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Stop

Stop appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Mac spots tip at a pit-stop scam.
  • Stop! Murder us not tonsured rumpots!
  • Stop, Syrian, I see bees in airy spots.
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Usage statistics for the verb stop:

spoken English57.59%written English42.41% conversational speech63.11%task-oriented speech36.89% imaginative writing78.29%informational writing21.71%
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Stop is sometimes a misspelling of spot or stopped.

The word stop is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stop

What does stop mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stops

  1. the event of something ending
  2. the act of stopping something
  3. a brief stay in the course of a journey
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of stop: layover / stopover
    • more generic word: stay = continuing or remaining in a place or state
    • more specific terms:
      • night-stop = a break in a journey for the night
      • pit stop = a brief stop at a pit during an automobile race to take on fuel or service the car
      • pit stop = a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment
      • stand = a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
  4. the state of inactivity following an interruption
  5. a spot where something halts or pauses
    • example: his next stop is Atlanta
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic terms: place / spot / topographic point = a point located with respect to surface features of some region
    • more specific terms:
      • bus stop = a place on a bus route where buses stop to discharge and take on passengers
      • checkpoint = a place (as at a frontier) where travellers are stopped for inspection and clearance
      • loading area / loading zone = a stop where carriers can be loaded and unloaded
      • way station / stopover = a stopping place on a journey
  6. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
  7. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
    • example: in England they call a period a stop
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of stop: full point / full stop / period / point
    • more generic terms: punctuation / punctuation mark = the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
    • more specific term: suspension point = one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
  8. (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes
    • example: the organist pulled out all the stops
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: knob = a round handle
    • part of: organ / pipe organ = wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
  9. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of stop: diaphragm
    • more generic term: mechanical device = mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
    • more specific terms: iris diaphragm / iris = diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening
    • part of: camera / photographic camera = equipment for taking photographs
  10. a restraint that checks the motion of something
    • example: he used a book as a stop to hold the door open
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of stop: catch
    • more generic words: constraint / restraint = a device that retards something's motion
    • more specific terms:
      • bench hook = any of various stops on a workbench against which work can be pushed
      • doorstopper / doorstop = a stop that keeps open doors from moving
      • detent / click / pawl / dog = a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
      • tripper / trip = a catch mechanism that acts as a switch
  11. an obstruction in a pipe or tube

Alternative definition of the noun stop

noun

  1. A (usually marked) place where line buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off.
  2. An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
  3. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  4. [linguistics] A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  5. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  6. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'.
  7. A function that halts playback or recording in devices such as videocassette and DVD player.
  8. [by extension] A button that activates the stop function.
  9. [music] A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
  10. [tennis] A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  11. [zoology] The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
  12. [photography] An f-stop.

Specialised definition of the noun stop

Glossary of sports

the temporary stopping of a competition due to injury, weather, technical faults, spectator violence, etc.; the time lost as a result of the interruption is usually added on after the regular playing time has been completed. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

time-out (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

in the artistic sport disciplines (e.g. gymnastics), a solution of a motor task that is not harmonic (e.g. an intermediate swinging movement between two exercises), which is regarded as a fault and a low-quality presentation (consequence: point deduction). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

the act, by a goaltender, in stopping a shot on goal

Definition of the adverb stop

What does stop mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?

adverb

  1. Prone to halting or hesitation.

Definition of the verb stop

What does stop mean as a doing word?

Stop is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: stopped, stopping

  1. come to a halt, stop moving
    • examples: They stop the animals | These cars won't stop
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John ended the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I ended the party with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]He stopped going to the area
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm ended
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adverb]The party stopped easily
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party ended with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): cease, end, finish.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of stop: halt
    • antonym of stop: start
    • more specific terms:
      • go off = stop running, functioning, or operating
      • pull up short = stop abruptly
      • check = stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
      • check = stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
      • check = abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
      • rein in / rein = stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
      • stall / conk = come to a stop
      • stall = experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
      • draw up / haul up / pull up = come to a halt after driving somewhere
      • brake = stop travelling by applying a brake
      • settle = come to rest
  2. put an end to a state or an activity
  3. stop from happening or developing
    • example: They stop him from writing the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]The rules forbid smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with preposition and -ing]The rules forbid us from smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]The rules forbid our smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The rules forbid it

