Definitions for stopstɒp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stop*stɒp(v.; n.)stopped, stop•ping

  1. (v.t.)to cease from or discontinue:

    to stop running.

  2. to cause to cease:

    to stop crime.

  3. to interrupt or check.

  4. to cut off, intercept, or withhold:

    to stop supplies.

  5. to restrain or prevent:

    I couldn't stop him from going.

  6. to prevent from proceeding, acting, or operating:

    to stop a car.

  7. to block or close off (often fol. by up):

    to stop up a sink.

  8. to fill holes in (a wall, a decayed tooth, etc.).

  9. to close (a container, tube, etc.) with a cork, plug, or the like.

  10. to close the external orifice of (the ears, nose, mouth, etc.).

  11. to check (a stroke, blow, etc.); parry; ward off.

    Category: Sport

  12. to defeat (an opposing player or team). to defeat in a boxing match by a knockout or technical knockout.

  13. to notify a bank to refuse payment of (a check) upon presentation.

    Category: Business

  14. (in bridge) to have an honor card and a sufficient number of protecting cards to keep an opponent from continuing to win in (a suit).

    Category: Games

  15. to close (a fingerhole) in order to produce a particular note from a wind instrument. to press down (a string of a violin, viola, etc.) in order to alter the pitch of the tone produced. to produce (a particular note) by so doing.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. (v.i.)to come to a stand, as in a course or journey; halt.

  17. to cease moving, proceeding, operating, etc.; pause or desist.

  18. to cease; come to an end.

  19. to halt for a stay or visit:

    They're stopping at a nice hotel.

  20. stop by or in,to make a brief visit.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. stop down,(on a camera) to reduce (the diaphragm opening of a lens).

    Category: Photography, Verb Phrase

  22. stop off,to halt for a brief stay at some point on the way elsewhere.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. stop out, to withdraw temporarily from school. to mask (areas of an etching plate, photographic negative, etc.) to prevent their being etched, printed, etc.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. stop over, to stop briefly, as overnight, in the course of a journey. to make a brief visit.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  25. (n.)the act of stopping.

  26. a cessation or arrest of movement, activity, or operation; end:

    Put a stop to that!

  27. a stay made at a place, as in the course of a journey.

  28. a place where trains or other vehicles halt to take on and discharge passengers:

    a bus stop.

    Category: Transportation

  29. a closing or filling up, as of a hole.

  30. a blocking or obstructing, as of a passage or channel.

  31. a plug or other stopper for an opening.

  32. an obstacle, impediment, or hindrance.

  33. a piece or device that serves to check or control movement or action in a mechanism.

  34. an order to refuse payment of a check.

    Category: Business

    Ref: stop order.

  35. the act of closing a fingerhole or pressing a string of an instrument in order to produce a particular note. a device, as on an instrument, for accomplishing this. a graduated set of organ pipes of the same kind giving tones of the same quality. a knob or handle that controls the sounding of such a set of pipes. a set of jacks on a harpsichord or reeds in a reed organ functioning like a pipe-organ stop.

    Category: Music and Dance

  36. a piece of small line used to lash or fasten something, as a furled sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  37. a consonant sound made with complete closure at some part of the vocal tract, usu. followed by sudden release of the interrupted air, as in the sounds (p, b, t, d, k, g).

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: Compare continuant. 1

  38. the diaphragm opening of a camera lens, esp. as indicated by an f-number.

    Category: Photography

  39. any of various marks used as punctuation at the end of a sentence, esp. a period.

  40. the word “stop” printed in the body of a telegram or cablegram to indicate a period.

  41. a depression in the face of certain animals, esp. dogs, marking the division between the forehead and the projecting part of the muzzle.

    Category: Zoology

Idioms for stop:

  1. pull out all the stops, to use every means available, as to accomplish something.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: stop , arrest , check , halt imply causing a cessation of movement or progress (literal or figurative). stop is the general term for the idea: to stop a clock.arrest usu. refers to stopping by imposing a sudden and complete restraint: to arrest development.check implies bringing about an abrupt, partial, or temporary stop: to check a trotting horse. To halt means to make a temporary stop, esp. one resulting from a command: to halt a company of soldiers.

