Definitions of stop

  1. To cease to go forward; to cease.
  2. To close, as a hole or opening, by filling, covering, etc.; close the opening of; hence, to stanch ( a wound); to hinder, check, or impede; as, sobs stopped her utterance; make impassable; as, to stop a passage; to arrest the progress of; as, to stop a car; to cause to cease; as, to stop a noise; desist from.
  3. To stuff or close up: to obstruct: to render impassable: to hinder: to intercept: to restrain: to apply musical stops to: to regulate the sounds of a stringed instrument by shortening the strings with the fingers.
  4. To obstruct; close up; hinder; check the motion of; restrain.
  5. To bring from motion to rest; cause to cease; bring to anend.
  6. To check beforehand; prevent.
  7. To close; keep back.
  8. To cease; to come to an end; as, the noise stopped; colloquially, to tarry; stay.
  9. To cease going forwards: to cease from any motion or action: to leave off: to be at an end:- pr. p. stopping; pa. t. and pa. p. stopped.
  10. To cease progress or action; to come to, or be at, an end.
  11. put an end to a state or an activity; " Quit teasing your little brother"
  12. 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"
  13. come to a halt, stop moving; " the car stopped"; " She stopped in front of a store window"
  14. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"; " We broke at noon"
  15. seize on its way; " The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  16. To come to rest.
  17. To close by filling or obstructing; to obstruct; to check or arrest; to impede; to repress; to restrain; to intercept; to regulate sounds.
  18. To hinder; to impede or interrupt; to suppress; to render impassable; to close, as an aperture; to regulate the sounds of, as a musical instr., with the fingers; to cease from going forward, or from any course of action; to leave off, as from work.
  19. Stopping.
  20. 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"
  21. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; " the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
  22. the event of something ending; " it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
  23. a spot where something halts or pauses; " his next stop is Atlanta"
  24. prevent completion; " stop the project"; " break off the negociations"
  25. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"
  26. 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"
  27. cause to stop; " stop a car"; " stop the thief"
  28. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
  29. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
  30. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.
  31. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.
  32. To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
  33. To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
  34. To make fast; to stopper.
  35. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
  36. To cease from any motion, or course of action.
  37. To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
  38. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
  39. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
  40. A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
  41. The closing of an aperture in the air passage, or pressure of the finger upon the string, of an instrument of music, so as to modify the tone; hence, any contrivance by which the sounds of a musical instrument are regulated.
  42. In the organ, one of the knobs or handles at each side of the organist, by which he can draw on or shut off any register or row of pipes; the register itself; as, the vox humana stop.
  43. A member, plain or molded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts. This takes the place, or answers the purpose, of a rebate. Also, a pin or block to prevent a drawer from sliding too far.
  44. A point or mark in writing or printing intended to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses; a mark of punctuation. See Punctuation.
  45. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  46. The depression in the face of a dog between the skull and the nasal bones. It is conspicuous in the bulldog, pug, and some other breeds.
  47. Some part of the articulating organs, as the lips, or the tongue and palate, closed ( a) so as to cut off the passage of breath or voice through the mouth and the nose ( distinguished as a lip- stop, or a front- stop, etc., as in p, t, d, etc.), or ( b) so as to obstruct, but not entirely cut off, the passage, as in l, n, etc.; also, any of the consonants so formed.
  48. The act of stopping; state of being stopped; a hindrance or check; a pause or delay; a device for regulating the pitch of a musical instrument; one of a series of organ pipes; mark used in punctuation.
  49. Act of stopping: state of being stopped: hinderance: obstacle: interruption: ( music) one of the vent- holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced: a mark used in punctuation.
  50. Act of stopping; cessation of motion or action; pause; hindrance; interruption; finger hole, or place for the finger on a musical instrument; mark used in punctuation.
  51. The act of stopping; pause.
  52. An obstruction; hindrance.
  53. A contrivance, in musical instruments, for regulating tones.
  54. A punctuation mark.
  55. Cessation of progressive motion; obstruction; repression; interruption; obstacle; a point or mark in writing for regulating the necessary pauses; that by which the sounds of musical instruments are regulated; the act of applying the stops.
  56. Cessation, as of progress, motion, operation, or action; obstruction; hindrance; impediment; obstacle; one of the vent- holes of a musical wind instr., by the opening or closing of which musical sounds may be regulated and modified, as an organ- stop; the place in a stringed instr. pressed on for the production of a musical sound; a point or mark in writing to distinguish a sentence or part of a sentence, and show the pauses in reading.
  57. Stopped.