p) KEY VERB: stopped
, stops VERB: tr.
- To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up: The tea leaves stopped the drain.
- To constrict (an opening or orifice): My nose is stopped up.
- To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example).
- To prevent the flow or passage of: stop supplies from getting through.
- To halt the motion or progress of: stopped me and asked directions.
- To block or deflect (a blow, for example); parry or ward off.
- To be or get in the way of (a bullet or other missile); be killed or wounded by.
- To cause to desist or to change a course of action: stopped us from continuing the argument.
- To prevent or restrain: stopped him from going.
- To discontinue or cease: He stopped his complaining.
- To defeat (an opponent or opposing team).
- To defeat in boxing by a knockout or technical knockout.
- To order a bank to withhold payment of: stopped the check.
- To press down (a string on a stringed instrument) on the fingerboard to produce a desired pitch.
- To close (a hole on a wind instrument) with the finger in sounding a desired pitch.
- To cease moving, progressing, acting, or operating; come to a halt: The clock stopped in the night.
- To put an end to what one is doing; cease: had to stop at an exciting place in the book.
- To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off: stop by at a friend's house; stop in at the office; stop off at the gas station.
- The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped; cessation.
- A finish; an end.
- A stay or visit, as one taken during a trip.
- A place at which someone or something stops: a regular stop on my paper route; a bus stop.
- A device or means that obstructs, blocks, or plugs up.
- An order given to a bank to withhold payment on a check.
- A part in a mechanism that stops or regulates movement.
- The effective aperture of a lens, controlled by a diaphragm.
- A mark of punctuation, especially a period.
- The act of stopping a string or hole on an instrument.
- A fret on a stringed instrument.
- A hole on a wind instrument.
- A device such as a key for closing the hole on a wind instrument.
- A tuned set of pipes, as in an organ.
- A knob, key, or pull that regulates such a set of pipes.
- Nautical A line used for securing something temporarily: a sail stop.
- Linguistics One of a set of speech sounds that is a plosive or a nasal.
- A plosive.
- The depression between the muzzle and top of the skull of an animal, especially a dog.
- Games A stopper.
- Architecture A projecting stone, often carved, at the end of a molding.
PHRASAL VERBS: stop down
- Of, relating to, or being of use at the end of an operation or activity: a stop code.
- To reduce (the aperture) of a lens.
- To withdraw temporarily from college.
Middle English stoppen
, from Old English -stoppian
, probably from Vulgar Latin *stuppre
, to caulk
, from Latin stuppa
, tow, broken flax
, from Greek stuppOTHER FORMS:stoppa·ble(Adjective)SYNONYMS: stop, cease, desist, discontinue, halt1, quit
These verbs mean to bring or come to an end: stop arguing; ceased crying; desist from complaining; discontinued the treatment; halting the convoy; quit laughing. Antonym: start