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stop

Noun

1 the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill" [syn: halt]
2 the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood" [syn: stoppage]
3 a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends" [syn: stopover, layover]
4 the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage]
5 a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"
6 a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated" [syn: stop consonant, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive] [ant: continuant consonant]
7 a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" [syn: period, point, full stop, full point]
8 (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; "the organist pulled out all the stops"
9 a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically" [syn: diaphragm]
10 a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: catch]
11 an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stoppage]

Verb

1 come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window" [syn: halt] [ant: start]
2 put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, cease, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]
3 stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: halt, block, kibosh]
4 interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence" [syn: stop over]
5 cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" [ant: start]
6 prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" [syn: break, break off, discontinue]
7 hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: check, turn back, arrest, contain, hold back]
8 seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace" [syn: intercept]
9 have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
10 render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, block off, block up, bar]
11 stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!" [syn: hold on] [also: stopping, stopped]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From stoppen.

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /stɒp/, /stQp/
  • a US , /stɑp/, /stAp/
  • Rhymes: -ɒp

Adverb

  1. Prone to halting or hesitation.
    He stop-started his car.
    He’s stop still.

Noun

  1. A (usually marked) place where line buses or trams halt to let passengers get on and off.
    They agreed to see each other at the bus stop.
  2. An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
    That stop was not planned.
  3. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  4. In the context of "linguistics": A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  5. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  6. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'.
  7. In the context of "music": A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
    The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  8. In the context of "tennis": A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  9. In the context of "zoology": The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
    The stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.

Synonyms

Translations

place to get on and off line buses or trams
  • Afrikaans: halte
  • Catalan: parada
  • Czech: zastávka
  • Dutch: halte
  • Esperanto: haltejo
  • Finnish: pysäkki, seisake
  • French: arrêt
  • German: Haltestelle, Busstopp
  • Greek: στάση
  • Portuguese: ponto final
  • Polish: przystanek
  • Russian: остановка
  • Slovak: zastávka
  • Spanish: parada
  • Swedish: hållplats
interruption of travel
  • Afrikaans: stop
  • Arabic: وقفة
  • Dutch: stop, pauze
  • Finnish: keskeytys
  • French: arrêt
  • German: Einhalt, Stopp
  • Greek: στάση
  • Russian: остановка
  • Swedish: stopp
device to block path
  • Dutch: stopper
  • German: Stopper
  • Greek: στοπ
  • Russian: ограничитель, останов, стопор
  • Swedish: stopp
consonant sound
punctuation symbol
short for stopper
  • Portuguese: parada, interrupção
music: knob or pin to regulate the flow of air in an organ
  • Russian: клапан
tennis: short shot
zoology: depression in a dog’s face

Verb

  1. : To cease moving.
    I stopped at the traffic lights.
  2. : To come to an end.
    The riots stopped when police moved in.
    Soon the rain will stop.
  3. : To cause (something) to cease moving.
    The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
  4. : To cause (something) to come to an end.
    The referees stopped the fight.
  5. : To close an aperture.
    He stopped the wound with gauze.
  6. : To stay a while.
    He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  7. : To tarry.
    He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.

Usage notes

cease moving
come to an end
cause (something) to cease moving
cause (something) to come to an end
  • Afrikaans: stop
  • Arabic:
  • Bulgarian: прекратявам
  • Dutch: stoppen, beëindigen, afbreken
  • Finnish: pysäyttää, lopettaa
  • French: arrêter
  • German: stoppen, beenden
  • Hebrew: גמר
  • Irish: stad
  • Italian: fermare
  • Russian: прекращать/прекратить (pr'ekraš'át/pr'ekratít)
  • Slovak: prerušiť
  • Swedish: stoppa, avbryta
close an aperture
stay a while
tarry

Anagrams

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /stɔp/|lang=nl
  • /stOp/

Noun

  1. An electric fuse.
  2. An action of stopping.
  3. A plug for a kitchen sink, a stopper.

Verb

stop
  1. first person singular present tense and imperative of stoppen.

Swedish

Noun

stop

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

The word stop has several possible meanings in the English language, but most commonly means to cease moving.
Additionally, stop can refer to:
  • STOP Programme - (An acronym for "Straight Thinking On Probation") - In some jurisdictions, offenders of certain offences, especially sexual offences, are put on a STOP programme to modify their criminal behavior.
  • Stops (Dynamic Range), the amount of contrast between black and white in video, film, and still photography
  • A stop consonant in linguistics (also known as a plosive or occlusive)
  • Aperture, a structure that limits the diameter of a light path in an optical system
  • Stop squark, the supersymmetric partner of the top quark, in particle physics
  • Stop codon in genetic code.
  • Full stop, a punctuation mark known in the U.S. as a "period" and shortened to stop in telegraph messages
  • The point on an animal's head at which the muzzle meets the forehead
  • Blue Screen of Death, an error in Microsoft Windows or Windows-based operating systems
  • Stop, a brand name climbing device made by Petzl

See also

  • Bus stop, trolleybus stop and tram stop, places where the bus or tram stops for people to get on and off
  • Door stop, a wedge to stop a door from closing when you want it open
  • Stop sign, a traffic sign informing drivers to make a temporary stop
  • Terry stop, in U.S. law, a stop-and-frisk law enforcement procedure less intrusive than an arrest, so probable cause is not required
  • Truck stop, an eating establishment on a major trucking route with a large carpark for truck drivers to stop and refresh themselves, and often with other amenities available
  • Stop light, a group of lights: red, amber or green
  • Hammertime
  • A font designed by Aldo Novarese
  • Collaborate and Listen
stop in German: Stopp
stop in Spanish: Stop
stop in French: Stop
stop in Italian: Stop
stop in Dutch: Stop
stop in Polish: Stop
stop in Portuguese: Stop

