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Definition of "stop" []

  • To close (an opening or hole) by covering, filling in, or plugging up: The tea leaves stopped the drain. (verb-transitive)
  • To constrict (an opening or orifice): My nose is stopped up. (verb-transitive)
  • To obstruct or block passage on (a road, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To prevent the flow or passage of: stop supplies from getting through. (verb-transitive)
  • To halt the motion or progress of: stopped me and asked directions. (verb-transitive)
  • To cease from doing or being (something); discontinue (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause (something moving) to halt or (of something moving) to come to a halt (verb)
  • To prevent the continuance or completion of (verb)
  • To prevent or restrain (verb)
  • To keep back (verb)
  • To intercept or hinder in transit (verb)
  • To block or plug, esp so as to close (verb)
  • To fill a hole or opening in (verb)
  • To staunch or stem (verb)
  • To instruct a bank not to honour (a cheque) (verb)
  • To deduct (money) from pay (verb)
  • To provide with punctuation (verb)
  • To beat (an opponent) either by a knockout or a technical knockout (verb)
  • To receive (a blow, hit, etc) (verb)
  • To stay or rest (verb)
  • To defeat, beat, or kill (verb)
  • To alter the vibrating length of (a string on a violin, guitar, etc) by pressing down on it at some point with the finger (verb)
  • To alter the vibrating length of an air column in a wind instrument by closing (a finger hole, etc) (verb)
  • To produce (a note) in this manner (verb)
  • To place a hand inside (the bell of a French horn) to alter the tone colour and pitch or play (a note) on a French horn in such a manner (verb)
  • To have a protecting card or winner in (a suit in which one's opponents are strong) (verb)
  • An arrest of movement or progress (noun)
  • The act of stopping or the state of being stopped (noun)
  • A place where something halts or pauses (noun)
  • A stay in or as if in the course of a journey (noun)
  • The act or an instance of blocking or obstructing (noun)
  • A plug or stopper (noun)
  • A block, screw, or other device or object that prevents, limits, or terminates the motion of a mechanism or moving part (noun)
  • A punctuation mark, esp a full stop (noun)
  • A counterthrust made without a parry in the hope that one's blade will touch before one's opponent's blade (noun)
  • The act of stopping the string, finger hole, etc, of an instrument (noun)
  • A set of organ pipes or harpsichord strings that may be allowed to sound as a group by muffling or silencing all other such sets (noun)
  • A knob, lever, or handle on an organ, etc, that is operated to allow sets of pipes to sound (noun)
  • An analogous device on a harpsichord or other instrument with variable registers, such as an electrophonic instrument (noun)
  • A stud on a football boot (noun)
  • The angle between the forehead and muzzle of a dog or cat, regarded as a point in breeding (noun)
  • A short length of line or small stuff used as a tie, esp for a furled sail (noun)
  • Any of a class of consonants articulated by first making a complete closure at some point of the vocal tract and then releasing it abruptly with audible plosion. Stops include the labials (p, b), the alveolars or dentals (t, d), the velars (k, g) (noun)
  • A setting of the aperture of a camera lens, calibrated to the corresponding f-number (noun)
  • A block or carving used to complete the end of a moulding (noun)
  • A protecting card or winner in a suit in which one's opponents are strong (noun)

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Use "stop" in a sentence
  • "And oh yeah..stop eating food from the drive thru and for God sake stop feeding it to your children. and please don't give them candy for snack time at school."
  • "The first thing then to be done to put a stop to this frightful waste of human life every year is to _stop the circulation of the bacillus from one person to another_."
  • "Kentucky should at one grand coup _stop spring shooting and all sale of wild game, accord long close seasons to all species that are verging on extinction, protect doves, establish moderate bag limits and stop the use of machine guns_."