What does pace mean?

Definitions for pace
ˈpeɪ si, ˈpɑ tʃeɪ; Lat. ˈpɑ kɛpace

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pace, gaitnoun

    the rate of moving (especially walking or running)

  2. footstep, pace, step, stridenoun

    the distance covered by a step

    "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"

  3. pace, ratenoun

    the relative speed of progress or change

    "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"

  4. pace, stride, treadnoun

    a step in walking or running

  5. tempo, pacenoun

    the rate of some repeating event

  6. yard, paceverb

    a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

  7. paceverb

    walk with slow or fast paces

    "He paced up and down the hall"

  8. paceverb

    go at a pace

    "The horse paced"

  9. pace, stepverb

    measure (distances) by pacing

    "step off ten yards"

  10. paceverb

    regulate or set the pace of

    "Pace your efforts"


  1. pacenoun

    The rate of progress of any process or activity; as, the students ran at a rapid pace; the plants grew at a remarkable pace.

  2. Paceverb

    To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground. Often used with out; as, to pace out the distance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PACEnoun

    Etymology: pas, French.

    Behind her death,
    Close following pace for pace, not mounted yet
    On his pale horse. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    He himself went but a kind of languishing pace, with his eyes sometimes cast up to heaven, as though his fancies strove to mount higher. Philip Sidney.

    He saw Menalcas come with heavy pace;
    Wet were his eyes, and chearless was his face. Addison.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to-day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusky death. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Bring me word
    How the world goes, that to the pace of it
    I may spur on my journey. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    His teachers were fain to restrain his forwardness; that his brothers, under the same training, might hold pace with him. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    The beggar sings ev’n when he sees the place,
    Beset with thieves, and never mends his pace. Dryden.

    Just as much
    He mended pace upon the touch. Hudibras, p. i.

    Marcia could answer thee in sighs, keep pace
    With all thy woes, and count out tear for tear. Addison.

    Hudibras applied his spur to one side of his horse, as not doubting but the other would keep pace with it. Addison.

    The first pace necessary for his majesty to make, is to fall into confidence with Spain. William Temple.

    Measuring land by walking over it, they styled a double step; i. e. the space from the elevation of one foot, to the same foot set down again, mediated by a step of the other foot; a pace equal to five foot; a thousand of which paces made a mile. William Holder, on Time.

    The violence of tempests never moves the sea above six paces deep. John Wilkins, Math. Magic.

    They rode, but authors having not
    Determin’d whether pace or trot;
    That’s to say, whether tollutation,
    As they do term it, or succussation. Hudibras.

  2. To Paceverb

    Where is the horse that doth untread again
    His tedious measures with th’ unbated fire,
    That he did pace them first. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.

    If you can, pace your wisdom
    In that good path that I would wish it go,
    And you shall have your bosom on this wretch. William Shakespeare.

  3. To Paceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He soft arrived on the grassie plain,
    And fairly paced forth with easy pain. Hubberd.

    As we pac’d along
    Upon the giddy footing of the hatches,
    Methought, that Gloster stumbl’d. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I beheld
    Crispinus, both in birth and manners vile,
    Pacing in pomp with cloak of Tyrian dye,
    Chang’d oft a day. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    The moon rose in the clearest sky I ever saw, by whose solemn light I paced on slowly without interruption. Alexander Pope.

    The nymph, obedient to divine command,
    To seek Ulysses, pac’d along the sand. Alexander Pope.

    Remember well, with speed so pace,
    To speak of Perdita. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. pace

    Pace generally refers to the speed or rate at which something happens or moves. It can be used to refer to the tempo or rhythm in music, the speed of movement in walking or running, or the speed at which work is completed or progress is made. In a broader term, it can also refer to the general flow or progression of events or actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pacenoun

    a single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step

  2. Pacenoun

    the length of a step in walking or marching, reckoned from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other; -- used as a unit in measuring distances; as, he advanced fifty paces

  3. Pacenoun

    manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk; as, the walk, trot, canter, gallop, and amble are paces of the horse; a swaggering pace; a quick pace

  4. Pacenoun

    a slow gait; a footpace

  5. Pacenoun

    specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack

  6. Pacenoun

    any single movement, step, or procedure

  7. Pacenoun

    a broad step or platform; any part of a floor slightly raised above the rest, as around an altar, or at the upper end of a hall

  8. Pacenoun

    a device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web

  9. Paceverb

    to go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps

  10. Paceverb

    to proceed; to pass on

  11. Paceverb

    to move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack

  12. Paceverb

    to pass away; to die

  13. Paceverb

    to walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon; as, the guard paces his round

  14. Paceverb

    to measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground

  15. Paceverb

    to develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in

  16. Etymology: [OE. pas, F. pas, from L. passus a step, pace, orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; cf. pandere, passum, to spread, stretch; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Pas, Pass.]


