(passus) was from the heel of one foot to the heel of
the same foot when it next touched the ground, five
Roman feet.

3. Manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk; as, the walk,
trot, canter, gallop, and amble are paces of the horse; a
swaggering pace; a quick pace. --Chaucer.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in
this petty pace from day to day. --Shak.

In the military schools of riding a variety of paces
are taught. --Walsh.

4. A slow gait; a footpace. [Obs.] --Chucer.

5. Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.

6. Any single movement, step, or procedure. [R.]

The first pace necessary for his majesty to make is
to fall into confidence with Spain. --Sir W.
Temple.

7. (Arch.) A broad step or platform; any part of a floor
slightly raised above the rest, as around an altar, or at
the upper end of a hall.

8. (Weaving) A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the
warp in pacing the web.

Geometrical pace, the space from heel to heel between the
spot where one foot is set down and that where the same
foot is again set down, loosely estimated at five feet, or
by some at four feet and two fifths. See Roman pace in
the Note under def. 2. [Obs.]

To keep, or hold, pace with, to keep up with; to go as
fast as. ``In intellect and attainments he kept pace with
his age.'' --Southey.


Pace, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paced; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pacing.]
1. To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or
measured steps. ``I paced on slowly.'' --Pope. ``With
speed so pace.'' --Shak.

2. To proceed; to pass on. [Obs.]

Or [ere] that I further in this tale pace.
--Chaucer.

3. To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side
together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.

4. To pass away; to die. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Pace, v. t.
1. To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or
upon; as, the guard paces his round. ``Pacing light the
velvet plain.'' --T. Warton.

2. To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of
ground.

3. To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to
teach the pace; to break in.

If you can, pace your wisdom In that good path that
I would wish it go. --Shak

To pace the web (Weaving), to wind up the cloth on the
beam, periodically, as it is woven, in a loom.

Synonyms: footstep, gait, rate, step, stride, stride, tempo, tread, yard

See Also: beat, beats per minute, bpm, canter, celerity, chain, deliberateness, deliberation, determine, double time, fastness, fathom, foot, ft, fthm, gallop, go, indefinite quantity, influence, lea, linear unit, locomote, M.M., measure, measure, measure out, mensurate, metronome marking, mold, move, perch, pole, quantify, quick time, quickness, rack, rapidity, rate, regulate, rod, shape, single-foot, slowness, speed, step, step, swiftness, temporal property, travel, unhurriedness, walk, walk, walking

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