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1 the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill" [syn: halt]
2 the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood" [syn: stoppage]
3 a brief stay in the course of a journey; "they made a stopover to visit their friends" [syn: stopover, layover]
4 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stoppage]
5 a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"
6 a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated" [syn: stop consonant, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive] [ant: continuant consonant]
7 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" [syn: period, point, full stop, full point]
8 (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"
9 a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically" [syn: diaphragm]
10 a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: catch]
11 an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stoppage]


1 come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window" [syn: halt] [ant: start]
2 put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, cease, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]
3 stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: halt, block, kibosh]
4 interrupt a trip; "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence" [syn: stop over]
5 cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief" [ant: start]
6 prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" [syn: break, break off, discontinue]
7 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" [syn: check, turn back, arrest, contain, hold back]
8 seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace" [syn: intercept]
9 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" [syn: end, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
10 render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, block off, block up, bar]
11 stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!" [syn: hold on] [also: stopping, stopped]stopping


1 fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members [syn: fillet]
2 the kind of playing that involves pressing the fingers on the strings of a stringed instrument to control the pitch; "the violinist's stopping was excellent"stopping See stop

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  1. present participle of stop
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