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(1)   A step in walking or running
(2)   The relative speed of progress or change
"He lived at a fast pace"
"He works at a great rate"
"The pace of events accelerated"
(3)   A unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
(4)   The distance covered by a step
"He stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
(5)   The rate of moving (especially walking or running)
(6)   The rate of some repeating event


(7)   Measure (distances) by pacing
"Step off ten yards"
(8)   Regulate or set the pace of
"Pace your efforts"
(9)   Walk with slow or fast paces
"He paced up and down the hall"
(10)   Go at a pace
"The horse paced"


  1. A step taken with the foot.
    Even at the duel, standing 10 paces apart, he could have satisfied Aaron’s honor.
  2. An English Customary Unit of distance measuring approximately five feet.
    I have perambulated your field, and estimate its perimeter to be 219 paces.
  3. Speed or velocity.
    OHSU accelerates the pace of technology spin-offs.
  4. A measure of the hardness of a pitch and of the tendency of a cricket ball to maintain its speed after bouncing.
  5. For ground forces, the speed of a column or element regulated to maintain a prescribed average speed.
  6. A 2-beat, lateral gait of a horse.
  7. The collective noun for donkeys.


  1. Walk to and fro in a small space.
  2. Set the speed in a race.
  3. Measure by walking.

Etymology 2

From pace, “in peace”, ablative form of pax, “peace”.