Definitions of stop

  1. 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"
  2. a restraint that checks the motion of something; " he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  3. put an end to a state or an activity; " Quit teasing your little brother"
  4. 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"
  5. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; " the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
  6. the event of something ending; " it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
  7. come to a halt, stop moving; " the car stopped"; " She stopped in front of a store window"
  8. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"; " We broke at noon"
  9. seize on its way; " The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  10. a brief stay in the course of a journey; " they made a stopover to visit their friends"
  11. interrupt a trip; " we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; " they stopped for three days in Florence"
  12. a spot where something halts or pauses; " his next stop is Atlanta"
  13. prevent completion; " stop the project"; " break off the negociations"
  14. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"
  15. 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"
  16. cause to stop; " stop a car"; " stop the thief"
  17. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
  18. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
  23. To make fast; to stopper.
  24. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
  25. To cease from any motion, or course of action.
  26. To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
  27. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
  28. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. To cease; to come to an end; as, the noise stopped; colloquially, to tarry; stay.
  39. 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.
  40. Stopped.
  41. Stopping.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. To cease progress or action; to come to, or be at, an end.
  47. To obstruct; close up; hinder; check the motion of; restrain.
  48. To bring from motion to rest; cause to cease; bring to anend.
  49. To check beforehand; prevent.
  50. To close; keep back.
  51. To come to rest.
  52. The act of stopping; pause.
  53. An obstruction; hindrance.
  54. A contrivance, in musical instruments, for regulating tones.
  55. A punctuation mark.
  56. 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.
  57. To close by filling or obstructing; to obstruct; to check or arrest; to impede; to repress; to restrain; to intercept; to regulate sounds.
  58. To cease to go forward; to cease.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.

Usage examples for stop

  1. " Maybe he does," agreed Bunny, as he saw that the pony was not going to stop. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  2. But I do know that for you he would not stop at anything. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  3. I want it all to stop here- I mean my part of it. – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. But you don't know where to stop. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  5. Why, then, not stop? – Cinq Mars, Complete by Alfred de Vigny Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  6. If she should stop, there would be nothing for either of us." – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  7. " Let's stop and give the ponies a rest," suggested Janet. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  8. Where is all this to stop? – Canadian Eclipse Party 1869 by Commander E. D. Ashe
  9. Do not stop her! – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  10. A word from you may stop him. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  11. " And how are we to stop, or help it? – We Girls: A Home Story by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  12. If she had wanted to leave me there was nothing to stop her. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  13. If we stop them ... – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  14. I went away- stop and think a moment how very little you know of me- and you made a romance about me. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  15. Why did you stop us? – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  16. No can stop at all. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  17. Stop, stop, young man. – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  18. " Then the world had better stop. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  19. Stop: if it is anyone for me ... – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  20. But we cannot stop there. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various