What does stop mean?

Definitions for stopstɒp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stop.

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!"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stop

    stop, v.t. to stuff or close up: to obstruct: to render impassable: to hinder from further motion, progress, effect, or change: to restrain, repress, suppress, suspend: to intercept: to apply musical stops to: to regulate the sounds of a stringed instrument by shortening the strings with the fingers: (naut.) to make fast.—v.i. to cease going forward: to cease from any motion or action, to stay, tarry: to leave off: to be at an end: to ward off a blow:—pr.p. stop′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. stopped.—n. act of stopping: state of being stopped: hinderance: obstacle: interruption: (mus.) one of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced: a mark used in punctuation: an alphabetic sound involving a complete closure of the mouth-organs: a wooden batten on a door or window-frame against which it closes: a stop-thrust in fencing.—ns. Stop′-cock, a short pipe in a cask, &c., opened and stopped by turning a cock or key; Stop′-gap, that which fills a gap or supplies a deficiency, esp. an expedient of emergency; Stop′-mō′tion, a mechanical arrangement for producing an automatic stop in machinery, as for shutting off steam, &c.; Stop′page, act of stopping: state of being stopped: an obstruction; Stop′per, one who stops: that which closes a vent or hole, as the cork or glass mouthpiece for a bottle: (naut.) a short rope for making something fast.—v.t. to close or secure with a stopper.—ns. Stop′ping, that which fills up, material for filling up cracks, &c., filling material for teeth: Stop′ping-out, the practice in etching of covering certain parts with a composition impervious to acid, to keep the acid off them while allowing it to remain on the other parts to mark them more; Stop′-watch, a watch whose hands can be stopped to allow of time that has elapsed being calculated more exactly, used in timing a race, &c. [M. E. stoppen—O. Fr. estouper (Ice. stoppa, Ger. stopfen, to stuff); all from L. stupa, the coarse part of flax, tow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. stop

    The action of the driver of a craft or vehicle to use a specific part or mechanism in the vehicle to bring the motion of vehicle to an end.

    To stop a car the driver of the car must press the brake to stop the motion of the car and then use the handbrake where needed.

  2. stop

    To end an action.

    He was told in school to stop talking in class.

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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 for stop »

  1. Opts

  2. POST

  3. POTS

  4. Spot


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stop in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Janet Cooksey:

    This needs to stop.

  2. Malika Yousufi:

    Nothing will stop us.

  3. Tavon Austin:

    We just want it to stop.

  4. Heather Koehler:

    I could not stop crying.

  5. Michelle Fields:

    Seriously, just stop lying.

Images & Illustrations of stop

  1. stopstopstop

Translations for stop

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • stop, halte, punt, stilhouAfrikaans
  • مَوْقِف, وَقْفَة, أَوْقَفَ, تَوَقَّفَ, وَقَفَ, قفArabic
  • dayanacaqAzerbaijani
  • прыпы́нак, спыня́цца, спыні́ццаBelarusian
  • спи́рка, спи́рам, спра, прекратя́вамBulgarian
  • punt, parada, oclusiva, aturar, deixar, pararCatalan, Valencian
  • zastávka, ukončit, zůstat, zastavit, pobývat, skončitCzech
  • stoppested, stoppe, standseDanish
  • Stopper, Busstopp, Stoppball, Haltestelle, Punkt, Stopp, stoppen, aufhören, stehen bleiben, beenden, stopfen, anhalten, haltGerman
  • στάση, στοπ, παύω, σταματώ, τελειώνωGreek
  • haltejoEsperanto
  • parada, paradero, parar, dejar, deténgaseSpanish
  • peatusEstonian
  • ایستگاه, ماندن, نگه داشتن, ایستادن, درنگ كردن, بستن, بازداشتن, بازایستادنPersian
  • pysäytyslyönti, piste, seisake, pysäkki, stoppari, keskeytys, lopettaa, loppua, pysähtyä, pysäyttääFinnish
  • arrêt, occlusive, ammorti, arrêter, s'arrêter, cesser, arrêtezFrench
  • stûkjeWestern Frisian
  • stad, stopIrish
  • casg, crìochnaich, fan, leig seachad, cuir crìoch air, stadScottish Gaelic
  • עָצַר, גמר, נגמר, סתםHebrew
  • ठहरना, रुकना, रोकनाHindi
  • megálló, megállít, abbamarad, megszűnik, megáll, abbahagyHungarian
  • դադար, կանգառ, վերջանալ, դադարել, կանգնել, կանգ առնելArmenian
  • hentiIndonesian
  • punto, pulsante di arresto, fermata, registro, occlusiva, fermare, smettere, fermarsi, far smettere, stopItalian
  • 停留所, バス停, 止める, 止まる, 留まる, 停止Japanese
  • გაჩერება, დადგომაGeorgian
  • 정류장, 구치다, 정지하다, 멈추다, 서다, 그치다, 그만Korean
  • sekinîn, sekinandin, rawestandin, rawestînKurdish
  • inhibeo, absisto, consistere, detineo, quiesco, desinere, sistere, desistere, cesso, cohibeo, subsistoLatin
  • stotelėLithuanian
  • punkts, pietura, apstātiesLatvian
  • taunga, komutu, tiriwā, purupuru, tūMāori
  • постојка, застанува, застанеMacedonian
  • perhentian, hentiMalay
  • ရပ်Burmese
  • holdeplassNorwegian
  • komma, occlusief, pauze, halte, puntkomma, register, stopper, stop, dubbele punt, punt, langsgaan, stoppen, blijven, deppen, stilstaan, aanhouden, verblijven, beëindigen, afbreken, ophouden, halthoudenDutch
  • przystanek, zatrzymać się, zatrzymaćPolish
  • oclusiva, parada, interrupção, ponto final, ponto, plosiva, obstáculo, tapar, parar, deixar, passar, tamparPortuguese
  • sayayQuechua
  • minge stopată, punct, stop, oclusivă, opri, terminaRomanian
  • остано́в, остано́вка, кла́пан, взрывно́й согла́сный, знак препина́ния, сто́пор, ограничи́тель, останови́ться, заткну́ть, переста́ть, прекрати́ть, останови́ть, прекрати́ться, остана́вливаться, прекраща́ть, остана́вливать, прекраща́ться, затыка́ть, перестава́ть, остановиться, стоять, стопRussian
  • станица, stanica, stajalište, стајалиште, zaustavljati, заустављати, зауставити, zaustavitiSerbo-Croatian
  • zastávka, zastaviť, prerušiť, prestaťSlovak
  • postaja, ustaviti, ustavljatiSlovene
  • stopp, hållplats, punkt, stoppboll, klusil, avbryta, stanna, sluta, upphöra, stoppa, haltSwedish
  • ఉండు, ఆగు, ఆపుTelugu
  • หยุด, ป้ายรถเมล์Thai
  • tigilTagalog
  • durak, mola, durmak, durdurmak, kesmek, durTurkish
  • зупи́нка, зупини́тися, зупиня́тисяUkrainian
  • رکناUrdu
  • bến xe, dừng lạiVietnamese
  • aresterWalloon

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