- 1A single step taken when walking or running: Kirov stepped back a paceMore example sentences
- He always did that when we said goodbye: he'd walk a few paces, turn and wave.
- Consider him: at slow or fast-medium, his approach never varied; two short walking paces, six running strides and a four-foot leap.
- Eetu walked a few paces before stopping and turning to me.
- 1.1A unit of length representing the distance between two successive steps in walking: her eyes could size up a lad’s wallet at fifty pacesMore example sentences
- They broke apart, and Quin glared across the two paces or so of distance between him and his foe, waiting patiently for the next onslaught.
- A lightly armed guard followed her at a distance of nearly ten paces.
- He spied the jaguar disappear into the trees and then Pockets sent the sentry unit a few paces before him as he followed.
- 1.2A gait of a horse or other animal, especially one of the recognized trained gaits of a horse.More example sentences
- Feeling this error, the rider may use his or her legs to cue the horse to round out his back and slow his pace, but the horse assumes the rider still wants to go faster.
- When your horse learns an even pace, he will feel comfortable and confidant when he uses it in a ride and it will become automatic for him and easy for you, too.
- Then came the horses and riders, cantering at a stately pace, clearly restrained by some mysterious hunt etiquette.
- 1.3 [mass noun] • literary A person’s manner of walking or running: I steal with quiet paceMore example sentences
- She moaned some lame excuse to whoever she was talking with and walked with shaken pace towards the quiet parts of the flat.
- Their verse has not the rushing speed that could pace that tempest, it has not the teeming life that would pacify the wood.
- 2 [mass noun] Speed in walking, running, or moving: he’s an aggressive player with plenty of pace [in singular]: the ring road allows traffic to flow at a remarkably fast paceMore example sentences
- Leanne attempted running down the hallway but found she was out of breath easily, so she settled on walking her fastest pace.
- My confidence was returning despite his nonchalance and I sped my pace up to walk beside him.
- You could start off doing eight three-minute runs at a very fast pace, with one minute's brisk walk in between each.
- 2.1The speed or rate at which something happens or develops: the industrial boom gathered pace [in singular]: the story rips along at a cracking paceMore example sentences
- Slow fades and dissolve shots are also used to complement the film's unhurried, unforced pace.
- Because of its unhurried pace, the Adagio is sometimes played at memorial services.
- High-end computers these days consume more and more power, and the power supply industry continues to release new units at a blazing pace.
- 2.2 Cricket The state of a wicket as affecting the speed of the ball: he can cope with the pace of the Australian wicketsMore example sentences
- He operated both round and over the wicket, varied pace and spin and generally looked a genuine spin bowler with an international career beckoning.
- It was in South Africa last March that an unknown named Jimmy Anderson first made an impact, beating good batsmen on good wickets with sheer pace.
- Despite the best efforts of groundsman Kenny Shepherd, the Arnside ground could not produce a wicket with pace.
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- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Walk at a steady speed, especially without a particular destination and as an expression of anxiety or annoyance: we paced up and down in exasperation [with object]: she had been pacing the roomMore example sentences
- Emi asked as she tucked down the bill of the hat and began to pace around the room with an exaggerated boyish walk, her shoulders slumped with her hands in her pockets.
- The elephant confined by a ten foot piece of chain can pace only a distance of ten feet, even after the chain has been removed.
- She fretted pacing the small empty space of the mosaic floor, occasionally looking out of the window at the crowd on the front lawn.
- 1.1 [with object] Measure (a distance) by walking it and counting the number of steps taken: I paced out the dimensions of my new homeMore example sentences
- But dancing even more so, as he confidently and smoothly paced out the measures of the waltz.
- I watched an elderly woman pause halfway up one steep hill, pacing the distance that remained.
- It got paced out pretty well, but I'm definitely still tipsy, if not still drunk.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a trained horse) move in a distinctive lateral gait in which both legs on the same side are lifted together: he will suddenly pace for a few steps, then go back into normal walkMore example sentences
- Altair shouted as he was thrown to the ground with a heavy thud, his horse pacing anxiously beside him.
- He wasn't galloping yet, he was pacing, the gait in between a canter and a gallop, though not many horses can.
- Luckily he had the use of the Royal Pacers; soldiers trained to pace precisely the same distance in each stride.
