Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a step in walking or running
  2. (noun, attribute) the relative speed of progress or change
    he works at a great rate
    the pace of events accelerated
  3. (noun, quantity) a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
  4. (noun, quantity) the distance covered by a step
  5. (noun, time) the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
  6. (noun, time) the rate of some repeating event
  7. (verb, change) measure (distances) by pacing
  8. (verb, cognition) regulate or set the pace of
  9. (verb, motion) walk with slow or fast paces
  10. (verb, motion) go at a pace

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Pace

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

Origin of the word Pace

  1. "a step," late 13c., from O.Fr. pas, from L. passus "a step," lit. pp. of pandere "to stretch (the leg), spread out," from PIE *pat-no-, from base *pete- "to spread" (cf. Gk. petalon "a leaf," O.E. f??m "embrace, bosom, fathom"). The verb is first attested 1510s, from the noun. Also, "a measure of five feet" [Johnson]. Pace-se… more
  2. "with the leave of," 1863, from L. pace, abl. of pax "peace," as in pace tua "with all deference to you;" from PIE *pak- "to fasten" (see pax). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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