  1. Pace

    Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was created in 1983 by the RTA Act, which established the formula that provides funding to CTA, Metra and Pace. In 2010, Pace had 35.077 million riders. Pace's headquarters are in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Pace is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors, 12 of which are current and former suburban mayors, with the other being the Commissioner of the [Chicago] Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, to represent the city's paratransit riders. The six counties that Pace serves are Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry and DuPage. Some of Pace's buses also go to Chicago and Indiana. In some areas, notably Evanston and Skokie, Pace and Chicago Transit Authority both serve the community. Many of Pace's hubs are located at CTA rail stations and Metra stations. CTA and Pace transit cards are valid on Pace, but Pace cards and passes are not valid on the CTA. Additionally, since CTA no longer issues transfers with cash bus fares, it no longer accepts Pace transfers, either, but Pace transfers remain good between Pace routes. Pace honors some, but not all CTA passes; CTA and Pace have established a new joint 7-day pass, in substitution for the CTA 7-day pass, which Pace no longer accepts. Metra fares are completely separate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pace

    pās, n. a stride: the space between the feet in walking, 30 inches, a step: gait: rate of walking (of a man or beast): rate of speed in movement or work, often applied to fast living: mode of stepping in horses in which the legs on the same side are lifted together: amble: (obs.) a passage.—v.t. to measure by steps: to cause to progress: to train in walking or stepping.—v.i. to walk: to walk slowly: to amble.—adj. Paced, having a certain pace or gait.—ns. Pace′-mak′er, one who sets the pace, as in a race; Pac′er, one who paces: a horse whose usual gait is a pace.—Keep, or Hold, pace with, to go as fast as: to keep up with. [Fr. pas—L. passus, a step—pandĕre, passum, to stretch.]

  2. Pace

    pā′sē, prep. with or by the leave of (expressing disagreement courteously). [L., abl. of pax, peace.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. pace

    For ground forces, the speed of a column or element regulated to maintain a prescribed average speed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pace

    A measure, often used for reconnoitring objects. The common pace is 2-1/2 feet, or half the geometrical pace. The pace is also often roughly assumed as a yard.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pace

    (Lat. passus). In its modern acceptation, is the distance, when the legs are extended in walking, between the heel of one foot and that of the other. Among disciplined men the pace becomes one of constant length, and as such is of the utmost value in determining military movements, the relative distances of corps and men being fixed by the number of paces marched, and so on. The pace varies in different countries; in the United States it is 28 inches direct step, and 33 double step; in Great Britain 30 inches direct step, and 33 double step. With the Romans the pace had a different signification; the single extension of the legs was not with them a pace (passus), but a step (gradus); their pace being the interval between the mark of a heel and the next mark of the same heel, or a double step. This pace was equivalent to 4.84 English feet.

Editors Contribution

  1. pace

    A speed of movement.

    The pace during the 5km was moderate all the way.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PACE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pace is ranked #868 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pace surname appeared 39,879 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname Pace.

    78.2% or 31,209 total occurrences were White.
    16.4% or 6,576 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 937 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 682 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 267 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 203 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pace' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3220

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pace' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4306

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pace' in Nouns Frequency: #1259

Anagrams for pace »

  1. APEC

  2. cape

  3. EPCA

  4. cepa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pace in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pace in a Sentence

  1. Simone Biles:

    That’s just a stat that’s been placed into everybody’s head that you can peak too soon. We have a peaking pace and I think my pace is just fine. I don’t think I have peaked yet, we’re all glad that we have a little bit of time to get ready( for next year's Rio Games). .

  2. Grant Kimberley:

    We're not going to quite make the goal in the phase one deal, in part because China started buying too late in the year, but if they continue on this pace, we might get over it next year. It's looking really good.

  3. Sam Khater:

    Mortgage rates rose across all mortgage loan types, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing by almost a quarter of a percent from last week, the rise in mortgage rates so far this year has not yet affected purchase demand, but given the fast pace of home price growth, it will likely dampen demand in the near future.

  4. Fatih Birol:

    The industry appears on track to achieve positive free cash flow for the first time ever this year, turning into a more mature and financially solid industry while production is growing at its fastest pace ever.

  5. Keith Pogson:

    As the pace of economic growth slows, more Chinese companies are set to look outside. That could lead to Chinese and Japanese companies competing for similar assets.

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  • سرعةArabic
  • аҙымBashkir
  • amb tot el respecte perCatalan, Valencian
  • krokCzech
  • Schritt, Pass, Geschwindigkeit, Passgang, TempoGerman
  • βήμα, ρυθμόςGreek
  • paŝoEsperanto
  • galope, trote, ritmo, con todo respeto, con el debido respeto, pasoSpanish
  • askellaji, liike, askelpari, askel, lauma, tahti, passi, jalkatyöFinnish
  • rythme, arpenter, train, tempo, pasFrench
  • lépésHungarian
  • քայլArmenian
  • 速度を保つ, 側対歩, アンブル, 歩測, ペース, 速度, だく足, 歩幅, 歩調Japanese
  • passus, paceLatin
  • solis, gaitaLatvian
  • toihā, whetokoMāori
  • steg, takt, skritt, skritte oppNorwegian
  • takt, steg, stege oppNorwegian Nynorsk
  • passNorwegian
  • chodzić tam i z powrotem, krok, tempoPolish
  • passoPortuguese
  • ritm, pas, tempo, umblaRomanian
  • измерять шагами, при всём моём уважении, при всём уважении, скорость, шагать, прохаживаться, иноходь, поступь, расхаживать, аллюр, задавать темп, походка, шаг, темпRussian
  • korak, hitrostSlovene
  • mwendoSwahili
  • வேகம்Tamil
  • ก้าวThai
  • крокUkrainian

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