a state of NE Brazil: sandy coastal plain, rising to a high plateau. Capital: Fortaleza. Pop: 7 654 535 (2002). Area: 150 630 sq km (58 746 sq miles)
another name for Fortaleza
to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased. Obsolete. to pass away; die out. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling. cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease. […]
- Cease-and-desist order
an order by a government agency to a person or corporation to terminate a business practice found by the agency to be illegal or unfair. Contemporary Examples
a cessation of hostilities; truce. Military. an order issued for a cease-fire. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples n. also ceasefire, “a cessation of shooting,” 1916, from verbal phrase cease fire, 1847 as a military command (formerly also signaled by bugles), from cease (v.) + fire (n.) in the gunnery sense. Generally two words until after mid-20c.
without stop or pause; unending; incessant. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples adjective without stop or pause; incessant adj. 1580s, from cease (n.) + -less. Related: Ceaselessly; ceaselessness.