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. stop from happening or developing; " Block his election"; " Halt the process"
  3. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; " we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
  4. a restraint that checks the motion of something; " he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  5. put an end to a state or an activity; " Quit teasing your little brother"
  6. 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"
  7. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; " the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
  8. 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"
  9. the event of something ending; " it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"
  10. come to a halt, stop moving; " the car stopped"; " She stopped in front of a store window"
  11. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"; " We broke at noon"
  12. seize on its way; " The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  13. a consonant produced by stopping air at some point and suddenly releasing it; " his stop consonants are too aspirated"
  14. a brief stay in the course of a journey; " they made a stopover to visit their friends"
  15. the act of stopping something; " the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; " his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
  16. ( 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"
  17. interrupt a trip; " we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; " they stopped for three days in Florence"
  18. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; " his stop consonants are too aspirated"
  19. a spot where something halts or pauses; " his next stop is Atlanta"
  20. prevent completion; " stop the project"; " break off the negociations"
  21. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; " Hold on a moment!"
  22. 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"
  23. cause to stop; " stop a car"; " stop the thief"
  24. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
  25. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
  26. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
  31. To make fast; to stopper.
  32. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
  33. To cease from any motion, or course of action.
  34. To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
  35. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
  36. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. To cease; to come to an end; as, the noise stopped; colloquially, to tarry; stay.
  47. 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.
  48. Stopped.
  49. Stopping.
  50. In dentistry, to fill a tooth- cavity.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. To cease progress or action; to come to, or be at, an end.
  56. To obstruct; close up; hinder; check the motion of; restrain.
  57. To bring from motion to rest; cause to cease; bring to anend.
  58. To check beforehand; prevent.
  59. To close; keep back.
  60. To come to rest.
  61. To cease; discontinue.
  62. The act of stopping; pause.
  63. An obstruction; hindrance.
  64. A contrivance, in musical instruments, for regulating tones.
  65. A punctuation mark.
  66. 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.
  67. To close by filling or obstructing; to obstruct; to check or arrest; to impede; to repress; to restrain; to intercept; to regulate sounds.
  68. To cease to go forward; to cease.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.

Antonyms for stop

come, exordium, drop, go along, lead off, forfeit, begin, kick off, morning, boost, beginning, set up, go off, onset, initiate, accelerate, breathe, bulge, catbird seat, materialize, genesis, assistance, progression, stir, preamble, establish, reject, unblock, compel, prelude, embark, bear on, move, keep up, nascency, pull, jump, touch off, actuate, uphold, incipience, impetus, preface, inaugurate, inside track, get along, resume, stimulus, advancement, innovate, threshold, shifting, get on, journey, spur, proceed, commence, kickoff, hasten, benefit, alpha, be, inception, bide, carry on, goad, whip hand, actualize, preserve, stimulant, attainment, intro, persist, migrate, weather, persistence, engender, pace, endure, set off, survive, continuation, authorize, appear, renew, vantage, continuant, empower, get off, abide, continuance, subsist, shift, aid, catalyst, reopen, introduction, pick up, resist, outset, fast track, prolusion, originate, activate, charter, set in, extension, Forfend, start up, break, quicken, get-go, found, start, remain, Proem, depart, shun, incipiency, prologue, launch, abandon, enable, accredit, prolongation, unplug, movement, go, handmaiden, exist, Perdure, day one, constitute, help, arise, continue, nascence, incentive, prevail, get going, certify, trigger, Unstop, come along, motion, introduce, unclog, avoid, restart, commencement, continuant consonant, edge, advantage, invest, baseline, dawn, upper hand, vest, qualify, progress, stead, proficiency, foreword.

Quotes of stop

  1. I'm not saying we need to stop immigration at all; people can come from wherever. – Jeb Bradley
  2. In this business, my business, I get to meet all kinds of incredible people, fascinating people, glamorous people and sexy people and highly intellectual people. And you meet them and you go 'interesting, interesting, interesting'. They're interesting, but not very many people stop you in your tracks. – Madonna Ciccone
  3. There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working. – Robert Half
  4. We wanted to offer something new to our audience. I hate it when bands stop taking chances. – Kirk Hammett
  5. And if you stop and think about it you won't believe it's true: That all the love you've been giving has all been meant for you. – Justin Hayward
  6. Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. – Michael Jordan
  7. If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning, one must stop the process before it starts. – Leon Kass
  8. Directors who turn into big babies and shut out criticism stop learning. – Richard King
  9. The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give them some certainty. Let's extend the tax- the existing tax cuts. And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence. – John McCain
  10. Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago. – Colman McCarthy
  11. One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. – Malcolm Muggeridge
  12. Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking. – Ernest Renan
  13. I've been on the road for fifteen years and I had no intent to stop – Bon Scott
  14. It has no enforceable standards to stop a union from conspiring with employers to keep another stronger union out or from negotiating contracts with lower pay and standards that members of another union have spent a lifetime establishing. – Andy Stern
  15. I love the art of acting, and I love film, because you always have anther chance if you want it. You know, if we- if this isn't going well, you can't say- well, you could say- let's stop Let's start over again, Gene, because you were too nervous. – Gene Wilder

Usage examples for stop

  1. But I do know that for you he would not stop at anything. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  2. " Then the world had better stop – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  3. I want it all to stop here- I mean my part of it. – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. But we cannot stop there. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. 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
  6. A word from you may stop him. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  7. Do not stop her! – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  8. Where is all this to stop – Canadian Eclipse Party 1869 by Commander E. D. Ashe
  9. If she should stop there would be nothing for either of us." – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  10. Why, then, not stop – Cinq Mars, Complete by Alfred de Vigny Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  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. Stop stop young man. – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  14. Stop if it is anyone for me ... – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. But you don't know where to stop – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. Why did you stop us? – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  17. " Let's stop and give the ponies a rest," suggested Janet. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  18. No can stop at all. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  19. If we stop them ... – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. " 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

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