- 2 [with object and adverbial] Move or develop (something) at a particular rate or speed: the action is paced to the beat of a perky march (as adjective, in combination -paced) our fast-paced daily livesMore example sentences
- New pacing technologies have been developed to treat heart failure, with promising results
- This thing was the fastest moving, highest paced thing I had ever done.
- We mainly use a short-rest, aerobic approach to develop pacing skills.
- 2.1Lead (another runner in a race) in order to establish a competitive speed: McKenna paced us for four milesMore example sentences
- This close margin remained as the two leading boats paced each other through the middle of the race.
- Giacomo Galanda paced Italy with 28 points while Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with 19 points.
- The Slovenians and Poland moved out of the start in the lead and paced each other at the head of the field.
- 2.2 (pace oneself) Do something at a slow and steady rate in order to avoid overexertion: Frank was pacing himself for the long night aheadMore example sentences
- Still, remember to pace yourself to avoid fatigue.
- I probably should have slowed down a little bit, paced myself.
- I know you're supposed to start slow and work up so I am trying to pace myself.
change of pace
- chiefly North American A change from what one is used to: the magenta is a change of pace from traditional redMore example sentences
- I don't often get invited out to speak on contracts, so for me it is a refreshing change of pace.
- Shuffling off to Queens when you were expecting to spend a day in Manhattan is quite a change of pace.
- I was impressed with the way she ran the class: the right mixture of speaking and listening, with changes of pace throughout.
keep pace with
- Move or progress at the same speed or rate as: fees have been raised to keep pace with inflationMore example sentences
- Our raises are not keeping pace with inflation.
- They say the law needs to keep pace with two big changes in the marketplace.
- Lialah followed quickly, keeping pace with the old man, she had not said a word yet she would follow him to the dining hall.
off the pace
- Behind the leader or leading group in a race or contest: Duncan was two seconds off the pace • figurative he was well off the pace when it came to team politicsMore example sentences
- It's these inconsistencies that have left them way off the pace in the championship race.
- That was a creditable nine seconds off the pace of early leader Markko Martin.
- But in the second half they fell off the pace and the South Africans finished with a flourish.
put someone (or something) through their (or its) paces
- Make someone (or something) demonstrate their (or its) abilities: military musicians put would-be bandsmen through their pacesMore example sentences
- At Plymouth she will be put through her paces on her ability to berth and secure to a buoy, along with her storing facilities.
- This is sure to attract a lot of attention both from entrants and spectators who can watch the dogs being led around their enclosure where they will be put through their paces and obedience tests.
- It's not uncommon to see executives and engineers helicopter prototypes down to the trail, where a test driver puts the new vehicle through its paces.
set the pace
- Be the fastest runner in the early part of a race: Nolan set the pace over the cross-country courseMore example sentences
- But it was Van den Hoogenband, the oldest man in the race, who set the pace, pulling a few inches ahead of the Australian as they neared the end of the first 50 metres and touching in 24.44sec.
- The winner set the pace while racing a bit off the rail early, then was moved inside in the final turn.
- In the women's race, first-leg runner Eyerusalem Kuma set the pace for the Ethiopians, who cruised to victory in 2: 11: 54.
- Lead the way in doing something: space movies have set the pace for the development of special effectsMore example sentences
- The group repeats a chorus or claps while a lead singer or drummer sets the pace.
- Hong Kong action movies have been setting the pace for the rest of the world for more than a decade.
- Why should we let a man who has never led a strike in his life set the pace of our dispute?
stand (or stay) the pace
- Be able to keep up with another or others: a sprinter will never stand the pace with a distance manMore example sentences
- We were able to stay the pace, to meet them head-on in the tackle and to carry the ball to them.
- But East had the extra commitment, fire and speed that helped them stay the pace, withstand the pressure and finally run out worthy winners.
- I'm 33, and it's getting more and more difficult for my body to stay the pace.
Middle English: from Old French pas, from Latin passus 'stretch (of the leg)', from pandere 'to stretch'.
- With due respect to (someone or their opinion), used to express polite disagreement or contradiction: narrative history, pace some theorists, is by no means deadMore example sentences
- Legislation development services, pace my learned friend's submissions, clearly can include some forms of advertising.
- And none of these - pace your earlier comments - have gimps, do they?
Latin, literally 'in peace', ablative of pax, as in pace tua 'by your leave'.