Origin of stop:

bef. 1000; ME stoppen (v.), OE -stoppian (in forstoppian to stop up) 蠐 VL *stuppāre to plug with oakum, der. of L stuppa coarse hemp < Gk stýppē


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stop, halt(noun)

    the event of something ending

    "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"

  2. stop, stoppage(noun)

    the act of stopping something

    "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"

  3. stop, stopover, layover(noun)

    a brief stay in the course of a journey

    "they made a stopover to visit their friends"

  4. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage(noun)

    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"

  5. stop(noun)

    a spot where something halts or pauses

    "his next stop is Atlanta"

  6. stop consonant, stop, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive(noun)

    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it

    "his stop consonants are too aspirated"

  7. period, point, full stop, stop, full point(noun)

    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"

  8. stop(noun)

    (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. diaphragm, stop(noun)

    a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens

    "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"

  10. catch, stop(noun)

    a restraint that checks the motion of something

    "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

  11. blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage(verb)

    an obstruction in a pipe or tube

    "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

  12. stop, halt(verb)

    come to a halt, stop moving

    "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window"

  13. discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off(verb)

    put an end to a state or an activity

    "Quit teasing your little brother"

  14. stop, halt, block, kibosh(verb)

    stop from happening or developing

    "Block his election"; "Halt the process"

  15. stop, stop over(verb)

    interrupt a trip

    "we stopped at Aunt Mary's house"; "they stopped for three days in Florence"

  16. stop(verb)

    cause to stop

    "stop a car"; "stop the thief"

  17. break, break off, discontinue, stop(verb)

    prevent completion

    "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"

  18. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back(verb)

    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 South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

  19. intercept, stop(verb)

    seize on its way

    "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"

  20. end, stop, finish, terminate, cease(verb)

    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"

  21. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar(verb)

    render unsuitable for passage

    "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"

  22. hold on, stop(verb)

    stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

    "Hold on a moment!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stop(verb)ɒp

    to finish doing

    Stop talking and listen.; I started writing and didn't stop until 3 a.m.

  2. stopɒp

    used to tell sb to stop

    Stop it, Jamie - you're being annoying.

  3. stopɒp

    to prevent

    They were stopping people from going into the building.; attempts to stop gun crime

  4. stopɒp

    to not move any farther

    Stop the car - I want to get out.; Let's stop here and eat lunch.

  5. stopɒp

    (of public transportation) to pause on a trip to allow passengers to get on or off

    The bus stops in several small towns on the way to Miami.

  6. stopɒp

    to not work or make not work anymore

    All the clocks in the building had stopped.; Stop the DVD at the scene where they meet.

  7. stop(noun)ɒp

    when you stop somewhere for a short time

    We made several stops along the way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stop(verb)

    to close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing; as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound

  2. Stop(verb)

    to obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way, road, or passage

  3. Stop(verb)

    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. Stop(verb)

    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. Stop(verb)

    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. Stop(verb)

    to point, as a composition; to punctuate

  7. Stop(verb)

    to make fast; to stopper

  8. Stop(verb)

    to cease to go on; to halt, or stand still; to come to a stop

  9. Stop(verb)

    to cease from any motion, or course of action

  10. Stop(verb)

    to spend a short time; to reside temporarily; to stay; to tarry; as, to stop with a friend

  11. Stop(noun)

    the act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; hindrance of progress or of action; cessation; repression; interruption; check; obstruction

  12. Stop(noun)

    that which stops, impedes, or obstructs; as obstacle; an impediment; an obstruction

  13. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    the diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses

  19. Stop(noun)

    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. Stop(noun)

    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


  1. Stop

    "Stop" is a song by the British pop group Spice Girls. It was written by the group members with Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins—the songwriters and production duo known as Absolute—at the same time as the group was filming scenes for their movie Spice World. "Stop" was produced by Wilson and Watkins for the group's second album Spiceworld, which was released in November 1997. "Stop" is an dance-pop song with influences of Motown's blue-eyed soul, and features instrumentation from a guitar and a brass. The music video, directed by James Brown and filmed in Ireland, features the group in a traditional British 1950s working class street and showed them playing with young girls in various children's games. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, with many of them complimenting the Motown influences and production. "Stop" was performed by the group in a number of live appearances in Europe and North America including their three tours. Released as the album's third single in March 1998, it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, ending the Spice Girls' streak of consecutive number-one singles in the United Kingdom at six. It was moderately successful internationally, peaking inside the top twenty on the majority of the charts that it entered. In the United States, "Stop" peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group's sixth consecutive top twenty on the chart. It was the group's last single that was released before Geri Halliwell's departure in May 1998 though it was not the last single to include her vocals.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #863

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stop' in Written Corpus Frequency: #411

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stop' in Nouns Frequency: #1615

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stop' in Verbs Frequency: #86

Anagrams of stop

  1. Opts

  2. POST

  3. POTS

  4. Spot

Translations for stop

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of stopping or state of being stopped

We made only two stops on our journey; Work came to a stop for the day.

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