a rate of movement, especially in stepping, walking, etc.:
to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour.
a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo.
any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 inches (75 cm to 1 meter).
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a single step:
She took three paces in the direction of the door.
the distance covered in a step:
Stand six paces inside the gates.
a manner of stepping; gait.
a gait of a horse or other animal in which the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together.
any of the gaits of a horse.
a raised step or platform.
verb (used with object), paced, pacing.
to set the pace for, as in racing.
to traverse or go over with steps:
He paced the floor nervously.
to measure by paces.
to train to a certain pace; exercise in pacing:
to pace a horse.
(of a horse) to run (a distance) at a pace:
Hanover II paced a mile.
verb (used without object), paced, pacing.
to take slow, regular steps.
to walk up and down nervously, as to expend nervous energy.
(of a horse) to go at a pace.
put through one’s paces, to cause someone to demonstrate his or her ability or to show her or his skill:
The French teacher put her pupils through their paces for the visitors.
set the pace, to act as an example for others to equal or rival; be the most progressive or successful:
an agency that sets the pace in advertising.
a measure of length equal to the average length of a stride, approximately 3 feet See also Roman pace, geometric pace, military pace
speed of movement, esp of walking or running
rate or style of proceeding at some activity: to live at a fast pace
manner or action of stepping, walking, etc; gait
any of the manners in which a horse or other quadruped walks or runs, the three principal paces being the walk, trot, and canter (or gallop)
a manner of moving, natural to the camel and sometimes developed in the horse, in which the two legs on the same side of the body are moved and put down at the same time
(architect) a step or small raised platform
keep pace with, to proceed at the same speed as
put someone through his paces, to test the ability of someone
set the pace, to determine the rate at which a group runs or walks or proceeds at some other activity
stand the pace, stay the pace, to keep up with the speed or rate of others
(transitive) to set or determine the pace for, as in a race
often foll by about, up and down, etc. to walk with regular slow or fast paces, as in boredom, agitation, etc: to pace the room
(transitive) often foll by out. to measure by paces: to pace out the distance
(intransitive) to walk with slow regular strides: to pace along the street
(intransitive) (of a horse) to move at the pace (the specially developed gait)
/ˈpɑːkɛ; ˈpɑːtʃɛ; English ˈpeɪsɪ/
with due deference to: used to acknowledge politely someone who disagrees with the speaker or writer
noun acronym (in England and Wales)
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late 13c., “a step in walking; rate of motion,” from Old French pas “a step, pace, trace,” and directly from Latin passus, passum “a step, pace, stride,” noun use of past participle of pandere “to stretch (the leg), spread out,” probably from PIE *pat-no-, from root *pete- “to spread” (cf. Greek petannynai “to spread out,” petalon “a leaf,” patane “plate, dish;” Old Norse faðmr “embrace, bosom,” Old English fæðm “embrace, bosom, fathom,” Old Saxon fathmos “the outstretched arms”). Also, “a measure of five feet” [Johnson]. Pace-setter in fashion is from 1895.
“with the leave of,” 1863, from Latin pace, ablative of pax “peace,” as in pace tua “with all deference to you;” from PIE *pak- “to fasten” (see pax). “Used chiefly as a courteous or ironical apology for a contradiction or difference of opinion” [OED].
1510s, “to walk at a steady rate,” from pace (n.). Meaning “to measure by pacing” is from 1570s. That of “to set the pace for” (another) is from 1886. Related: Paced; pacing.
off the pace
- Pacing catheter
pacing catheter pac·ing catheter (pā’sĭng) n. A cardiac catheter having one or two electrodes at its tip that, when connected to a pulse generator and positioned in the right atrium or ventricle, artificially pace the heart.
Pacini Pa·ci·ni (pə-chē’nē, pä-), Filippo. 1812-1883. Italian anatomist who described the microscopic structure of the lamellated corpuscle.
pacinian pa·cin·i·an (pə-sĭn’ē-ən, -chĭn’-) adj. Relating to or described by Filippo Pacini.
[puh-sin-ee-uh n] /pəˈsɪn i ən/ noun 1. (sometimes lowercase) a microscopic, onionlike body consisting of layers of connective tissue wrapped around a nerve ending, located in the deep layers of skin, tendons, etc., and functioning as a sensory receptor of pressure and vibration. pacinian corpuscle n. See lamellated corpuscle.