      Forbid Verbs (with the same syntax): ban, bar, block, deter, discourage, dissuade, forbid, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, obstruct, preclude, prevent, prohibit, restrain.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of stop: block / halt / kibosh
    • more generic words: forbid / foreclose / forestall / preclude / prevent = keep from happening or arising
    • more specific words:
      • embargo = prevent commerce
      • stay = stop a judicial process
  4. interrupt a trip
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Location, locative adverb]We camped thereLodge Verbs: bivouac, board, camp, dwell, guest, live, lodge, overnight, quarter, reside, room, settle, shack up, shelter, sleep over, squat, stay, stay over
      [Theme - being] [Verb] at / in / with [Location]Cornelia lodged at Mrs. Parker's | Cornelia lodged with the Stevensons
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John ended the partyAspectual Verbs: cease, end, finish
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I ended the party with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]He stopped going to the area
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm ended
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adverb]The party stopped easily
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party ended with a bang
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of stop: stop over
    • more generic terms: break up / cut off / disrupt / interrupt = make a break in
    • more specific terms:
  5. cause to stop
    • examples: stop a car | stop the thief
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • antonym: start
    • more specific terms:
      • check = arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
      • rein in / rein = stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
      • arrest / halt / hold = cause to stop
      • bring up = cause to come to a sudden stop
      • cut = stop filming
      • flag down = signal to stop
      • stall = cause an engine to stop
      • stall = cause an airplane to go into a stall
      • draw up / pull up = cause (a vehicle) to stop
      • brake = cause to stop by applying the brakes
    • cause: halt
  6. prevent completion
  7. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
  8. seize on its way
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of stop: intercept
    • more generic terms: catch / grab / take hold of = take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
    • more specific terms: cut off / cut out = cut off and stop
  9. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  10. render unsuitable for passage
  11. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of stop: hold on
    • more generic words: break / interrupt = terminate

Specialised definition of the verb stop

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

to stop a shot on goal

Films

  1. "Stop" is a 2001 short film written by Anthony Mullins and Kier Shorey and directed by Anthony Mullins.
  2. "Stop" a.k.a. "Stop!" is a 2003 short/comedy/drama film written and directed by Mathijs Geijskes.
  3. "Stop" is a 2008 short film directed by Park Jae-Ok.
  4. "Stop" is a 1999 short film written by Gilles Taurand, Rodolphe Marconi and directed by Rodolphe Marconi.
  5. "Stop": The remains of a pair of shorts, barely hiding an extraordinary cock, mean the tremendous guy wearing them doesn't stay at the roadside trying to thumb lifts for long! A young motorcyclist shows him a bit of off-road action.Cadinot attacks the question of thumbing a lift with his usual humour.

Phrases with Stop

Phrases starting with the word Stop:

  1. stop up
  2. stop off
  3. Stop-Gap
  4. Stop-Tap
  5. stop bath
  6. stop dead

Phrases ending with the word Stop:

  1. f-stop
  2. bus stop
  3. One-Stop
  4. pit stop
  5. Band-Stop
  6. flag stop
  7. flue stop
  8. full stop
  9. Full-Stop
  10. Hard Stop
  11. Long Stop
  12. Mail Stop
  13. reed stop
  14. rest stop

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stop

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Google previewOrder-Fulfillment and Across-the-Dock Concepts, Design, and Operations Handbook (2003)

by David E. Mulcahy, John Dieltz

The end stop is a device that halts trolley travel on a main or branch travel path. The other trolleys on the travel path queue against the stopped trolley. The adjustable trolley stop is a hardened metal plate that extends downward; its end ...

Google previewThe BIG North Dakota Reproducible Activity Book (2011)

by Carole Marsh

Your next stop is the Cannonball Stage Station State Historic Site ...

Google previewThe Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing (2010)

by Philip Maffetone

The first stop is the produce section. Choose a variety of fresh greens, vegetables , fruits, and avoid starchy potatoes and corn. Once again, look for organic produce, especially if you are buying apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported ...

Google previewLonging for the Bomb (2015)

Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia by Lindsey A. Freeman

Our first stop is the new y-12 History Center, which was created, according to our tour guide, to “improve the lab's ability to communicate with the community.” Here we watch a propagandistic video and are able for a few minutes to walk around ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Technical Analysis (2000)

by Joel G. Siegel

Stop/Loss Points Success in trading in futures depends on controlling losses. The exact stop-loss point should be calculated before beginning a trade. One basic principle: The position should be sold out before or right at the instance at which ...

Google previewDictionary of Natural Healing (2014)

by Deborah R. Mitchell

Your First Stop for Facts on Complementary Medicine Deborah R. Mitchell. 260 hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilities in the United States. Hypericum ( hiPERihcum) (Hypericum perforatum) is the traditional nameforthe homeopathic remedy ...

Google previewPlumbing Illustrated Dictionary (2007)

by John Thompson

A stop valve is provided by the water supplier at the boundary to the property; with new properties a meter will be sited below ground with the supplier's stop valve. The pipe then runs below ground and into the customer's property through a ...

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Usage statistics about stop

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb stop:

spoken English57.59%written English42.41% conversational speech63.11%task-oriented speech36.89% imaginative writing78.29%informational writing21.71%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stop:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stop:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb stop and its most common antonym:

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Quotes about Stop

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die. (Lillian Smith)
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Scrabble value of S1T1O1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of STOP

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Semordnilap

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