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Definition of Stop

Stop

  1. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
  2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage.
  3. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a stream, or a flow of blood.
  4. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain; to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the approaches of old age or infirmity.
  5. To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
  6. To point, as a composition; to punctuate.
  7. To make fast; to stopper.
  8. To cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop.
  9. To cease from any motion, or course of action.
  10. To spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend.
  11. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction.
  12. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction.
  13. A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
  14. The closing of an aperture in the air passage, or pressure of the finger upon the string, of an instrument of music, so as to modify the tone; hence, any contrivance by which the sounds of a musical instrument are regulated.
  15. In the organ, one of the knobs or handles at each side of the organist, by which he can draw on or shut off any register or row of pipes; the register itself; as, the vox humana stop.
  16. A member, plain or molded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts. This takes the place, or answers the purpose, of a rebate. Also, a pin or block to prevent a drawer from sliding too far.
  17. A point or mark in writing or printing intended to distinguish the sentences, parts of a sentence, or clauses; a mark of punctuation. See Punctuation.
  18. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  19. The depression in the face of a dog between the skull and the nasal bones. It is conspicuous in the bulldog, pug, and some other breeds.
  20. Some part of the articulating organs, as the lips, or the tongue and palate, closed (a) so as to cut off the passage of breath or voice through the mouth and the nose (distinguished as a lip-stop, or a front-stop, etc., as in p, t, d, etc.), or (b) so as to obstruct, but not entirely cut off, the passage, as in l, n, etc.; also, any of the consonants so formed.

Stop Quotations

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. - Ingrid Bergman
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Ingrid Bergman

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan

I think you sense the metaphorical resonance of what you're writing without analysing it too carefully. That leads you down dead ends. You stop imagining things and start writing towards these themes.
Joseph O'Neill
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Stop Translations

stop in Afrikaans is ophou, keer, stilhou, stop, gaan staan
stop in Dutch is logeren
stop in Italian is ostruire, alt, fermare, fermarsi, fermata, finire
stop in Latin is desino (desiit), consisto, confuto, consto, desino
stop in Norwegian is stasjon, holdeplass, stoppested
stop in Portuguese is paragem, parar, pare
stop in Spanish is estacionamiento, parada, pare, apeadero, parar

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