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English horn, abandon, abjure, abort, afterthought, allophone, alveolar, anchorage, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, arrest, arrestation, articulation, aspiration, assimilation, awe, baffle, ban, bar, barricade, barrier, bassoon, bearing rein, beat off, belay, bell, bilabial, bind, bit, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, block flute, block up, blockade, blockage, blocking, bombard, bottleneck, boundary, bourdon, bourn, box, brake, break, break of, break off, break the habit, bring to, bring up, bring up short, bung, bureaucratic delay, cacuminal, caesura, call on, call upon, calm, calm down, cancel, caulk, cease, cease fire, cecum, cello, cerebral, cessation, chain, check, check valve, checkmate, checkrein, chink, chock, choke, choke off, choke up, choking, choking off, claribel, clarinet, clarion, clog, clog up, close, close off, close up, closing, closing up, cock, colon, come off, come up short, comma, concert flute, conclude, conclusion, confine, congest, congestion, consonant, constipate, constipation, continuant, cork, corner, cornet, cornopean, costiveness, counter, countercheck, cover, cromorna, cul-de-sac, curb, curb bit, cure, cushion, cut it out, cut off, cut out, cut short, cutoff, cymbel, dam, dam up, damp, dampen, damper, daunt, dead end, dead set, dead stand, dead stop, dead-end street, deaden, deadlock, deafen, debarment, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, dental, depot, desist, desist from, desistance, destination, detain, detention, deter, determent, determine, deterrence, diacritical mark, diapason, die down, diphthong, disaccustom, discontinuance, discontinue, discourage, discouragement, dishearten, dissimilation, disuse, doorstop, double take, drag, drag sail, dragging, draw rein, draw up, drift anchor, drift sail, drive back, drogue, drop, drop in, drop it, dulciana, dull, dwindle, dying down, ebb, ebbing, embolism, embolus, end, end stop, endgame, ending, epenthetic vowel, estoppel, explosive, extremity, faucet, faze, fence, fend, fend off, fetch up, fetter, fill, fill up, final whistle, finish, finish up, flute stop, forbiddance, foreclosure, forestalling, forswear, foul, foundation stop, fourniture, freeze, full stop, gamba, gedeckt, gemshorn, give over, give up, glide, glottal, glottalization, goal, gorge, grinding halt, gun, guttural, halt, hang fire, hang-up, harbor, harmonic flute, have done with, haven, hinder, hindrance, hold, hold at bay, hold back, hold off, hold up, holdback, holdup, hole, hybrid stop, impasse, impede, impediment, infarct, infarction, interim, interrupt, jam, jam up, juncture, keep at bay, keep back, keep off, kick, knock it off, koppel flute, labial, labialization, labiodental, labiovelar, lag, lagging, larigot, laryngeal, last stop, lateral, lay off, lay over, layover, leave off, let go, lid, lingual, liquid, lock, lockout, lodge, logjam, look in, lull, make late, manner of articulation, martingale, melodia, mixture, modification, molder, monophthong, moratorium, morphophoneme, muffle, mutation stop, mute, nasal, nazard, nol-pros, not pursue with, oboe, obstacle, obstipate, obstipation, obstruct, obstruction, obviation, occlusive, octave, organ stop, overawe, pacify, pack, pack in, palatal, paperasserie, parasitic vowel, parry, pause, pay a visit, peak, peg, pelham, period, perorate, peter out, pharyngeal, pharyngealization, phone, phoneme, piccolo, pin, plein jeu, plosive, plug, plug up, point, port, posaune, preclusion, prevent, prevention, principal, prohibition, prothetic vowel, pull up, punctuation, punctuation marks, push back, put back, put behind one, put paid to, put up, quiesce, quiet, quieten, quint, quintaten, quit, rank, ranket, rebuff, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, reed stop, reference, reference mark, refrain, refrain from, register, relinquish, remora, renounce, repel, reprieve, repulse, resign, resolve, respite, rest, restrain, retard, retardance, retardation, retroflex, roadblock, rohr flute, run in, scotch, scrap, scratch, scrub, sea anchor, sea cock, sealing off, see, segmental phoneme, semicolon, semivowel, sesquialtera, shackle, shake, shawm, sit-down strike, slacken, slow, slow down, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, snaffle, soft-pedal, soften, sojourn, sojournment, sonant, sonority, soothe, speech sound, spigot, spike, spile, spill, spitz flute, spoke, stage, stalemate, stall, stanch, stand, standoff, standstill, station, staunch, stave off, stay, stay of execution, stay over, stayover, stem, stem the tide, stench, stick, stillstand, stop by, stop cold, stop dead, stop off, stop over, stop short, stop up, stop-off, stopgap, stopover, stoppage, stopped diapason, stopped flute, stopper, stopping, stopping place, stopple, strangulation, strike, string diapason, string stop, stuff, stuff up, stymie, subdue, subside, subsidence, suppress, surd, suspension, swear off, syllabic nucleus, syllabic peak, syllable, take a break, take the pledge, tap, tarry, terminal, terminal point, terminate, termination, terminus, throw off, thwart, tie-up, tierce, time lag, tittle, tone down, trammel, tranquilize, transition sound, tremolo, triphthong, trombone, trumpet, turn aside, twelfth, unda maris, valve, velar, vibrato, viola, visit, vocable, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced sound, voiceless sound, voicing, voix celeste, vowel, vox angelica, vox humana, wait, waive, walkout, wall, wane, waning, ward off, wean, wind up, work stoppage
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